the AMG-souped up G-class has always been our favorite and honestly, we never thought it could be bettered by anything else – until we stumbled upon the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6X6. yes. it is a G63 and yes, it has six wheels; that’s three axles, and all of them are driven. as surreal as it may seem, this is not a dream. this beast is very real, or at least there’s one breathing and living example at this very moment, as witness in the video below, tearing through the desert. now, here comes the good news for you folks with very deep pockets: there’s plan to put the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6X6 into production. however, only 20 to 30 of these six-wheeled beast will be built each year, and it won’t come cheap. in fact, it would probably be the second most expensive model from the pointed star marque, trailing only behind the SLS AMG Electric Drive, which cost $457,000.
under the hood, the G63 AMG 6X6 shares the same AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo unit as its 4×4 counterpart, pumping out 536 horsepower (400 kW) and some 720 Nm (560 lb-ft) of torque to all its all six wheels via a 7G-TRONIC seven-speed automatic gearbox. off-road performance is taken care by a range of off-road features, including low-range gearing, five differential locks, a beefy 6×6 suspension system, 18 inches of ground clearance, huge 37-inch off-road tires, and tire pressure adjustment from within the cockpit. on top of that, it has all the luxury amenities of the regular G-class such as leather upholstery. in place of the rear bench seat, the 6X6 has two sport seats with its own fixed center console between them. and oh, instead of dropping a limousine top on its stretched body, it has a pickup bed, lined in bamboo, for practical purpose. so do we really need a six-wheeled monster on our roads? perhaps not, but the desert has no problem welcoming it, and so are we. so, if you have lots (and we do mean lots) of quid to spare, do look out for this off-road beauty.
UPDATE: [March 18, 2013] new image gallery. check it out below!
YouTube via Digital Trends via Autoweek