Starting from where the utterly insane Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 took off, the G500 4×4² brings all the off-road prowess of the 6×6 into a significantly smaller package. Having had the opportunity to drive the G500 4×4², we know firsthand just how good it is. How does it perform when the going gets tough against another well-respected off-roader in the form of the Ford F-150 Raptor?

The two were recently gathered together and hit some exceptional treacherous terrain pushing both vehicles to their respective limits. Of course, the Ford Raptor is significantly cheaper than the G500 4×4² yet isn’t quite as technologically advanced. Consequently, the two aren’t necessarily the perfect rivals but they’re certainly amongst the most capable 4x4s on the market.

The most significant feature on the new Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4² are its portal axles. In setup, they are quite similar to the G63 6×6 but shortened by one axle. The portal axles give the 4×4² a ground clearance of 45 cm – 24 cm more than a regular G500. It is more than enough to drive over extremely rocky terrain and wade through up to 1 metre of water.

On a power front, the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4² comes with a brand new V8 which is related to the new AMG V8 found in the new AMG GT and C63 AMG. The 4.0 V8 features a hot inside-v where two turbochargers are mounted inside the V8. This makes the engine considerably smaller and more efficient. It produces 422 hp and 610 Nm of torque, enough for a 210 km/h top speed.

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