Yes, that $101,125 sticker price is a bit shocking, but unlike an AIG bailout, you can sense where every cent goes. There's not a single part on the G550 that manages to feel anything less than rock-solid. Close the doors--you'll be forgiven if you think you've just sealed an entrance to Fort Knox. Cycle the door locks, and it sounds as if a platoon from the Bundeswehr just loaded their Heckler & Koch firearms. This certainly feels solid enough to hold its own off-road.
I sadly didn't have a chance to engage any of the three--three!--differential locks on muddy terrain, but I was amazed at how well this beast drove on the city streets. Sure, you feel the high center of gravity shift while cornering, but it's amazing that something that looks, feels, and weighs like a bank vault can move like a muscle car. The 5.0-liter V-8 has more than enough oomph to lug around all 5500 pounds and emits such a delectable sound. I can't see a reason to shell out another $18,000 for the G55 AMG.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer