Remember when we were kids and we were spending hours in front of our Lego Technic box to build new models with movable parts capable of whatever our imagination spawned? One could easily consider the G-Klasse as a Lego-made vehicle, of course at a larger scale. Why? you may ask. Well, the shape is almost the same as it would have been if it was made of Lego while the technical specifications might remind us of the popular construction set.
Imagine that making the G-Klasse so powerful at almost every single chapter required greater attention but the fact that the car was developed as part of a partnership signed in 1972 is probably the main advantage. The vehicle was thus launched with many advanced parts which, over the years, received more enhancements, becoming one of the most technically advanced on the market. For example, the chassis is not sealed but bonded and riveted for increased strength, especially for off-roading where the car has to resist very powerful forces.
The car uses a 350 CDI V6 engine that develops 221 horsepower at 3800 rpm and 540 Nm of torque from as low as 1600 rpm to 2400 rpm. As we've told you before, the car uses front and rear rigid axles with longitudinal and transverse links, coil springs and gas-pressurized shock absorbers which, in collaboration with 4-wheel Electronic Traction System (4-ETS) provide the best control on slippery surfaces.
The system works like any other traction control system, so it monitors the rotation speed of each wheel to detect which one slips, thus taking action (braking or reducing engine power) to provide optimum traction.
The G 350 CDI uses three differentials - it's actually the only mass-produced off-roader in the world that comes standard with such equipment - (electromechanically locking center, front and rear, each activated by the driver) perfectly connected to the electronic systems installed on the car, including the Brake Assist (BAS) to reduce the overall braking distance. And speaking of braking, the car uses dual-circuit power-assisted 4-wheel disc brakes, 12.3-inch internally ventilated on front and 10.7-inch solid discs on rear.
As for steering, this is where we find out a little problem, but it was probably all a matter of time until we get used to the way it reacts. The steering is based on a recirculating ball with power assist and hydraulic damper which, in some tight corners, might oversteer, as the wheel doesn't make the "backwards" movement as the typical systems in today's cars.Continue reading
MERCEDES BENZ G-Klasse technical data summary
Engine: 2987 cm3 cc V6 Diesel
Dimensions: 183.5 inches (4661 mm) length / 69.3 inches (1760 mm) width / 76 inches (1930 mm) height
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