• Jul 6, 2010
Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon LAPV 6.X Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Planning on invading something? Ze Germans have a bit of experience to impart, and it comes in its latest form as the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon LAPV 6.X Concept. Unveiled at the Eurosatory defense exposition in France – so named, in case you were wondering, for Camp Satory where the French defense ministry used to hold the event – the up-armored G-Class is like the existing LAPV 5.4, but more... well, capable.

The go-anywhere, conquer-anything truck can carry 2,866 pounds of cargo over just about any terrain you can throw at it, reinforced by armor plating – including underbody protection from land mines (or perhaps more poignantly, roadside IEDs). It's got an on-the-fly adjustable suspension with nearly 18 inches of ground clearance, full combat communications and jamming system, hydraulic ventilated disc brakes and an unspecified common-rail diesel engine. And best of all, it's got orange wheels, but we'd imagine those would be a delete option for more covert operations. Check it out in the gallery below and the press release after the jump.



[Source: Mercedes-Benz via World Car Fans]
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Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon LAPV 6.X Concept

Mercedes-Benz is setting the new standard in armoured patrol vehicles showing the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon Light Armoured Patrol Vehicle 6.X CONCEPT at the recent EUROSATORY 2010 event.

Improving on its cousin, the LAPV 5.4, the new Mercedes-Benz LAPV 6.X Concept now boasts greater agility, higher protection and a greater payload capacity. Weight has been minimised to increase agility while still not compromising on protection and payload capacity.

Running a high torque common rail diesel engine, the 6.X is capable of 150km/h speeds while being able to transport 1.3 tonnes of cargo with its impressive payload.

The monocoque full steel body provides ballistic protection and sits upon a compact 2850mm wheelbase. This gives an astounding angle of approach / departure of 50?/ 45? for increased mobility and off road performance.

The vehicle's modular armour plate system allows damaged plates to be removed quickly and be replaced with new or extra plates, and includes a mine deflector plate on the vehicles floor.

The variable lift front and rear coil-over air shock absorbers which are adjustable while driving, help lift the LAPV 6.X to an unprecedented 450mm of ground clearance. Coupled with the performance hydraulic braking system and four ventilated disc brakes no up or down hill slope will pose a problem.

Based on the G-Class's proven axles, the LAPV 6.X ensures thrilling off-road capabilities and low drive train wear. An individual tyre inflation system is also able to detect ground conditions and adjust accordingly for best traction.

Mercedes-Benz in collaboration with EADS, a leading supplier of military technology brings a host of innovative high performance systems to the LAPV 6.X.

This includes:
  • EADS vehicle data recorder system to automatically document vital mission data such as position, data link and vehicle usage status.
  • EADS integrated communication system for UHF or VHF bands including a mobile Tetrapol base station for radio coverage out of a range of other networks
  • EADS integrated mobile command, control and information system for seamless relay of commands through all levels.
  • EADS jamming system for greater security, flexibility and scalability.
With the LAPV 6.X Concept, Mercedes-Benz has created the ultimate "go anywhere" vehicle.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll take one if its bulletproof...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great. Just what drug cartels needed to get 2,866 pounds of drugs across the America - Mexico border.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To whom may I send my deposit?

      I WANT ONE!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Planning on invading something? Ze Germans have a bit of experience to impart..."

      Noah, were you snickering when you wrote that?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thank god they "invaded" Normandy France, Germany and Italy, Americans free us from a dirty dictatorship
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just to add, this list doesn't include the American "colonies" that "invited" the Americans in.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, he was because you Americans have a lot more experience invading countries than the Germans. Canada 1812 (we kicked your butt), Normandy France, Germany, Philippines, Grenada, Cuba, North Korea (didn't go well), Iraq, Kuwait, Nicaragua, Scilly, just to name the few I know. Of course all these incursions were in the name of "Liberation".
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love this thing, but those orange wheels make for easy RPG targets.
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol, so true - they may look cool at a press debut, but in the woods they just maaay stick out a bit!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Might be just the vehicle for Miami traffic!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hitler would have loved to have a fleet of these for his army.
      Lisa
      • 4 Years Ago
      Leave it to Mercedes....awesome!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      ..it's...it's beautiful
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...and it still has Mud terrain T/A's haha
      but regardless, this thing is awesome
        • 4 Years Ago
        Solid tires don't work well at speed. Those are split bead-lock wheels, like what the HMMWV or the Hutchinson wheel is. That type of wheel can be and is fitted with a run-flat rubber ring. Solid tires (the Deuce's I know of have air in their tires) don't work well at speed or where you need flotation or tread flex.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The BFG M/T KM2 is actually a very strong tire. Much more similar in design and construction to the BFG Krawler than the original M/T they have been making for the last 20+ years. It's a strong tire and has been proven in many areas of the country, especially in the rocks.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @AKboss

        Duce's don't have solid tires, the just ride like they do.

        Judging from the beadlock wheels on this truck, I would bet its got an interal metal runflat ring like the humvee.

        http://www.trailworthyfab.com/Hummer-Magnesium-Run-Flats.html

      IRITIM3
      • 4 Years Ago
      THIS IS JUST SIMPLY COOL!! I want one.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes. That is all
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