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Jon Olsson Creates World's First Convertible Mercedes G500 4x4²

You can imagine this happening in The Grand Tour or Top Gear.

From a supercharged snow-prepped Lamborghini Huracan to a custom Rolls-Royce Wraith with over 800-hp, Swedish skier Jon Olsson is renowned for his outlandish Winter rides. A few months ago, he started his latest conversion project after buying a brand-new $300,000 Mercedes G500 4x4 Squared and transforming it into a beastly 800-hp winter warrior. But then Olsson discovered the G500 was too big to fit in Monaco parking garages. He was also worried his G500 wouldn’t stand out from the crowd of eye-catching custom G Wagons.

The solution? Cut the roof off and transform it into the world’s first convertible Mercedes G500 4x4 Squared. It may sound like the sort of silly stunt The Grand Tour or Top Gear team would attempt (remember the convertible Renault Espace in Top Gear?), but Olsson’s convertible G500 4x4 Squared at least serves a practical purpose.

You can see Olsson and his team cutting the roof of the G500 4x4 Squared in his latest video blog. The project is still a work in progress however, as he still needs to find a solution to protect the off-roader from the elements. But practicality was far down on his list of priorities. “A fun car is rarely practical and at least in this one I still have four seats and a sound system”, he wrote. ”So way more practical than the Rebellion and the Praga - I even have seat heating!” Olsson is planning to reveal the finished Mercedes G500 4x4 Squared Convertible on January 16 and promises that we can also expect to see a few surprise additions to the off-roader as well.

“It’s probably one of the craziest things I have done to cut the roof of a G wagon. But I can't let ideas I get so I had to do it. I think it will be the perfect Monaco beach cruiser!” Before Olsson cut the roof off, he had already fitted his G500 4x4 Squared with upgraded suspension, large off-road tires, custom lighting, a bull bar, roof rack, and a camouflaged body wrap matching his previous custom car projects. Its 422-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine has also been modified to produce around 800 hp. Since the current G Wagon finished production in October to make way for the all-new model next year, this could be a spectacular send-off for the iconic off-roader.

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