Nothin’ but a G-thang

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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.

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