When you think of a top off-road vehicle, a Mercedes probably is not the first thing to come to mind. That could all be changing in the near future, however. The German automaker has created a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 that is more than capable of handling whatever type of trails or obstacles you can throw at it.
So strong it's bulletproof
The first thing you'll notice about the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 is its six wheels. With two in the front and four in the back under the bed, it resembles a military vehicle, but still has a number of the high-end touches you would expect from the luxury automaker. A leather interior and intricate dashboard instrument display provide plenty of comfort and functionality, while the six tires and rugged frame are more than capable of going through any type of terrain.
Of course, all of these features come at a price. The basic vehicle will sell for approximately $550,000, while other drivers will have an opportunity to purchase a version with bulletproof body armor for a whopping $1.35 million. To reserve one of these vehicles, drivers will have to put down a deposit of 75 percent of that cost.
Ready for off-roading
This Mercedes weighs in at five tons. That means that it's powerful enough to barrel through almost any environment, especially with the help of the powerful engine. The hand-built 5.5-liter, bi-turbo V-8 engine is great for acceleration as well as powering through all kinds of obstacles.
"It has a very complicated drivetrain and chassis," Mercedes-Benz spokesman Jerry Stamoulis told Carsguide. "It has absolutely no relation to the other G-class vehicles, including the 6x6 G-wagon used by the Australian Army. The G63 is a complex, super-articulated machine designed for extreme off-road conditions."
The one downside to this vehicle, other than the price, is that making modifications may be a tall order. Off-road parts are not typically made for luxury vehicles like a Mercedes-Benz SUV, so it could be difficult to find the right tools and gear to upgrade. On the other hand, this automobile certainly doesn't need much work, and you would be hard pressed to find many areas where you'll need to make changes.
Deliveries of the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 are expected to occur in late 2014.