The Mercedes-AMG G 63 4×4 squared has the world’s most pointless portal axle

We all know no G-wagen will ever go anywhere near off the beaten path, but Mercedes-Benz just keeps doing this. Following up on the wild G 550 4×4² from 2018, the German carmaker has now unveiled a new 4×4² model with Mercedes-AMG G 63 power, and the world’s most pointless portal axle.

The 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine from the G 63 gives the latest 4×4² a monstrous 585 hp and 850 nm of output, which sends the massive hunk of metal from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds.

That’s obviously very cool, but the G 63 4×4²’s party trick is its portal axle, which uses gearsets on each end to offset the wheel hub from the axle’s centreline. The exotic set-up helps raise the car’s ground clearance up to 351 mm, and water wading capabilities to a depth of 910 mm – the latter even higher than some pick-up trucks.

You won’t be needing it anyway, but you’ll be happy to know that the new Mercedes-AMG G 63 4×4² can also tackle steep inclines at up to a 45-degree angle.

Let’s be honest – the 4×4² is just a show-off piece for Premier League footballers who want to look even more extravagant than their peers. To that end, it gets a whole lot of carbon fibre trims, including fender extensions that still struggle to completely cover the massive 22-inch wheels.

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There’s also the carbon-fibre roof “spoiler” with forward-facing LEDs, alongside the “professional” roof rack and ladder at the back, and of course the carbon-fibre full-size spare wheel holder.

The carbon fibre trims extend inside the 4×4², which G-Class Head of Product Management Toni Mäntele says is to give the car an “exclusive touch”, because obviously, it’s not there to save weight. For a little extra pizzazz, the G 63 4×4² also gets a special start-up animation in the digital instrument cluster to remind you what you’re driving – even if you practically just climbed into the tall cabin.

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Mercedes-Benz isn’t saying how much this will cost, but we aren’t expecting anything close to “affordable”, seeing that it’s even more ridiculous than the already-expensive, regular G 63 – not to mention that it’ll also be a limited run model.

While we still don’t see the point of this, we still have to give credit to Mercedes-AMG for doing something just because they can – and that’s how you keep cars fun.


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