Why stop at just four wheels?
Six-wheeled cars or trucks just aren’t convenient. Two extra wheels means more expenses and maintenance. But do they serve any purpose? Can they make a car faster or a truck a better off-roader? It all depends on good engineering, but we still think six-wheeled cars and trucks can look pretty cool. That’s why we dug up these eight examples. You may have seen a few of these before, but some are just outright weird (in a good way).
Ever heard of the Covini C6W? Well, now you have. It’s an Italian-built, two-seat coupe that features a removable roof panel. The C6W began production in 2004 and can still be bought today. Power comes courtesy of an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V8 with 434 hp, and paired up with a six-speed manual, which sends power to the rear wheels. Its fiberglass and carbon fiber isn’t at all bad looking, but those four extra wheels up front definitely give the C6W a look all of its own.
The Panther 6 convertible was an example of outright extravagance. Only two examples were built between 1977 and 1978, each powered by a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged 8.2-liter Cadillac V8. It even came with a detachable hard top and soft top along with a phone and TV. Hey, for the ‘70s that was pretty sweet. Oh, there was even an automatic fire extinguisher for some reason.
Back in 1997, Dodge felt it was necessary to play around with the first gen Ram pickup truck. The result was the T-Rex, a six-wheeled pickup powered by an 8.0-liter Magnum V10 with a solid 550 hp. It never made production, but for publicity purposes it did its job admirably.
Formula 1 fans are probably familiar with the Tyrell P34. This six-wheeler wasn’t the only of its kind in F1, but it’s certainly the best known. The idea behind it was that its design would reduce drag caused by two large front wheels, among other reasons. It kind of worked, but obviously not well enough for the design to continue in the long term.
Citroen is no stranger to making weird cars, and the Cruise Crosser from 2007 is no exception. It debuted at Geneva that year and was never heard from again. Basically, Citroen was interested in getting into the pickup market, so it experimented with something unique. Heck, it was even a hybrid, but why six wheels? One word: traction.
A. Kahn Design figured this would be a good idea, and we can’t really argue otherwise. The Flying Huntsman 6x6 is, in a nutshell, a six-wheeled Land Rover Defender. Power comes courtesy of a GM-sourced 6.2-liter LS3 V8 rated at 430 hp, and mated to a six-speed automatic. Production was strongly considered, and we wouldn’t be surprised if someone was willing to shell out over $200,000 to have one.
The Pat Clancy Special actually dates back to 1948. Built by (big surprise here) a guy named Pat Clancy, this six wheeler raced at the Indianapolis 500 that year where it finished 12th. That was its only race. It was switched back to a regular four-wheel racer the following year, but it remains the only six-wheeler to ever race at the Indy 500.
This one needs no introduction. The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 is one of our favorite SUVs ever. Why? Because it’s absolutely bonkers. With its half-a-million dollar price tag and 544 hp, the G63 6x6 can go anywhere and do just about anything. Production was very limited and Mercedes had zero problems selling every single one of them.