Just look at this animal go!
Mercedes-Benz has been producing some of the world's most capable cars for over a century, including blisteringly fast supercars such as the AMG GT R, and mountain-conquering off-roaders such as the indomitable G-Class. These cars deliver world class performances in their natural habitats, but what if you plunge them into unknown territory? The 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S recently smashed the Nurburgring lap record for executive luxury cars, taking the title away from Porsche's Panamera, which makes total sense when you look at the car's impressive specs. But a recently posted video shows a 2021 Mercedes AMG G550 4x4² prototype lapping the ring. The car is clearly out of its comfort zone, but it's still a pleasure to watch.
The new hardcore 4x4 Squared variant of the G-Class was spotted in September undergoing high-altitude testing in the Alps and has now been seen raging around the Green Hell. In the video, one can see the lumbering mass take on the corners with considerable body roll and tire squeal. The car has been camouflaged at the front and rear, and features massively flared wheel arches and the ride height of a monster truck. The front grille also sports larger intakes compared to the standard G-Class and has been blacked out to conceal finer details. At the back, the rear bumper now features a metal step up and a swing-out spare wheel carrier.
Expect the new G-Class 4x4 Squared to be powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine producing 416 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque, but a more powerful version will surely be in the cards. Mercedes-Benz hasn't announced the new G-Class 4x4 Squared yet, but the car should break cover by the end of the year and go on sale in 2021. The last generation G-Class 4x4 Squared, which ended production in 2018, had a price tag of $227,300, so expect a price along those lines. The new car will most likely be sold in limited numbers, as the last generation was capped at 300 units.