Does anybody need a six-wheeled Mercedes SUV?
But this is really not a question of need, it's a question of want, and after watching the new promotional video for the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6, it's really hard not to want to get in the cab and let all six wheels on the monster SUV take you all over world's most difficult terrain, like the Namibian desert featured in the video.
The G63 AMG 6x6 will be produced on a limited basis for a few deep-pocketed customers. Autoweek reported the G63 AMG 6x6 will be the German automaker's second most expensive vehicle, behind the new $457,000 SLS Electric Drive.
The colossal truck makes its moves through a 5.5-liter V-8 with 536 horsepower. Weighing in at 8,322 pounds, the G63 AMG 6x6 will need to make full use of its 560 lb-ft of torque, which is split over the three axles in a 30/40/30 ratio, the report stated.
For desert travel, the tires can be inflated and deflated from a panel in the cabin. The 37-inch wheels have locking differentials and the truck can ford water more than three feet deep.
Six-wheeled trucks have been in military and commercial use for decades, and Mercedes even built some of its own as far back as World War II.
But the latest edition to Mercedes' six-wheeled library pretty much beats the axles out of any truck the company has produced before.
The truck's interior is well appointed, holding up to four passengers on quilted leather seats, a carbon-fiber accented dashboard and a bamboo-lined cargo bay.
Mileage per gallon is shamefully low, somewhere in the territory of 13 mpg, but the G63 AMG 6x6 will have two fuel tanks with a combined capacity of 42 gallons, so refilling will be costly, but not too frequent.
Mercedes plans to built no more than 30 of the behemoth trucks, to be available in October.