Most people want a sports car that looks cool. Purchasing that cool red car that you always dreamed of could make many people point out that you are going through a midlife crisis. Many people as a result just purchase a really cool everyday car and forget the sports part – after all, they are not likely to be racing anytime soon. Yet even these cool cars have become a little mundane. If you want to purchase a vehicle that really stands out, that really sets you apart from the crowd then we recommend the Mercedes Benz G-class.
The Benz G-class also often referred to as the G-wagon (or G-Wagen) is an incredible piece of machinery. The G in G-class stands for Geländewagen which means terrain vehicle. This beast can tackle any terrain with unbridled success. At the time of its introduction to the market, there was no better off road vehicle and many argue there is still no better today.
The G-Wagen has seen many makeovers since its introduction in 1979. Recently a 2019 version was released with a price tag of $125,500. In all versions, the car maintains its boxy demeanor. If you don’t want to pay $125,000 for a new one there may still be some older models available to purchase.
We recently found the most impressive G-Wagen of them all listed on a German auction site called Lorinser Classic. They have a G-Wagen ambulance available for $90,000. The SUV was actually used as an ambulance in the Swiss Alps and due to its off-road ability, it was able to reach isolated locations that many other forms of transport could not. The ambulance was incredibly well kitted out with space for two stretchers in the back and air conditioning in both compartments.
Today these G-Wagens are favored by rap artists, actors, and any other celebrity that wants to stand out. However, if you really want to set yourself apart there is surely nothing better than the ambulance version. If you have a spare $100,000 for your next car you are likely wondering if it is worth buying the old G-Wagen because it looks cool or spending that extra bit to get the new 2019 G-Wagen model.
While the SUV may look similar there are actually many changes that have taken place. The new 2019 G550 can go from 0 to 60 in 5.5 seconds meaning that is no slouch. It still retains all of its all-terrain qualities though and has a new ‘G-mode’ that engages when any of the differential locks are engaged. There is a second version of the G-Wagen being released, the G63 that can actually go from 0 to 60 in 4.6 seconds. The G-63 is a little more expensive at $148,495
The G-Wagen has been popular for many years because it marries comfort and functionality. Off-road there is no car that comes close to the G-Wagen. It can handle the steepest sections and bounds over uneven surfaces. The comfort you feel while in this machine inspires untold confidence to cross any terrain.
While the modern G-Wagen may lack the history of an authentic ambulance version that made it across the Swiss alps it does have many improvements that make it fit for modern-day comfort requirements and speed expectations. The Mercedes Benz G Wagen remains an incredible ATV and with the latest edition from 2019, it now remains top of the performers. If you do have a spare $125,000 we highly recommend choosing this powerful car. It was the model that was once used for the popemobile. If it is good enough for the pope, it is good enough for us.