• The 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² currently up for auction on Bring a Trailer is a surefire way to get everyone’s attention.
• Compared to the regular G550, the 4×4² is nearly a foot taller, more than nine inches wider, and equipped with 36.1-inch tall off-road tires.
• We previously tested a 2017 G550 4×4² and marveled at its 6.1-second 60 mph time as well as its obvious awesomeness.
There are many ways to attract attention. Attending a wedding dressed in a Smurf costume or singing Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” loudly in a Waffle House should do the trick. But maybe you want the well kind of attention. For exhibitionists with deep pockets, there is another, more expensive way to ensure that all eyes are on you. This is the brightly colored 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² currently listed on the Bring a Trailer auction site, which—as Car and Driver—is part of Hearst Autos.
AG who screams, “Look at me!”
It’s not just the eye-catching Electric Beam paint that makes this G550 4×4² stand out, although the highlighter-like shade certainly plays a part. No, to be clear, the gigantic G-wagon can be grey-brown and still make passers-by take notice. That’s because it not only has the bodywork of Mercedes’ iconic G-Class, but also because it stands almost a foot taller than the regular G550 and measures more than nine inches wider. The 4×4² also rolls on Pirelli Scorpion ATR off-road tires measuring 36.1 inches high. Less obvious, though no less important, are its portal axles that contribute to the lifted G’s towering 17.9 inches of ground clearance.
That’s right, we tested one
When it was first released, we tested a 2017 G550 4×4². It hit 60 mph in an impressive 6.1 seconds—impressive because it was just four-tenths behind the regular G550, which shares the same 416-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8. Of course, the pumped-up version’s side-exit exhaust added extra theater. The one listed on BaT has an aftermarket Brabus exhaust system that spills out from under the truck.
Our drive down memory lane reminded us that the G550 4×4² is a bit of a handful to drive, which is to be expected from a three-plus-ton machine that stands seven feet, four inches tall. Its steering is sloppy, its body control is limp, and when we stepped on the brake pedal at 70 mph it took 196 feet to come to a stop. Meanwhile, daily tasks such as navigating fast food drive-throughs and interacting with ATMs require careful planning. Getting in and out of the skyscraper-like SUV is also a production. Still, it’s all worth it, because there really isn’t anything else like the 4×4² on the road—or off it, for that matter.
Peek into the Beast
Perhaps our least favorite part of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² is that it’s the old generation. This means it lacks all the updated technology and features found in 2019 and newer models. This one up for auction has the outdated infotainment system, the ugly center stack with more buttons than a QWERTY keyboard, and the lack of some niceties that make the current G-Class more livable. At least the materials remain top-notch, with leather covering numerous surfaces and the seats all having quilted microsuede sections that carry over to the door panels.
The G550 4×4² on the BaT website currently has a bid of $150,000. That’s about $75,000 less than the 2017 model’s base price of $225,995, but we’ll have to see how much higher the bids climb by the time the auction rolls around. ends on Thursday 10 November.
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