Audi might be synonymous with all-wheel drive, but Mercedes is celebrating the 105th anniversary of their first four-wheel drive vehicle - the 1907 Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) Dernburg-Wagen.

Audi might be synonymous with all-wheel drive, but Mercedes is celebrating the 105th anniversary of their first four-wheel drive vehicle - the 1907 Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) Dernburg-Wagen.

Created in an era of dirt roads, the Dernburg-Wagen was the world's first four-wheel drive vehicle. It featured 32cm (12.6 inches) of ground clearance, four-wheel steering and a 6.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 35 hp (26 kW / 35 PS).

Over the years, Mercedes refined their four-wheel drive system and launched it on iconic models like the Unimog and G-Class. Speaking of the latter, it was originally conceived in 1972 as a "robust commercial vehicle with incredible off-road ability." It still remains in production, but has been upgraded with features such as a 6.0-liter biturbo V12 engine - that develops 612 PS (450 kW / 603 hp) and 1000 Nm (737 lb-ft) of torque - in the G65 AMG.

 

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Mercedes celebrates 105 years of offering four-wheel drive