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Mercedes G-Wagen Tackles Scary, Metal Hill (Video)

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On: Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 2:15PM | By: Chris Weiss

Mercedes G-Wagen Tackles Scary, Metal Hill (Video)

If you had to pick a vehicle for climbing boulders, speeding through mud and careening down narrow rock fins, it probably wouldn't cost $100K stock - kind of a crazy amount of money to spend on a car that you're going to abuse the hell out of. And yet, the $107,000 Mercedes-Benz G-Class is one of the toughest-looking hardcore off-roaders on the market today.

To prove that the G-Class is much more than a luxury car in a boxy body, Mercedes recently introduced what it calls the IRON-Schöckl, a sort of terrifying cross between a metal ramp, a roller coaster, a draw bridge and a steep, narrow ridgeline.

As you'll see in the video below, the Iron Schoeckle starts things off with a tight climb of varying grades. When you get to the top, you're met with an apex that should make your stomach drop like a roller coaster. What starts out as a steeply inclined piece of metal, rotates until you're facing a steep, gnarly descent. Then, in a sort of artificial recreation of something like the Lion's Back in Moab, you carefully roll down the narrow hill.

According to the YouTube description attached to the stomach-dropping video (not to mention common sense), Mercedes designed the big piece of hardware to demonstrate the capabilities of the G-Class. It tackled the obstacle with a number of different G-Class vehicles in a recent event in Sindelfingen.

In April, Mercedes introduced the updated 2013 G-Class, which combines classic styling with a few updates like expanded infotainment features, LED daytime running lamps and redesigned instrument cluster. The 2013 model will hit the market in August and will likely get even more expensive.

If you're still not sold on the idea of a $100,000 off-roader (or even if you are), watch the G-Class do its thing on the unique Iron Schoeckle.



AutoHistory | 9:41AM (Thu, Jun 7, 2012)

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