History lesson the Mercedes GClass BBC Top Gear

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We recently that there’s no godly to buy a G63 AMG. The styling’s antiquated, utterly terrifying to drive and horribly expensive. Truly, expensive — Mercedes has today that the G350 will start from and the G63 AMG from. Wait for it. £123,115. One and twenty three THOUSAND

But that hasn’t stopped of you commenting that you still one. Badly. So we thought you a bit of a G-Class history lesson (it being the G-Wagen in 1998, by the

Darling of oligarchs, arms and Richard Hammond, MB’s … has, unsurprisingly, military roots. More it’s not actually a dyed-in-the-wool

Back in the seventies, the Shah of suggested to Mercedes that it be a nice if it built an SUV (née MB promptly hopped into bed Austrian military vehicle Steyr-Daimler-Puch, and started creating the (German for cross-country vehicle) for and military use.

A development rumbled through most of the including excursions to German the Sahara desert, and the Arctic And Steyr-Daimler-Puch began hand-building the G in the Graz factory they’re in today, ready for its 1979


When it arrived on sale you choose either a short or long (2850mm) wheelbase. The came in two-door ragtop or flavour, but the big ‘un was only as a four-door wagon. You could get both of the estates as windowless vans, called Kastenwagen.

they were sturdy old The cubic body sits on top of a chassis, under which SP three fully locking Engine-wise, the lineup was all Mercedes. You pick from a selection of petrols (a 2.0-litre and 2.3-litre or a 2.8-litre six) and three (a 2.4-litre four-cylinder diesel, or a and 3.0-litre five-pot). Incidentally, all of the appeared in one of James’ favourites, the W123 .

The amalgam of military underwear and oily bits was a successful and it soon found favour the military — in its career, seen service with 63 and Mercedes has had to promise NATO it’ll carry on building till 2025. But there was a When MB started developing the G, the man thought would buy it had straw in his not a plum. And even though it some concessions to comfort its civilian versions, utilitarian and prosthetic-limb beige was still much par for the course, despite a high price tag.

This would all have fine if the luxo-SUV hadn’t been invented by Range Obviously, MB wanted in, but instead of an all-new model to take on the RR, it some its saloon-car spec the G.

The first major refinements in 1981 and included an auto’ box and air a year later it got comfier seats lifted from car line-up, auxiliary heating and tyres. Having generated column inches with a rally win in ‘83, MB kept in the kit; by ’87 it was fitting the G electric windows, a power and luggage covers.

In 1989 it got its full pimp out — to the G’s tenth anniversary, in permanent four-wheel drive, trim, ABS, a top-spec and three electronically-locking differentials.

But in 2004, everything changed. The ’90 Gs were definitely but they weren’t quick, and its customer base started Mercedes’ solution was simple hand it over to in-house AMG. Subsequently, its squeezed in a supercharged V8, 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 and now the latest offering — a twin-turbo V12, which 612hp and 737lb ft. In a car with a Cd of That’s the same as a 1969 Torino convertible.

But clinging on to its styling, refusing to compromise on its ability and stuffing it with finery — and AMG power has somehow kept the G alive, unchanged, for the last 33 years. And everything (and Paul rather scathing review ) rather pleased it exists. it really, truly, shouldn’t, if it can do this .

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