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Mercedes-Benz G 550 4×4 Named Best Dream Machine

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Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4
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Mercedes-Benz drivers already know driving a Mercedes is akin to living the dream, and the staff at MotorWeek completely agree because they just deemed the Mercedes-Benz G 550 4×42 the “Best Dream Machine” in their annual Drivers’ Choice Awards.

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Announced at the Chicago Auto Show, the Drivers’ Choice Awards reflect an intense evaluation of approximately 150 trucks, cars, and sports utility vehicles and how they stack up according to practicality, fuel efficiency, driving performance, value, and technology.

“What makes the Mercedes-Benz G 550 4×4² a MotorWeek Best Dream Machine is that it is not only outrageous to see, but far more importantly it’s a way for Mercedes-Benz engineers to showcase what the brand is truly capable of. Driving it, owners can enjoy their labor of love, on or off road, in one of the most amazing vehicles we’ve ever driven,” says MotorWeek creator and host, John Davis.

The Mercedes-Benz G550 is well-equipped with a powerful 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine, which is mated to a seven-speed automatic, creating a powertrain that delivers 416 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. The award-winning dream machine is engineered with a ground clearance of more than 17 inches, three locking differentials, and state-of-the-art portal axles.

“Unlike a conventional axle, the portal axles found on the 4×4 allow for axle input and the wheel center to be two drastically different heights. By utilizing a series of gears similar to those found in a transmission, power is transferred from the G-Class’ rigid axles downward to the wheel hub. These portal axles have afforded the 4×4 the ability to off-road where even heavily-modified off-road vehicles wouldn’t dare thanks to massive ground clearance, fording depth, approach, departure and breakover angles,” according to Mercedes-Benz.

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The 2018 Mercedes Benz G-Class is available in three trims: G 550, AMG G 63, and AMG G 65.