The off-road Rolls-Royce wannabe apparently needed more power.
In 2020, the Aznom Palladium piqued our interest as a bizarre marriage between a Maybach, Rolls-Royce, and Land Rover, but it appears the car's over-the-top design wasn't enough for one buyer. A customer in the United Arab Emirates recently requested an even more intense version of the Ram 1500-based luxury cruiser.
Just ten of the "normal" Palladium models are scheduled, with buyers in North America, Europe, and the Middle East among the lucky few. Company founder Marcello Meregalli noted that the car is a limo with desert-running capabilities, so it's not surprising that someone commissioned the company to build an even more extreme variant of the car.
The "standard" Aznom Palladium, if there is such a thing, is no slouch on its own. The 6.5-foot-tall, almost 20-foot-long off-road "hyper-limousine" comes with a 700-plus-horsepower 5.7-liter twin-turbo V8, four-wheel drive, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to the twin-turbocharged engine from Stellantis, the run from 0-62 mph takes just 4.5 seconds, and the beast rides on 22-inch wheels with Yokohama tires.
One customer in the UAE felt those specs weren't enough. For them, Aznom swapped in a twin-turbo 6.4-liter Hemi V8. It makes 850 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque, which raises the car's top speed from 130 mph to 155 mph. The rest of the powertrain remains in place, but the engine features cylinder deactivation to preserve fuel economy.
It's unclear what, exactly, this person intended for their Palladium, but the changes didn't stop at propulsion. Aznom added a roll cage, upgraded vented brake rotors, and a 30-mm lowering kit. The shop performed other work to accommodate the larger engine and performance, including two air-to-water intercoolers, a modified camshaft and driveshaft, and other custom fabricated components.
The Palladium's starting price lands at just $1.5 million, making it far more expensive than even the Rolls-Royce Phantom here in the United States. It's worth noting that the astronomical price tag buys an opulent experience, but it's still a Ram 1500 underneath. Even as one of the smoothest full-size pickups on the market today, it's still a truck. Of course, that ruggedness is an advantage in other parts of the world, so the Palladium is sure to have at least a few interested parties.