2019 G-Class driving across large rocks

Mercedes-Benz G 550 4×4 wins MotorWeek Drivers’ Choice Award

MotorWeek Best Dream Machine Award Mercedes-Benz G 550 4×42

The incredible Mercedes-Benz G 550 4×42 was recognized for its unparalleled off-road capabilities by MotorWeek’s 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards. MotorWeek, television’s longest-running and most-respected automotive series, awarded the G 550 4×42 the “Best Dream Machine” title. Continue reading to learn more about the MotorWeek Best Dream Machine Award and the Mercedes-Benz G 550 4×42.

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Best Dream Machine

Since its original debut in 1979, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has remained a legendary icon. First brought to the U.S. market in 2017, the G 550 4×42 offers extraordinary levels of off-road capability, even in comparison with the G 550, thanks to three locking differentials, innovative portal axles, and a ground clearance of more than 17”.

Unlike a conventional axle, the portal axles on the G 550 4×42 allow for the axle input and the wheel center to be two different heights, enabling the model to go where even heavily-modified off-road vehicles can’t. The G 550 4×4 is powered by a 4.0L V8 biturbo engine that delivers an incredible 416 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque.

“What makes the Mercedes-Benz G550 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.