• Dec 11, 2007
If a G-Class Mercedes stirs dispassionate responses, there may still be a Mercedes for you. While the Gelandewagen is no joke in its own right, Daimler's own ultimate terra bully would roll right over it. Unimogs have been around for about fifty years, and were originally designed as go-anywhere, do-anything work trucks. The U500 Black Edition Unimog is still akin to a vehicular Chuck Norris, but luxed-up to the point that you'd hate to mar the blingy pedals with muddy boots.

England's BigLorryBlog had a chance to bruise the earth with one of these, and found it an object of workmen's desire. The U500 they sampled was not outfitted with any hard labor devices, so the ride was a bit bouncy, but nobody was complaining from the leather clad driver's perch with its own suspension. At €250,000, it's not cheap, but the good stuff never is. Here's what you say when someone questions your buying decision: "Buy the best, cry once. Now get outta my way before I make your Paseo scrap."

Thanks for the tip, Dan!

[Source: BigLorryBlog]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks a lot like a bigger version of those 2-seater side-by-side ATVs; like the ones you find on farms and ranches.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They were originally intended for pulling tanks out of traps I believe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Take that, all you Hummerphiles!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can think of dumber things- not right this minute, but I'm sure I can.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This goes against everything the unimog is intended for..
      • 7 Years Ago
      "a vehicular Chuck Norris,"

      haha
      • 7 Years Ago
      If I cannot hose out the interior, it fails.
      • 7 Years Ago
      some dentist at burning man had one of these.

      it was really quite cool to see in person.

      he drove it all the way up from SLO, pulling a 5th travel trailer.

      forgot what he said the mpg was, but it wasn't good.

      The 404-style unimogs are super cool. There is an entire burning man camp devoted to them. They had like 5 or 6. Hard to find the diesel version in the us though.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I saw that late model Unimog at the 2005 Burning Man. I didn't know it belonged to a dentist. I took a photo of it parked next to a full size school bus. It was towering over the school bus. I believe Freightliner sells these in the US.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like this ginormous truck is the inspiration for the Suzuki X-Head!

      http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2007/11/07tokyo_xhead_4501.jpg
        • 7 Years Ago
        I just noticed now how the Suzuki X-Head concept truck looks like a Lego-ized version of a Unimog...

        No matter. Suzuki, build it!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bah, I could make one of those out of a Suzuki Samuri for a lot cheaper :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Take that Mr Environment !

      2mpg ftw !
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