When the G-Wagon got here out in 1979, it solely had 71 horsepower. These days, each G550 comes with a twin-turbocharged 4.0 liter V8 that makes 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. That energy is transferred to the pavement — or filth — by way of a regular all-wheel drive system, with locking differentials each entrance and rear, and 9.5 inches of floor clearance to go over obstacles.
Whereas the newer second-generation G-Wagon has an improved trip as a consequence of new impartial entrance suspension and a decrease middle of gravity, its boxy sheet metallic and tall profile nonetheless topic the uber-SUV’s occupant to appreciable wind noise and uncertainty when cornering. In a straight line, the G550 is surprisingly fast; attaining 0-60 MPH in simply over 5 seconds on its approach to the electronically-limited prime velocity of 130 MPH.
Lately, the G-Wagon’s popularity because the de facto luxe off-roader has been challenged by the likes of the Land Rover Defender, Audi RS Q8, Maserati Levante, and others — all with a cheaper price of admission. Apart from the lofty buy value, the G550’s different shortfalls embrace a smallish cargo space, cramped rear seat, and poor gas financial system, however none of that issues for those who’re available in the market for a G-Wagon.
On the finish of the day, the G-Wagon initiatives a sure picture. Consumers are drawn to its rough-and-tumble toughness, its army origin, its many superstar endorsements, in addition to the timeless styling the G-Wagon boasts.