Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Bert1568, Jul 18, 2006.
lol. Driving like a douche.
And true to form, he even made a tribute video to his crash afterwards:
No kidding. It is absurd because it is designed as a military vehicle.
wait, a BMW driver acting like a douchebag? that's strange - I've never ever seen that happen!
Cross-post from the photo thread. Driving back on beautiful CA-33 after a track day at Buttonwillow:
Congrats Hampton on your new car. You'll love it once the dealership sorts it out.
There's nothing absurd about it, it's simply one of the last cars from old world still being made, with minimal evolutions (the other car being the Morgan, which isn't available in the US as new) - though the pace of updates to the G class has quickened over the years to add superfluous trendy things like LED strips and blinker mirrors. The best iteration of the G class is probably the G55 from 07-12. There are few cars that are insta-classics that you can go out and buy new, but the G-class is one of them.
i think i get why it's absurd - it was purpose built and evolved over multiple decades to be a badass offroader and do-everything military vehicle. and then Mercedes decided they would stuff the craziest performance engine into it and call it a luxury sports SUV. there's a G65 on offer with a twin turbo V12 FFS.
although it's never hits the mark on true performance and/or luxury no matter what kind of retrofits are done to it, much like the Hummer H1. it's too spartan and militaristic at its core to really overcome its basic onroad deficiencies and no-bullshit interior design
You are totally misreading me.
I am not insulting the G-class. It is absurd in that it is uncompromising to broad consumer tastes. I have said many times in the past it is one of my favorite cars in the world.
Well, it's absurd in the sense of the AMG models - but I think that it's actually quite appealing to many, I have only ever heard people say that they desire one. The only hurdle is the price, really.
Most of the people who buy the G-class do not use its special capabilities. They buy it for its looks and prestige. Yet, there are huge practical compromises in order to achieve that unused ability. It was designed to be a military vehicle--as such, it is packaged like one and handles like one.
they also typically own a Russian passport
I've always liked the g class but having the aerodynamics of a box and the mileage of an aventador make it rather impractical unless you're just a short drive down benedict canyon to cruise the sunset strip.
A stripped down version with an efficient engine would be very attractive.
But mostly. This.
"Back in 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine set out on what was meant to be an 18-month tour of Africa in their Mercedes Benz G Wagen. Now, with more than 800,000km (500,000 miles) on the clock, Gunther is still going.
The German former airline executive has travelled the equivalent of 20 times around the planet in the vehicle - which he calls Otto. He says he has never had a serious breakdown. Recently in Vietnam, Canadian-born photographer David Lemke joined Gunther on one section of his epic journey."
Could always import one. In Europe they sell the G350 diesel, which should get around 21 MPG mixed (1,12 L/km). You can live with that, especially since you're driving around in a 2,6 ton heavy car.
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