Sanity has gone down the drain with this insane desert race, set up to crown the motorized Prince of the Desert! The Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4², the Toyota Land Cruiser and the Nissan Patrol go head to head on sand in the United Arab Emirates.
If you think you have seen it all, here is something that will change your mind. In the land of the outrageously rich, The United Arab Emirates, where the policeman drive Lamborghini Aventador-s and Bentley Continental-s, everything is possible. Even an uphill drag race on sand dunes. When it comes to measuring forces on sand, the desert legends, the Japanese Toyota Land Cruiser and the Nissan Patrol, together with the German intruder, the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4², are the benchmarks here.
So the three forces of nature were aligned on sand. All powered by V8 engines and all holding a power enough to uproot a whole tropical forest. It may seem slightly unfair, but the Land Cruiser and the Patrol were the ones that challenged the vehicle that is the next best thing to the Mercedes-AMG G 63 6×6. They never saw this coming.
At 2,996 kilograms, 45 centimeters from the ground and standing at 2.25 meters tall, the Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4² towers a whole 45-centimeter above the Patrol and the Land Cruiser. It also boasts a fabulous power of 420 HP and a staggering torque of 610 Nm.
Which one of the contenders would pass the imaginary finish line of the Arab desert? Here is a clue: the Mercedes is a genuine machine gun! The force and the speed it goes uphill with, makes the man behind the wheel smile his way to the top of the sand dune.
The Benz enthusiasts would dare to suggest a race along the Formula 1 Yas Marina circuit. Who would you bet on then?