Mercedes G-Class

Mercedes-Benz gears up for massive price increases of the G-Class in Germany. But over in the United States, the Three-Pointed Star is much obliged to present yet another special edition of the luxury off-road SUV.“Edition 550” is how this fellow is called. The moniker references the G 550 on which it’s based, and production is limited to 200 examples. A visual package in all but name, the Edition 550 is available in three colors: the Jupiter Red in the main photograph, Arabian Gray, and Moonlight White. The latter is arguably the most special because it comes from the Manufaktur in-house customization division. Unfortunately for prospective customers, we don’t know how much Moonlight White adds to the sticker price of the Edition 550. Speaking of which, the German automaker hasn’t even bothered to publish the starting price of the glorified visual package. Mercedes-Benz USA still lists the 2021 model on their website from $131,750 for the G 550 and

It’s fair to say way back in the 1970s, when Mercedes engineers were developing a vehicle to be used by the German military and agricultural workers, next to no consideration was given for how such a vehicle might drive on-road in fairly easy, potentially fast, conditions. Of course everyone is well aware of the recent success of the G-Class concerning its popularity among society’s elite, especially the extremely potent AMG models, but it simply doesn’t drive as well as it should. Capable off-road it may be, and still clearly is, the G-Class needed some proper attention on key areas like ride and handling. Welcome, then, the new Mercedes W464 Geländewagen. At first glance it may look like a small evolution of the 39-year-old original, but dig deeper and you’ll find no end of changes and enhancements to finally give the G-Class a chance to behave better on the tarmac, while still

How do you replace a classic? Moreover, how do you improve it? It’s a question that’s been asked in many boardrooms over the decades and with varied success, though a list of triumphs would probably be dwarfed by the list of disappointments concerning myriad motoring greats. The Jaguar E-Type is a bonafide star, as is the long-awaited and brilliant F-Type but in reality the actual replacement was the underwhelming XJ-S which couldn’t fill such big shoes. The BMW E30 M3 is as desirable today as it was 30 years ago as a homologation special, and while the E36 M3 was no bad thing in Europe the US model was weak as water. The Lamborghini Murcielago, a rabid, ruthless monster with real Sant’Agata V12 heritage may have been usurped by the technologically superior and faster Aventador, but arguably it was at the expense of the overall result being somewhat sanitized. It’s

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