€231,693 (about $273,000) will buy you in Germany a shiny new G500 in the bonkers 4×4² specification. It is one of the most expensive regular-ish production Mercedes models on sale today, only surpassed by the V12-powered S65 and G65. You will only have to pay a fraction of this price to get one of these colorful G 500 4x4² versions available in eight striking hues. That’s because these are merely 1:18 scale models from GT Spirit.
During the development phase, the model car specialist had access to the original design data provided by Mercedes. It means you can rest assured the tiny version of the G 500 4x4² is a perfect replica of the real deal and is available in crazy colors, including the eye-catching “Alien Green.” Alternatively, you can have it in Mauritius Blue, Electric Beam, Diamond White, Sunset Beam, Tomato Red, Tektite Grey, or Galactic Beam.
You will have to hurry up and grab one since only 463 units of each color will be made. G-Class aficionados have probably figured out by now that number wasn’t randomly chosen as it’s a nod to the vehicle’s W463 internal codename. Each resin-made miniature will be individually numbered on the bottom to denote its limited availability. Despite its petite size, the 1:18 scale model contains up to 100 components and boasts “a number of special equipment” parts, whatever that means.
Pricing isn’t out just yet, but Mercedes says you can contact its dealers to order one or access the company’s online shop. This pint-sized G500 4×4² follows a similar collection launched last year for the G63, also capped at 463 examples per each wild color.
Launched in 1990 and updated several times since then, the W463 will finally be put out to pasture in the coming months if we were to rely on a recent report indicating Mercedes will introduce the G-Class W464 in January 2018 at the Detroit Auto Show.