Words & photos - Daniel Bevis
Sometimes, cars spiral into absurdity. This quite big thing here is a case in point - the venerable Mercedes G-Wagen has been consistently popular since 1979, with no significant updates to the design because, well, it is what it is: a vaguely militaristic, hardy, all-terrain Merc that'll bounce over sand dunes, ford rivers, withstand gunfire and never break down.
In recent times, though, it's all got a little silly. Mercedes-Benz decided to put a 5.0-litre V8 in it in 1993, and then a 5.5 in 2005, before waving the AMG wand over the G-Wagen to furnish it with a supercharged 5.4-litre, allowing it to accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.5s. In something with the aerodynamics of a housebrick. And it didn't end there - Brabus, Lorinser and Carlsson all had a go at tweaking it, then AMG had another go themselves in 2006, boosting it to almost 500bhp, which swelled to over 600bhp by 2012... and then they thought 'OK, sod it, let's build a six-wheeled version'. That received an AMG V8, natch, and then we arrive at this, the very zenith of the whole silliness, the Brabus Super G 700 6x6. As the name suggests, it's got 700bhp-odd, six wheels, and not a lot in the way of subtlety. It's supremely expensive, guzzles fuel like a supertanker, and is pretty much impossible to park - so, as you might imagine, the West End of London is currently full of 'em...
Spotted at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed - click here for more photos.