Nope, we don’t really know what’s going on with the world anymore. Perhaps winning the Formula 1 World Championship last year has sent Mercedes-Benz a little mad. But, for whatever reason, they’ve built this fluorescent yellow/green monster.
Mercedes wants to stress that this G500 4×4² is only a show car. But one that’s almost production ready, and with a 4.0 litre Biturbo V8 engine that would meet EURO 6 emissions standards -ones not needed until 2016. But it’s not for sale. Honest. You can’t buy it. Don’t ask them.
Based on the equally mental G 63 AMG 6×6 from a couple of years ago, the G 500 4×4² takes the same powertrain from the 6-wheeler and drops one axle to create this insanity. Riding on optional 18″ wheels with special off-road tyres, the 4×4² can wade in water up to 1 metre deep, has an approach angle of some 52 degrees, and ground clearance of 450 mm. All three differentials (front, rear and centre) can be locked, and there’s a set of serious stainless steel guards underneath the body should things get a little too rough.
Whilst this may sound like ultimate off-road specification, it’s worth pointing out that the 4.0 litre V8 produces some 422 bhp. Oh, and the G 500 4×4² comes equipped with a sport mode for the suspension, along with a comfort setting. Yup, it has a sport mode; we’re still not quite sure what to make of that. The adaptive suspension settings work on one of the two spring/damper struts per corner – the other spring/damper setting remains constant, regardless of what button you press on the dashboard.
That’s a dashboard finished in luxurious black leather with contrasting stitching, which also covers the centre console and armrests. Dinamica microfibre material, in a diamond pattern, is used to cover the seats and door panels, with more Dinamica on the headlining and internal roof pillars. Externally, most obvious are the flared carbon-fibre wheel arches, along with the LED light strips mounted above the front windscreen. Expect to see them coming to an old M-Class sometime soon.
Officially, like we said above, the G 500 4×4² is not for sale. Yet. But if you head along to the Geneva Motor Show next week – preferably with a big bag of cash – and tell Mercedes you want five, they’ll probably build it. The G 63 AMG 6×6 originally started out as a ‘near series’ show car yet ended up being built. We imagine there are plenty of wealthy individuals who could afford the several hundred thousand dollars for a G 500 4×4². To think, we thought things had gone weird with the GLE 63 AMG…