When you absolutely must have the hands-down baddest SUV/pickup on the market, only the 2015 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6X6 will do. Originally designed to accommodate the specific requirements of the Australian military, this high-powered off-road mauler features six-wheel drive and an enormous amount of horsepower combined with a roomy passenger compartment that exudes the Mercedes-Benz tradition of classic elegance.
To say that the AMG wing of Mercedes-Benz produces high-performance cars is akin to saying that Mount Everest is a high hill. Every engine built by AMG is meticulously assembled by a highly skilled craftsman that offers his personal pledge of accountability via a handwritten signature. Every chassis receives an exorbitant amount of time and energy to ensure that every detail is precise. The $525,000 (base price) G63 6X6 is no exception. It is equipped with a DOHC twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 engine that makes 536-horsepower and 561 lb.-ft. of torque. Power is distributed to the six wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission and the monster manages fuel efficiency ratings of 9 mpg city/12 highway. It has a gross vehicle weight of 9050 lbs. and a top speed of 100 mph. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in around 7-seconds. It is fitted with five locking differentials, which can be selected manually according to driving conditions. Putting the finishing touch on this behemoth’s humongous footprints are 18-inch bead-lock wheels with 37-inch tall off-road tires, which can be inflated from 0 psi to road worthy in only 20-seconds using twin 20-gallon air tanks and an on-board compressor.
The Designo interior of this awesome beast, as advertised, is super luxurious with diamond tufted leather seating surfaces and carbon-fiber trim around the dash and door panels. The remainder of the interior is pretty basic, though it does have a centrally mounted LCD touchscreen navigation system and headrest DVD players albeit with no rearview camera. Even the pickup bed is immaculate on this thing with intricately finished blonde burl wood flooring and squadron seating.
The exterior appearance is virtually identical to that of a standard G-Class SUV, with a pickup bed and an extra set of wheels attached. It also has a much higher center of gravity; 8-inches to be exact, giving the 6X6 18-inches of ground clearance. With specs like those there is not too much that it cannot drive over, through, or around.
Very few of these colossal off-road trucks are expected to reach the shores of the U.S. Professional gambler Dan Bilzerian has placed his order for one in Matte Grey, with a sticker price of around $900,000.