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Bask in the off-road glory of the Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4^2

Rocking a pair of portal axles, the G550 4x4² is an extreme variant of Mercedes' oldest workhorse, a utility vehicle that hasn't stopped dominating rough terrain since it first went on sale to the public in 1979.

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This car is a monster.

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Featuring a set of high-mounted portal axles, the G550 4x4² features a ride height nearly twice as high as the standard G550.

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By tucking axle tubes and the differential high up on the vehicle, the 4x4² adds a level of capability not seen on the standard G-Class.

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Fording depth is up to 39.4 inches, besting even Range Rover, which has some of the best out-of-the-factory off-roading specs of any utility vehicle brand.

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Its approach angle is 51.6 degrees, departure is 47.4 and its breakover angle is 47.4 degrees.

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Those three figures are each about 20 degrees higher than on a standard G550.

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Powered by a 4.0-liter V-8, putting out 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet, it has the same output figures as the standard G550.

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It isn't the first Geländewagen to feature portal axles -- that honor belongs to the AMG 6x6, a monstrosity of engineering that would make Dr. Moreau proud.

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While it was originally only available in Europe, the 4x4² is now coming to the US.

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It'll be here by early next year.

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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² (European model shown)
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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² (European model shown)
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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² (European model shown)
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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² (European model shown)
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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² (European model shown)
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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² (European model shown)
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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² (European model shown)
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The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² (European model shown)

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