2011 Mercedes Benz G55 AMG
My new daily driven workhorse, and off-road machine. There is just something charming about dual solid axle frame trucks, and it would seem Mercedes agrees, keeping the G-Wagon as its longest running production of a chassis. Despite the modern motor and leather interior, they are still Military Trucks at heart, with a nearly identical chassis and body to the original design released all the way back in 1979, when it was first offered for sale as a road going truck to civilians. Still offered only as a triple differential locked truck, they are incredibly capable off road, although rarely used as such. In this specification it is equipped with a 5.4L Kompressed V8, making 500HP and 516ftlbs or torque. While that was perhaps an overreaction to my frustrations with my prior 1988 Landcruiser struggling on the freeway up hills, the power is a more than welcome addition, as well as the additional luxury for daily use.
I intend to fully use the off-road capability, and will be proceeding with a lift, as well as smaller wheels with much larger tires, more suited for the wilderness than a trip to rodeo drive. A slew of visual changes are lined up as well, to get back to the trucks more utilitarian roots, and add more functionality in the process.