544 horsepower and six wheels? We've got to be kidding, right? Only we're not: Mercedes is actually selling these beasts.
Remember the six-wheeled Mercedes G-Class we spotted a couple of weeks ago on its way to the Middle East? It was hard to miss. We figured it was a one-off, but as it turns out, Mercedes-Benz is putting it into production, albeit highly limited. The truck started out as a special creation for the Austrian military a couple of years ago in the same country where the G-Wagen is built for Mercedes by Magna Steyr. But demand from specific clientele prompted Benz to offer it for public consumption.
Instead of the G320 CDI diesel in the military version, Mercedes has fitted the civilian model with the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 from the G63 AMG, delivering 544 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque to all six 37-inch wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission and five locking differentials. All that power is needed to propel the 19-foot-long, 8,322-lb beast (that's over four tons!) through whatever terrain you could throw it at with 18 inches of ground clearance, bringing along with it all the premium accoutrements you'd expect of a top-of-the-line Mercedes – including a bamboo-lined extended cargo bed.
Mercedes will start delivering the G63 AMG 6x6 in October, and while it hasn't confirmed pricing, it's slated to be the automaker's second most expensive vehicle behind the $450k SLS Electric Drive. Benz figures it will sell about 20 or 30 of them per year. See where most will end up in the video below.