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This Is The Mercedes G500 4x4 Squared On Steroids

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This is no ordinary G-Wagen.

While the Jeep Wrangler might be considered one of the world's premier off-road machines with military heritage, it's not the only one, nor does it have the longest history of conquering anything thrown at it. That honor goes to the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, having made its debut back in 1979, which was created with the dual purpose of servicing both military and civilian needs. Since then, it's evolved into a luxury machine that's still tough as nails, but will cosset the occupants inside a box of plush leather, LED lighting, and contemporary technology. It hasn't lost the robustness of the original Gelandewagen, however, and should you be brave enough to take a $124,500 G-Class off-road, the military underpinnings are more than happy to do the job. But should the world end, or be overrun with zombies that care more for human brains than the screens of smart devices, there's a G-Class perfect for that occasion, too.

Gruma Automobile GmbH
Gruma Automobile GmbH
Gruma Automobile GmbH

Meet the Gruma Enok P1. What started its life as a humble G 500 4x4 Squared has been changed into something else entirely. Developed and built by Gruma Automobile GmbH, a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Germany, the 'Enok' designation means it's classified as an LAPV (Light Armored Patrol Vehicle), while the P1 designates that it's the 'pedestrian' version for everyday use. It's still pretty damn hardcore, though, as the Enok P1 was built in conjunction with Armored Car Systems, making it an armored German military vehicle that'll keep you safe from any zombie apocalypse or case of mild road rage. It must surely be one of the best armored vehicles money can buy.

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Among the numerous exterior modifications made to give the Enok P1 its aggressive appearance, the bodywork has been built with a substantial amount of armor plating, although just how much hasn't been divulged. We do know that the passenger compartment is steel-reinforced and can withstand assault rifle fire and anti-tank ordinance, while the windows have been replaced with bulletproof material. The 37-inch tires are wrapped around armored Beadlock wheels, and together with portal axles for the 4x4 system, the Enok P1 can pretty much climb over anything standing in its way. There are other mechanical changes, too, like a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 under the hood developing 416 horsepower. That's enough power to get the Enok P1 moving at a fairly rapid rate, even if the substantial amount of body armor means it isn't G63 quick.

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Gruma Automobile GmbH via Youtube

All the exterior enhancement doesn't come at the expense of luxury, though. Instead, the P1 is still a luxury SUV inside, with leather upholstery, heated seats, contrast stitching on the seats, liberal doses of Alcantara, and even carbon fiber trim inserts. Simply put, it means you can sink into plush leather seats, set the heated seats to 'mild toast' levels, and conquer gunfire in pure comfort. Gruma hasn't divulged the price of the Enok P1, but we feel it's fair to say, if you have to ask, you can't afford one anyway.

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