China’s take on the Ford F-550 makes the Bentley Bentayga seem affordable.
From the ultra-luxurious Bentley Bentayga to the armored Rezvani Tank, SUVs costing nearly $200,000 aren’t uncommon. We suspect the upcoming Rolls-Royce Cullinan will have a wallet-crunching asking price too, but this new SUV from China makes the competition seem comparatively affordable. It’s called the Karlmann King, and at $2 million, it’s officially the most expensive SUV in the world. That’s just the price of the base model. If you show little restraint with the customization, prepare to shell out a whopping $3.8 million.
Designed by Chinese company IAT, the Karlmann King’s angular exterior is inspired by fighter planes and is described as a “stealth” vehicle that provides “an unprecedented visual feast,” though both of those claims are debateable. Based on a Ford F-550, under the hood is a 6.8-liter V10 engine massaged to produce around 400 horsepower. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox with four-wheel drive and front and rear air suspension. Despite its power, the Karlmann King won’t go any faster than 87 mph. The paltry top speed is due to the fact it’s 8.2 feet wide and weighs 13,227 lbs. That said, this isn’t an SUV you buy for performance.
As well as being the most expensive SUV in the world, it’s also hands-down the most luxurious. Inside, the opulent interior features starlight headlining akin to the Rolls-Royce Phantom, luxurious leather seats with bespoke color options, ambient lighting, a retractable widescreen TV, refrigerator, coffee machine and electrically operated pop-out tables. According to Fox, buyers can also opt for a six seat, six-door version, although you’ll need to move quickly since IAT will only build nine total units.