• Watch An RC Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4² Resist Severe Off-Road Bashing

The toy version of the G550 4x42 is built just as tough as the real deal

Do you know what beats a proper video game? Playing outdoors. Sure, video games are the thing right now, and you’ll have an army of geeks protesting that it’s either too warm or too cold outside for their immune systems to handle, but seriously, we have the perfect video to prove there’s nothing like taking your RC car out in the wild especially when the said car is a replica of the mighty Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4².

The Traxxas RC Mercedes-Benz G500 is packed with cool features

Now, you’re probably familiar with Traxxas’ RC vehicle lineup. We mean, we’ve only recently shown you what the RC Chevrolet Blazer can do on rough terrain. Today’s video keeps the off-road theme alive but adds a more extreme dimension. How extreme? Well, if we didn’t know better, we’d say that the one controlling the Traxxas TRX-4 Mercedes-Benz G500 in the video you’re about to watch is Ken Block himself, during one of his Gymkhana sprees. But that’s not the case here.


In fact, a lot of the car’s verve nicely caught on camera is due to its underpinnings. Besides the Titan 550 electric motor, it has five drive profiles (Sport, Race, Training, Trail, and Crawl), a 5-mm thick steel frame, bumpers front and rear, portal axles with steel gears, four-wheel-drive (full time, shaft-driven), remote-locking differentials, and a steel Hi/Lo transfer case.

We’re not done yet. Serving its off-road appetite and claims alike is a set of 2.6-inch five-spoke wheels wrapped in Canyon Trail tires with foam inserts mean to dig deep into dirt for every drop of traction. They also come in handy when they’re needed to cushion a massive jump or simply go down some stairs. That’s right; this hellish toy can do all sorts of off-road acrobatics we never thought were possible in the first place. We also don’t want to upset any G550 4x42 owners out there, but we think the RC version is a more spectacular sight in rough terrain.

Speaking of the real-life version of the Mercedes-Benz G550 4x42, you should know it entered the US market in 2016 as the G500 4x42 but the 2017 model year saw its nameplate changed to G550. Nothing short of our expectations, its specs were absolutely insane: a ground clearance of over 17 inches, portal axles, four diffs, and a 4-liter bi-turbo V8 engine churning out 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. And if you thought the regular G-Class G550 was a badass, then think again. Here’s how it fares against the G550 4x42 when it comes to off-road prowess.

Mercedes-Benz G550 vs Mercedes-Benz G550 4x42

Coming back to the RC G500 4x42, Traxxas says it is not available on its website at the time of writing, but asks potential customers to check their local hobby stores. We couldn’t find the product on Amazon, so you’ll need a bit of luck to get your hands on a new one.

Traxxas TRX-4 Mercedes-Benz G500 4x42 specs

Traxxas TRX-4 Mercedes-Benz G500 4x42 specs
Length 20.08 inches (510 mm)
Ground clearance 3.14 inches (80 mm)
Weight 6.85 pounds (3 kilos)
Height 10.27 inches (261 mm)
Wheelbase 12.28 inches (312 mm)
Approach angle 60 degrees
Departure angle 55 degrees
Breakover angle 59 degrees

Further reading

2016 Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4² High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4².

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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