G500 4×4 Squared Concept: A Beast On the Road & Off

March 30th, 2015 by
Mercedes-Benz stuns the auto world once again with the unveiling of the G500 4×4 Squared. Currently still a concept vehicle, the G500 4×4 Squared is an exciting follow-up to the mammoth six-wheeled G3 AMG® 6×6 released in 2012. Just like the G3 AMG® 6×6, the all-new G500 4×4 Squared has been engineered to exacting production quality and is ready to go anywhere its adventurous owners decide to take it. According to recent reports, the retail version of the G500 4×4 Squared will go on sale later this year in the U.S. at a price that will top $300,000. The G3 AMG® 6×6 sold out quickly after its release, and everyone is expecting the same warm reception for the G500 4×4 Squared.

Beefing up the G500 with a New Engine

To create the G500 4×4 Squared, Mercedes-Benz designers and engineers started with the standard G500. The two models share the same wheelbase and the same ladder-frame chassis with bodywork that has been tweaked to give the new vehicle a distinctive look. The G500 4×4 Squared features a new production engine. It’s based on the engine that powers the outstanding Mercedes-AMG® GT. Gone is the old three-valve-per-cylinder naturally aspirated 5.5-liter multi-point injection V8 of the standard G500. In its place is a new twin-turbocharged four-valve-per-cylinder 4.0-liter V8 direct injection engine. This is the engine that is slated to replace as many as three existing Mercedes-Benz V8 engines later this year when it goes into full production. By positioning the turbochargers relatively high within the cylinder banks, this new engine boasts improved efficiency. Reports claim that it will deliver 416 hp at 5,350 rpm and 450 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,250 and 4,700 rpm. That means the G500 4×4 Squared will beat the standard G500 by 34 hp and 59 lb.-ft. of torque. Although the performance stats are not yet certified, Mercedes-Benz engineers claim that the G500 4×4 Squared will launch from 0 to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of more than 137 mph.

The Impressive Stance and Performance of the G500 4×4 Squared

A reworked version of Mercedes-Benz’s seven-speed 7G-tronic automatic gearbox holds the responsibility of delivering power to all four wheels. Tweaks include a separate transfer case and special gear ratios. The G500 4×4 Squared also features three mechanical differential locks that can be operated while the vehicle is in motion. The imposing stance of the G500 4×4 Squared benefits from the new dual-strut spring and damper units that can be adjusted to either comfort or sport mode. According to Mercedes-Benz, this new set-up offers considerable kingpin offset that allows for a large disparity in damping characteristics with switch times of a mere 15 milliseconds. What really makes the G500 4×4 Squared an off-road beast is the complex axle geometry. Taking notes from the G3 AMG® 6×6, the G500 4×4 Squared uses a set of specially engineered portal axles that have the transvers tube positioned above the wheel hub. This configuration delivers a staggering 17.72 inches of ground clearance. That doubles the ground clearance of the standard G500. Additionally, the approach angle has been increased from 36 to 52 degrees, and the departure angle has been increased from 27 degrees to 54 degrees. The breakover angle has also been improved, moving from 21 to 47 degrees, while the tipping angle increases from 28 to 30 degrees. Along with the new 22-inch rims, these adjustments work together to give the G500 4×4 Squared amazing stability and ground clearance while also increasing the wading depth from 23.62 inches to 39.37 inches. Curious about other recent Mercedes-Benz concept cars? Read our article on the 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC, a luxury compact SUV tubocharged to pack a lot of power in a little crossover.

Mercedes-Benz of Daytona Beach is your G500 4×4 Squared Headquarters

To learn more about this innovative brute, speak to a member of our knowledgeable sales team here at Mercedes-Benz of Daytona Beach by calling us at 855-627-5569. We’ll also keep you informed about the availability of the G500 4×4 Squared. Contact us online or visit us at our dealership in Daytona Beach, FL.
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