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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G550: Even The $120k Base Model Is Damn Cool

But is it really worth $120k?

The iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon has been in existence for 37 years now. There may have been a brief time when Mercedes considered discontinuing it, sales are still going strong and some major upgrades are expected for 2018. But today we have for you the 2016 G550, the so-called base model within the US G-Class lineup. At the higher end of the spectrum are the absolutely bonkers AMG G63 and G65 and their hand-built twin-turbo engines.

But say either of those two are bit too much for you (although we don’t see how or why), and you wanted a G-Wagon that was cheaper and a bit less powerful. The answer is the G550, which itself received an update for 2016. Power comes from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque.

Paired to a seven-speed automatic, power is sent to all four wheels, which, in turn will reward you with one of the best off-roading experiences today. With its body-on-frame chassis, the G550 is pretty much the exact opposite of a crossover. This is a pure SUV, German-style. And like just about all other premium German-built vehicles, the G-Wagon ain’t cheap. As the title of this here article suggests, the G550, again the base model, has a starting price of $120,000. Is it worth it? Yes, but when you factor in the G63’s price and power factors, the G550 may not be the best value. Then again, it’s still a wicked cool G-Wagon. Special thanks to Mercedes-Benz of Sacramento for letting us film the car.

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