Mercedes-Benz G 500 Cabriolet Tested by autoevolution

With a civilian version history dating from 1979 until 2013, the G-Class Cabriolet is among the convertibles with the longest continuous production in history, if not the longest. Just yesterday we told you about the Final Edition 200 production being completely allocated, putting an end to a 34 years era.
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Just before its end we wanted to finally have a go in the iconic model, which in recent years has been one of the rarest three-pointed star models built in Graz, Austria.

We only managed to get a G 500 Cabrio with a few exterior and interior Mansory design bits, which in some areas made it look like it's been touched with the ugly stick, but the overall vault-on-wheels look of the car had been left untouched.

Like any other car, the Mercedes-Benz G 500 Cabrio has its ups and downs, but... only if you look at it like at any other car. If you take it for what it is/was, the entire package is more than the sum of its parts.

The model's character is the first and probably most important after-drive thought, something that's left with you long after the motorized safe's doors have been locked behind you. Sure, its semi-automated soft top is its coolest feature, but it is also the one which gives you the most head aches, especially when it's up and you're driving at highway speeds.

The rigid front and rear suspension and heavyweight mass might also make you think twice about making that 5.5-liter normally aspirated V8 under the hood unleash its throated roar on the twisties, but its linear power delivery and flat torque curve will give you ounces of pleasure somewhere off the road and at lower speeds.

All these downsides completely disappear from your mind after putting the special model on its proper pedestal, something that the Y-Generation might inclined to overlook when looking at it just like at a “box on wheels that was designed by a Minecraft game developer.” As we said, the G-Class Cabrio is more than that, but the future generations we'll sadly not experience it anymore. Check out our full review of the car for a more detailed opinion about this legendary vehicle.
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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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