According to the official announcement, Mercedes-Benz will end production of its one-of-a-kind G500 4x4² off-road luxury beast. The orders will be accepted through the end of October. Prices for the high-riding luxury SUV start around $275,000, based on current exchange rates.
Developed for extreme off-road use and unveiled at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the G500 4x4² is basically a shorter, more practical version of the G63 AMG 6x6, with the third axle removed. It features portal axles that position the wheels lower on the axle heads due to the portal transmission, adding 7.9 inches of ground clearance for 17.2 inches total, with a fording depth of more than 3 feet.
The suspension increases the approach and departure angles from 30 degrees to 51.6 degrees and 43.8 degrees, respectively, with a breakover angle nearly doubled to 47.4 degrees. The vehicle is powered by a 4.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that kicks out 422 hp and 450 pound-feet of torque.