Nothin’ but a G-thang
THE G-SERIES, or Gelandewagen, has a history dating back 30 years, originating as the answer to a request from the Shah of Iran for a capable off-road vehicle. It has since seen service with the armed forces for most major military powers. The Australian Defence Force has in recent times replaced most of its Land Rovers with G-wagens – even the Pope got in on the action a few years ago with a heavily customised example!
Mercedes-benz had considered killing off the G-class in favour of the massive, hyper-luxurious Gl-series, but G-class fans are a staunch bunch and made M-B back down. It opened up sales to the USA in 2002 and the G-series scored another win with both off-roaders and Beverly Hills fashionistas alike.
The G55 and G63 AMG models widened the appeal even further, with sports-tuned suspension, brutal V8 engines and performance times that most muscle cars struggle to achieve, yet were still capable off the tar!
Updated and refreshed in 2014, the 1980s styling copped a tweak with new front-end and LED headlights, as well as a full suite of 21st Century electronics and a dashboard design that dates from the Arctic Monkeys era, not Duran Duran.