Automobile Magazine http://www.automobilemag.com No Boring Cars! | Reviews, Auto Shows, Lifestyle Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:33:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 The FJ Company Sport Offers Classic Toyota Land Cruisers for Diehards http://www.automobilemag.com/news/the-fj-company-sport-offers-classic-toyota-land-cruisers-for-diehards/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/the-fj-company-sport-offers-classic-toyota-land-cruisers-for-diehards/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:01:36 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1178805 Looking for an old Toyota Land Cruisers but also want a little more horsepower and a few modern upgrades? The FJ Company of Miami, Florida has what you need. Striking a fine balance between classic and modern, look no further than its latest offering, the FJ Company Sport — a complete rebuild of classic 1976...

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Looking for an old Toyota Land Cruisers but also want a little more horsepower and a few modern upgrades? The FJ Company of Miami, Florida has what you need.

Striking a fine balance between classic and modern, look no further than its latest offering, the FJ Company Sport — a complete rebuild of classic 1976 to 1983 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruisers.

For starters, the FJ Sport offers a newer Toyota 1FZ engine with 210 horsepower, electronic fuel injection, and a 5-speed manual transmission.

It also features upgraded front disc brakes, Old Man Emu suspension, and vintage A/C and heater systems.

Exterior is totally ‘80s and includes a period correct front grille, turning signals, bumper, mirrors, and badges.

Inside the refurbished classic ride features sport seats by Corbeau, rear jump seats, digital radio and cluster, and a standard steering wheel.

Options include rear back-up cameras, heated seats, LED lighting, and a premium sound system.

Choose between a traditional FJ40 or an FJ43 with a longer wheelbase to start and then you can add or customize until you are happy with your dream ride.

The FJ Sports are available in 18 factory colors from Matte White to Venetian Blue. A sample of recent builds including 1973, 1982, and 1984 FJ43 Sports can be seen in the gallery below.

Prices start at $90,000 for fully restored FJs and goes up — way up for more customized designs. Check out the company’s online configurator to build your fantasy FJ.

Photos courtesy of The FJ Company.

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2018 Ford Mustang Starts at $26,485 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-ford-mustang-starts-26485/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/2018-ford-mustang-starts-26485/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:01:11 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1178663 Pricing for the 2018 Ford Mustang has been released, revealing a starting price of $26,485 with destination for the EcoBoost fastback coupe with a six-speed manual transmission, which replaces the V-6 as the base model. That represents an increase of $400 over the previous V-6, though it’s $610 less than the 2017 EcoBoost. Pricing for...

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Pricing for the 2018 Ford Mustang has been released, revealing a starting price of $26,485 with destination for the EcoBoost fastback coupe with a six-speed manual transmission, which replaces the V-6 as the base model. That represents an increase of $400 over the previous V-6, though it’s $610 less than the 2017 EcoBoost. Pricing for the Mustang GT fastback coupe, on the other hand, jumps $1,900 to $35,995.

The 2018 Mustang EcoBoost convertible start at $31,985, which is $5,500 more than the fastback coupe. Standard equipment includes two USB ports, keyless entry/start, a 4.2-inch screen in the center stack, Ford’s Sync multimedia system, a rearview camera, and 17-inch alloy wheels. All 2018 Mustangs will also get a line lock feature as standard so you can execute easy burnouts regardless of engine choice. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo-four received some minor updates that increase its torque to 350 lb-ft. Power, however, remains at 310 hp. Ford says the the refreshed Mustang EcoBoost will be able to hit 60 mph in under 5.0 seconds in Drag mode.

Step up to the Mustang GT and you’ll get an updated 5.0-liter V-8 now rated at 460 hp and 420 lb-ft, an increase of 25 hp and 20 lb-ft, respectively. The increase also helps the Mustang GT do 0-60 mph in under 4.0 seconds with the optional 10-speed automatic and Drag mode engaged. The GT comes with the same standard features as the EcoBoost but adds LED fog lights, larger brake rotors, and quad exhaust tips. Should you want a GT convertible, you’ll have to pay $45,495, which is $9,995 extra over the GT fastback coupe. However, the Mustang GT convertible is only available in the Premium trim, which adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, a nine-speaker audio system, Ford’s Sync 3 multimedia interface, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, heated and cooled front seats, and illuminated door sills.

Available go-fast options include a new 10-speed automatic that was co-developed with GM, and Magnetorheological shocks. Navigation, a Shaker premium audio system, Recaro seats, racing stripes, alloy wheels ranging from 18 to 20 inches in diameter, a heated steering wheel, two-tone leather upholstery, and a reconfigurable 12-inch LCD cluster are also available. Ford also makes a full suite of active safety features available on the 2018 Mustang regardless of transmission choice and it includes adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams.

Like its predecessor, the 2018 Mustang can be had with a Performance package in both EcoBoost and GT models. The EcoBoost Performance package adds 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in summer performance tires, a Torsen limited-slip differential with a 3.55 axle ratio, larger brake rotors, a rear wing on fastback coupes, heavy-duty front springs, a unique chassis calibration, large rear anti-roll bar, and a specially tuned stability control, electric power steering system, and anti-lock brakes. The more powerful Mustang GT’s Performance package builds on the EcoBoost Performance package with six-piston Brembo front brakes, a larger radiator, a K-brace, a strut-tower brace, and a 3.73 axle ratio for the limited-slip differential when equipped with the standard six-speed manual. Mustang GTs with the Performance package feature a 3.55 axle ratio with the optional 10-speed automatic.

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Just Listed: 400-Horsepower 1989 Volvo 240 Battlewagon http://www.automobilemag.com/news/just-listed-400-hp-1989-volvo-240-battlewagon/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/just-listed-400-hp-1989-volvo-240-battlewagon/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:23:07 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1178809 Once known for its robust drivetrain and role as the ultimate suburban kid-mobile, the Volvo 240 has come a long way in the enthusiast community. Thanks to the plug-and-play nature of the 240’s cavernous engine bay has led to some seriously fast “Bricks.” Bring a Trailer’s got a perfect example of the Turbo-brick breed in...

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Once known for its robust drivetrain and role as the ultimate suburban kid-mobile, the Volvo 240 has come a long way in the enthusiast community. Thanks to the plug-and-play nature of the 240’s cavernous engine bay has led to some seriously fast “Bricks.” Bring a Trailer’s got a perfect example of the Turbo-brick breed in the form of a boosted 1989 Volvo 240 wagon.

According to the seller, this five-door was modified by a Volvo-centric shop in Portland. Upgrades to the stroked 2.5-liter B230F four-cylinder include a billet crank, H-beam rods, beefier pistons, 8V cylinder head, aggressive camshaft, bigger turbocharger, reworked intake manifold, and uprated fuel pump/injectors.

These modifications reportedly push power output up to a heady 325 hp to 427 hp, depending on tune. Grunt is managed by a five-speed Getrag 265 manual transmission, sending power to the rear wheels.

To help this sled handle the extra speed, the Brick is fitted with RSI coilovers, adjustable rear spring perch kit, poly bushings, and thicker IPD front sway bars. Inside, sweet Sparco race seats in the front keep occupants snug.

Head over to Bring a Trailer to bid on this incredibly cool 1989 Volvo 240 battlewagon before it’s snapped up.

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Tesla Model S 75 RWD Gets Unplugged http://www.automobilemag.com/news/report-tesla-model-s-75-rwd-discontinued/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/report-tesla-model-s-75-rwd-discontinued/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:50:45 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1178529 Tesla is discontinuing the cheapest Model S, the 75 RWD, to further differentiate it from the upcoming Model 3. According to Electrek, the Model S 75D will be the new base model and will be priced from $74,500 including destination, $5,000 more than the 75 RWD. With the discontinuation of the Model S 75 RWD, all Model...

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Tesla is discontinuing the cheapest Model S, the 75 RWD, to further differentiate it from the upcoming Model 3. According to Electrekthe Model S 75D will be the new base model and will be priced from $74,500 including destination, $5,000 more than the 75 RWD. With the discontinuation of the Model S 75 RWD, all Model S sedans will come with a two-motor setup and put power down through all four wheels.

The move to discontinue the Model S 75 RWD was likely made to create some more room between the Model S and Model 3. Electrek also reports that in addition to the single-motor, rear-drive setup, the Model 3 will offer a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version. However, Tesla CEO Elon Musk told Electrek that the early production run will consist only of rear-drive, single-motor variants to streamline production. Earlier this year, Tesla dropped the Model S 75 RWD’s price by $7,500. Tesla confirmed the discontinuation of the Model S 75 in an email.

In addition to the discontinuation of the Model S 75 RWD, a report from Bloomberg states that customers who put down $1,000 deposits to reserve a Model 3 are getting impatient due to the long wait and lack of information from Tesla. The report continues by stating that some customers that did put down a deposit are considering canceling and looking into a Model S or Model X instead. Bloomberg notes that Tesla is expected to reveal more information about the Model 3 this Friday at an exclusive handover party.

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Wild 2006 Lamborghini Concept S Offered at RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale http://www.automobilemag.com/news/wild-2006-lamborghini-concept-s-offered-rm-sothebys-monterey-sale/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/wild-2006-lamborghini-concept-s-offered-rm-sothebys-monterey-sale/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:43:01 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1178527 It’s tough out there for a Lamborghini owner. Forty years ago when Lambo was still low-volume, it was easy to captivate passersby with your bright red Countach. Now, in major cities, it seems like there’s a bright green or orange Huracan parked at every corner. If you’re sick of blending in with your Aventador, make...

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It’s tough out there for a Lamborghini owner. Forty years ago when Lambo was still low-volume, it was easy to captivate passersby with your bright red Countach. Now, in major cities, it seems like there’s a bright green or orange Huracan parked at every corner. If you’re sick of blending in with your Aventador, make sure you mark your calendar for RM Sotheby’s upcoming Monterey sale, where it’s auctioning the only running Lamborghini Concept S in existence.

Initially designed by Luc Donckerwolke in 2005 as a non-running design study, the wild Concept S is likely the most extreme iteration of the Gallardo to ever exit Sant’Agata. The double-cockpit design hearkens back to the single-seat competition cars that ran in grand prix competitions, the Mille Miglia, and the Targa Florio.

The Concept S makes use of a unique split design, thanks to a fixed bodyline running in-between passenger and driver. Each occupant enjoys their own space, separate from each other.

Following the 2005 debut, rumors swirled about Lamborghini’s production intentions – the automaker built this running example as a tester for a limited 100 unit run. In the end, it’s believed it was too expensive to implement on a large scale, and this remains the only fully working and road-legal Concept S in existence.

Yes, road legal – underneath this biposto bodywork are the bones of a regular Gallardo. Power comes from a 5.0-liter V-10, sending 520 hp to all-four-wheels through a six-speed single-clutch automatic transmission.

Don’t think this will carry the same price tag as a third-hand Gallardo. This is the second time the Concept S has gone up for sale – in 2015, it was part of RM Sotheby’s Driven By Disruption auction, where it failed to sell with a high pre-sale estimate of $3 million.

The wild 2006 Lamborghini Concept S goes up for sale at RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale beginning on August 18.

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Mercedes-Benz Leaves DTM Series for Formula E http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mercedes-benz-leaves-dtm-series-formula-e/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mercedes-benz-leaves-dtm-series-formula-e/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:17:36 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1178520 After 30 years in DTM, Mercedes-Benz has decided to pull out of the German touring car series and devote those resources to its own team in the nascent Formula E series. The departure has left many stunned, but Mercedes-Benz says it’s confident in the decision. “Our years in the DTM will always be held high...

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After 30 years in DTM, Mercedes-Benz has decided to pull out of the German touring car series and devote those resources to its own team in the nascent Formula E series. The departure has left many stunned, but Mercedes-Benz says it’s confident in the decision.

“Our years in the DTM will always be held high as a major chapter in the motorsport history of Mercedes,” said Toto Wolff, executive director and head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.

“Although leaving is tough for all of us, we will be doing everything during this season and next to make sure we win as many DTM titles as possible before we go. We owe that to our fans and to ourselves.”

Since it joined DTM in 1988, Mercedes-Benz has won 10 driver’s championships, 13 team championships, and six manufacturer titles, as well as 183 race wins, 128 poles, and 540 podium finishes. Suffice it to say, Mercedes-Benz has been a dominant force within DTM. However, with external pressures focusing on green technology and ensuring that auto racing continues even after oil is no longer used, Mercedes-Benz will enter Formula E for the 2019 season.

While Formula E hasn’t been around for long, its inaugural season was in 2014, the amount of manufacturer involvement went from a trickle to an all-out flood in the last two years with Audi, Renault, Jaguar, BMW, and now Mercedes-Benz joining the paddock; as well as a few privateer teams such as Venturi, Andretti Autosport, and Mahindra.

Speaking about the switch, Wolff elaborated on Mercedes-Benz’s decision, saying, “In motorsport like in every other area, we want to be the benchmark in the premium segment and to explore innovative new projects. The combination of Formula 1 and Formula E delivers that. Formula E is like an exciting start-up venture: it offers a brand new format, combining racing with a strong event character, in order to promote current and future technologies.”

“Electrification is happening in the road car world and Formula E offers manufacturers an interesting platform to bring this technology to a new audience – and to do so with a completely new kind of racing, different to any other series. I am pleased that we were able to extend our entry option for one year to the 2019/20 season. This gives us time to properly understand the series and to prepare for our entry in the right way,” furthered Wolff.

Unlike its Formula 1 team, the chassis and battery system will remain as spec components to keep costs down and encourage other teams and manufacturers to join the series. However, the new Mercedes-Benz team will be able to manufacturer its own powertrain, including the electric motor, inverter, gearbox, and cooling system.

Formula E’s current season began in Hong Kong late last year and will end later this month on the streets of Montreal, Canada. With so much being invested into the fledgling series, Formula E is looking to become a major contender in the world of auto racing.

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New IndyCar Finally Unveiled for 2018 http://www.automobilemag.com/news/indycar-debut-2018-aero-designs/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/indycar-debut-2018-aero-designs/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:21:49 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1178481 Since the introduction of aerodynamics, race cars have become quicker. However, while this level of aerodynamic downforce has improved speed, it’s made it harder for drivers to pass one another. This is down to the aerodynamic wash that these cars create cutting through the air. And while Formula 1 is still struggling to come to...

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Since the introduction of aerodynamics, race cars have become quicker. However, while this level of aerodynamic downforce has improved speed, it’s made it harder for drivers to pass one another. This is down to the aerodynamic wash that these cars create cutting through the air. And while Formula 1 is still struggling to come to a consensus in terms of aero rules, IndyCar has put itself at the forefront of making the sport more entertaining, with more passing ability, via a new aero package for the 2018 season.

The new aero package for both Honda and Chevrolet came about under the leadership of Jay Frye, IndyCar’s president of competition and operations, Bill Pappas, IndyCar’s VP of competition/race engineering, Tino Belli, IndyCar’s director of aerodynamics, and Dallara, the series’ chassis supplier to both Chevrolet and Honda. This effort was to save both engine manufacturers nearly $12 million on the development of their own respective aero kits and possibly entice other engine manufacturers to join IndyCar.

The Dallara-sourced DW-12 chassis remains largely untouched since its 2012 introduction. The chassis itself will go on until 2021 when Dallara introduces a brand new chassis the company is currently developing. However, there is some new elements, including a roll hoop that disappeared with the ChampCar series, the engine intake has been moved from atop the race car to on the car’s new sidepods, and there’s a host of new telematics that help spectators and race teams alike follow their favorite drivers. The biggest difference from last year, however, is the simpler aero.

Staying away from the Formula 1 formula, the new IndyCar aero kits have been highly revised and reduced to be simpler and produce less turbulence behind the cars. The front wing is smaller, as is the rear wing which sees a more drastic reduction in size and scope from the previous year. Additionally, the sidepods are larger. Downforce won’t be lost though, as the engineers switched the primary generation from wings, winglets, and dive planes, to ground effects and the IndyCar’s floor.

IndyCar’s engineers also state that the race car’s new aero kits will be safer than the previous seasons as there are fewer pieces to fly off and scatter when collisions and accidents occur. Furthermore, the new aero design allows for a windscreen to be added to the design if IndyCar, like Formula 1, decides to implement further cockpit safety technologies.

Both Chevrolet and Honda appear to be looking forward to the new aero designs. “Chevrolet’s IndyCar fans will continue to have a great deal to cheer about in 2018.

While we enjoyed tremendous success with the Chevrolet-specific aero kit, we are looking forward to the next chapter of competition as IndyCar introduces its universal aero kit,” said Mark Kent, director of Chevrolet motorsports competition.

“We’re excited to see the 2018 Indy car body kit on track. It looks great, with a return to a more traditional Indy car overall design, but with many forward-thinking elements and still incorporating the great advances in safety the series has made in recent years. It looks fast, as it should. We think the fans will love it, too,” furthered Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development.”

Testing these new aero kits begins this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for super speedway testing, and then heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for road course testing on August 1.

Photos courtesy of IndyCar.

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Mazda CX-8 is CX-9’s Smaller, Japan-Only Three-Row Sibling http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-cx-8-is-cx-9s-smaller-japan-only-three-row-sibling/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mazda-cx-8-is-cx-9s-smaller-japan-only-three-row-sibling/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:10:53 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1178363 The Mazda CX-8 has debuted ahead of its official on-sale date later this year, revealing a smaller three-row crossover specifically for the Japanese market. Although it has the same 115.3-inch wheelbase as the larger CX-9, the CX-8 will slot below it in size, measuring 193 inches long, 72.4 inches wide, and 68.1 inches tall. In...

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The Mazda CX-8 has debuted ahead of its official on-sale date later this year, revealing a smaller three-row crossover specifically for the Japanese market. Although it has the same 115.3-inch wheelbase as the larger CX-9, the CX-8 will slot below it in size, measuring 193 inches long, 72.4 inches wide, and 68.1 inches tall. In comparison, the CX-9 is 198 inches long, 77.5 inches wide, and 69 inches tall.

Like the CX-9, Mazda is aiming for a more premium look with the CX-8 to convey its status as the brand’s flagship in its home market. The latest iteration of Mazda’s Kodo “Soul of Motion” design language will give the car an upscale exterior.

Mazda’s 2.2-liter Skyactiv-D turbodiesel I-4 coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission will be the sole powertrain option for the CX-8, the same engine that will be available in the CX-5 later this year. Unlike the CX-9, which seats seven, the CX-8 will be available with a six- or seven-passenger configuration. In a previous teaser, the CX-8 with a six-seat configuration has second-row captain’s chairs and a center console with storage between them. Expect Mazda to officially reveal the rest of the details regarding the CX-8 at this year’s Tokyo auto show.

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Subaru Sets 6:57.5 Nurburgring Four-Door Lap Record http://www.automobilemag.com/news/subaru-sets-657-5-nurburgring-four-door-lap-record/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/subaru-sets-657-5-nurburgring-four-door-lap-record/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:45:18 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1178083 Every once in a while, a record comes along that colors us thoroughly impressed, and that’s exactly what Subaru has done with a record 6:57.5 lap in the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special. The WRX STI Type RA NBR Special isn’t a production car like most Nürburgring record holders; it’s more like a highly...

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Every once in a while, a record comes along that colors us thoroughly impressed, and that’s exactly what Subaru has done with a record 6:57.5 lap in the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special.

The WRX STI Type RA NBR Special isn’t a production car like most Nürburgring record holders; it’s more like a highly prepared Nürburgring attack dog. Built by Prodrive, a group of engineers with countless awards and trophies, the time-attack race car is equipped with a rally spec 2.0-liter Boxer engine that sends 600 horsepower to Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Yowza!

The STI’s motor was fortified and given a turbocharger that runs an insane 25 psi of boost and revs to 8,500 rpm. In addition to the fresh engine, Prodrive installed a full FIA roll cage, a World Rally Championship gearbox, 9-inch-wide Dunlop tires on Speed Line wheels, and an aero package that creates nearly 650 pounds of extra downforce at top speed, which has been upped to 179 mph. The rear wing additionally has a Formula 1-style Drag Reduction System that either stalls or drops the rear wing to create more downforce in the corners or less downforce on the straights for higher top speeds.

“We brought the WRX STI Type RA NBR Special here to set a record and call attention to the WRX STI Type RA that we will launch later this year,” said Dominic Infante, Subaru’s product communications manager. “The WRX STI Type RA promises a great deal, with improved performance and styling and even better handling dynamics than the current car.”

The record beats a host of production supercars including the Lamborghini Aventador SV, Mercedes-AMG GT R, a Dodge Viper ACR, the current generation 911 GT3, and ties the million-dollar Porsche 918 Spyder. And according to Infante, the only reason Subaru ceased its quest was because the team ran out of tires. “We had another second or so in there,” he said after the lap record fell.

Subaru says a video of the lap record will launch soon, and we can’t wait to see the in-car footage.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain 4×4² Concept is Ready to Rule http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mercedes-benz-e-class-all-terrain-4x4%c2%b2-concept-is-ready-to-rule/ http://www.automobilemag.com/news/mercedes-benz-e-class-all-terrain-4x4%c2%b2-concept-is-ready-to-rule/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:01:34 +0000 http://www.automobilemag.com/?p=1178242 Sometimes you just have to build it yourself. Jürgen Eberle, a design engineer at Mercedes-Benz and his team created a mean-looking rock crawler: the E-Class All-Terrain 4×4². Before you bust open your check, it’s only a one-shot and currently not for sale — yet. Eberle tells Autocar the extreme E-Class crawler was inspired by the...

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Sometimes you just have to build it yourself. Jürgen Eberle, a design engineer at Mercedes-Benz and his team created a mean-looking rock crawler: the E-Class All-Terrain 4×4².

Before you bust open your check, it’s only a one-shot and currently not for sale — yet. Eberle tells Autocar the extreme E-Class crawler was inspired by the G500 4×4². He says he wanted to see if a similar vehicle could be made using the G500’s portal axles grafted in place of the All-Terrain’s multi-link set-up.

It took several months to build the E-Class All-Terrain, which has more than double the ride height.

Fender flares are made of carbon fiber and ground clearance is now nearly 16-inches. It rolls on 20-inch, off-road-oriented wheels and the overall track is now 8-inches wider.

“The idea excited me right from the start and initial test drives of the All-Terrain 4×4² at the new testing and technology center in Immendingen are demonstrating promising off-road characteristics,” Michael Kelz, E-Class chief engineer, tells the publication.

“Thanks to the suspension lift with portal axles, the All-Terrain 4×4² is able to cope with even the nastiest rocky and stony runs – it’s a really skillful scrambler.”

It looks like the perfect weekend getaway vehicle too. Let’s hope Mercedes-Benz green lights a limited run for the faithful.

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