Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen Goes on Walkabout, Fails


Mercedes-Benz's latest PR stunt hasn't quite worked out the way they planned it.

To showcase the toughness and durability of the G-Wagen, Mercedes-Benz sent six of their top-of-the-line military-style SUVs through the Australian Outback. Well, unfortunately for the German automaker, the PR stunt didn't quite come off and their rides don't have the same toughness as Wolverine... hmm, Hugh Jackman in the Australian summer. 70km of rough, corrugated Western Australian terrain blew out the shock absorbers on five of the six G-Wagens leaving them literally stranded in the Outback.

Mercedes is trying to become the first car manufacturer to cross the 1900km Canning Stock Route, and the only vehicle that survived their latest jaunt was the singular military-spec G-Wagen. The G-Wagen is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V6. The military-spec G-Wagen runs on a 5.5-liter V8. "When we undertook this journey we were well aware of the punishment that the vehicles would endure. We put in place a group of very experienced Outback operators who have the expertise and logistical knowledge to cover off any eventuality," said Horst von Sanden, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Australia.

You Might Also Like
The 1,000-HP Production Car Club Is Smaller Than You Think
The 1,000-HP Production Car Club Is Smaller Than You Think
Porsche Wanted To Build An SUV 45 Years Before The Cayenne Arrived
Porsche Wanted To Build An SUV 45 Years Before The Cayenne Arrived

Mercedes is flying in parts to a local airfield in an attempt to get the cars operational again. The Australian Defense Force uses the same type of military-spec G-Wagen, so it's a good thing the Germans brought the powerful SUV along. It will meet the flight at the airport and bring back the supplies to the waiting team members. The 14 stranded members of the trek still have 800km left. They fortunately have enough provisions to last them the duration of their wait. The Canning Stock Route is 1900km long and located in the Australian Outback. It crosses the Great Sandy Desert and the perilous route has never been run before by a car.

The heat in the summer regularly passes over 30C, as one of the crews found out first-hand how hot the Outback is as their vehicle's AC unit failed. If Mercedes-Benz can get all their vehicles through in one piece it would truly be an accomplishment.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

One-Off Ferrari 330GT Speciale Is A 50-Year-Old Dream Come True

This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.

What's Hot