Video: Here Is Why This Is HANDS DOWN the Best Mercedes G-Wagen Of All Time!

CTIS and Portal Axles are king!

Image: TFLoffroad

Not all Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen off-road SUVs are built the same, some are exceptions in the environment they truly belong in.

The history of the G-Wagen goes back to the early 1970s with a cooperative agreement between Daimler-Benz and Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Graz, Austria. It was suggested by one of the largest shareholders of Mercedes-Benz (at the time) the Shah of Iran. The Geländewagen (hence “G” Wagen) was meant to be a military, somewhat commercial vehicle – before becoming a luxury statement.

From day one, smaller-displacement powertrains were the way to go. That was before western demand aimed for beefy V8s.

I was lucky enough to drive this vehicle over a few off-road obstacles that Jay Couch had built. Honestly, with the gearing, torque suspension setup, tires, and those portal axles – very few obstacles would pose a problem. Very few.

The best part is that, despite its off-road prowess, it has a creamy smooth ride and great acceleration.

For all of those fakes who drive newer G-Class/G-Wagen Mercedes-Benz SUVs in Florida and California – one about 5% would ever consider off-roading. Seeing G-Wagens treated like a common runabout is embarrassing. Rather than the dirt of the Sahara, the red mud of Moab, and the boulders of the Rubicon – they meander on the streets of Beverly Hills.

That’s no exaggeration, I’ve seen more G-Wagens in Southern California than anywhere else in the United States. I find that kind of pathetic. Jay has more knowledge of G-Wagens than just about anyone I have met stateside. He goes into history and talks about what makes his rig unique. He used a lot of knowledge gained from building up Unimogs to build this vehicle. There are quite a few interesting changes he made to build an outstanding rig.

Anyway check out this video and see what a real, unique G-Wagen can do!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.