How the Mercedes-Benz G55 Became a Top Pick Among Celebrities

2013 Purple Mercedes Benz G55 front view

Introduced in the United States in 2002, the Mercedes-Benz The G-Class SUV has quickly become popular among wealthy businessmen and celebrities who use the luxury car as a status symbol.

The G-Class SUV, also known as the “G-Wagon”, was originally made as a military vehicle and was sold by Mercedes-Benz for over 35 years. All G-Wagon models come with four-wheel drive. Mercedes made sure the car was comfortable for both off-road conditions and highways.

The Mercedes G-class SUV is an icon in the world of 4×4 vehicles. With a design that hasn’t really changed much in over 30 years, the Gelandewagen, or G-Wagen as it’s more popularly known, is the SUV of choice for celebrities around the world.

One of the popular models is the G55. It is part of the first generation, which is known as W463. Production started in 1990 and ended in 2018. There are many reasons why celebrities love the G55. One is that the car is built almost entirely by hand. Another is that it has a shaggy and extremely masculine look. It’s considered one of the world’s best off-road vehicles, and there’s got to be a reason great actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Brad Pitt have it in their garage.

Let’s see why many celebrities have the G55 in their garage.

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Mercedes-Benz G55: Robust performance and excellent handling make it a top choice for celebrities

The G55 comes with a 5.5-liter V8 that produces 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. The car has a seven-speed automatic transmission that sends power to all four wheels. The 5,500-pound G55 accelerated from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 6.6 seconds. This performance stat shocked critics as why could something so massive move so fast.

The ride is very comfortable on the highway, and the only thing that can make it uncomfortable are pesky potholes. In terms of handling, it steers slowly, but the slow steering is an advantage in the dirt. You can take the G55 through just about anything nature has to offer, and the steering wheel rarely registers the shocks.

Mercedes included a limited slip rear differential and front, center and rear locking differentials for off-road use. The differentials allow the G55 to run its trail bashing with a more back-to-basics approach than what you get from a high-tech Land Rover.

Mercedes made sure that the interior of the G55 is suitable for high-net-worth individuals

The interior of the G-Class is characterized by a high degree of fit and finish. Wood, leather and metal trim dress up the angular basics well. Mercedes muffled some of the road noise, although some rumble from the AMG engine and some air flowing around the high A-pillars whistled into the interior.

Inside, the G-Class impresses with all the headroom you could wish for. However, due to the considerable height and width of the center console, the occupants of the front seats would notice the width the most.

The seats themselves are typically firm and electrically adjustable, with heating and ventilation. An electric telescopic and electric tilt steering wheel makes the driving position less bus-like than some other SUVs offer.

The second row sofa has a tilt built into the bottom cushion, softening the flatness of the seat, and it’s heated too. The backrests are divided into 60/40 and you can fold them forward to increase the load space. With the rear seats in their usual place, the cargo area measures just under 80 cubic feet.

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The G55 comes with advanced safety and infotainment features that make it easy to operate

Mercedes outfits the G55 with almost all the safety equipment it puts in other vehicles. These features include anti-lock brakes with brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and stability control. They also include curtain airbags and seat-mounted airbags.

When driving in challenging or off-road conditions, the vehicle’s stability control and all-wheel drive system provide more than an extra measure of safety. While towing, the stability system adjusts its programming and the three differential locks help more experienced drivers get out of difficult terrain.

Mercedes has included a rear view camera and parking sensors, which is quite handy as the G55 has limited rear view. The latest G-Class from Mercedes also has additional security technologies, such as the Tele Aid system, which provides emergency and theft detection services.

For infotainment, the G55 has a COMAND controller that controls a range of systems via a 7-inch high-resolution screen. It controls satellite and HD radio, iPods and MP3 players. Mobile phones via Bluetooth with some voice control for the phone and audio are standard in all models.

There is also a six-disc DVD changer with video playback capability and Harman Kardon surround sound. SiriusXM delivers real-time traffic, weather, news and restaurant information. Mercedes’ mobile connectivity suite, mbrace2, is also equipped, meaning in-car versions of Yelp and Facebook can be accessed through COMAND.