2016 Mercedes-Benz G500 Gets 4.0L Twin-Turbo V-8
Basic Engine Shared with GT Sports Car, C63 AMG
The march toward engine downsizing continues relentlessly, and no segment is immune—not even the rarefied world of six-figure luxury models. Although the old-timers may continue to grumble “there’s no replacement for displacement,” in reality, many of the newer engines are superior to their predecessors in almost every measurable category. The key enabling technology for this is the symbiotic combination of gasoline direct injection and turbocharging. That combo allows the new 4.0L twin-turbo V-8 that will be offered in the Mercedes-Benz G500 to produce 34 more horsepower and 59 more lb-ft of torque, as well as improved fuel economy, claims Mercedes.
The engine shares its basic specifications and “hot-V” inboard turbo configuration with the Mercedes-AMG GT sports car and C63 performance sedan, although in the G-Wagen, it has been tuned more for torque than for outright horsepower. As installed in the G-Wagen, the engine produces 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque.
The other essential components of the G-Wagen have been left largely untouched, including low-range four-wheel drive, three locking differentials, and solid front and rear axles. Although instantly recognizable as it always has been, the ’16 model gets body-colored fender flares, a redesigned instrument cluster, and new colors. A special “Edition 463” package will be offered on the Mercedes-AMG G63 and G65 models. The new G-Wagen will be available to order worldwide in mid-calendar 2015.