the G500 4×4² overview. It’s when the 4×4² and a conventional G-Wagen are side by side that the differences are blatant. The portal axles keep the suspension lift to a minimum while pushing the tires further towards the ground. This gives the 4×4² an insanely tall stance without making it unstable.
Most of the body remains the same as a conventional G-Wagen, save for the larger fender fares and the light bar across the top of the windshield. Those two pieces are crafted from carbon fiber – you know, to save weight.
As you can see by the difference in exterior dimensions below, the G500 4×4² is much taller and capable off road. Its ground clearance grows from 8.26 inches to a whopping 17.71 inches while its approach and departure angles increase from 36 and 27 degrees respectively to a trail-busting 52 and 54 degrees. Amazingly, the G500 4×4²’s tipping angle only increases by two degrees over the long-wheelbase G500 thanks to its portal axles and wider stance.
Mercedes will offer two wheel and tire packages with the G500 4×4². The more street-ready pair includes a 22-inch wheel with more all-terrain based tires sized at 325/55, while the more capable off-road set comes with 18-inch beadlock wheels wrapped in 37 x 12.5 mud terrain tires.
Beadlocks are certainly the preferred wheel for serious terrain thanks to the outer ring that clamps the tire bead onto the inner portion of the wheel. When bolted down, the wheel literally grabs the tire, keeping it from slipping or becoming unseated. This allows the G500 4×4² to run incredibly low tire pressures for added off-road traction.