Can’t Afford a Mercedes 6x6? Here’s Your Homemade Alternative
In the world of over-the-top pickup trucks, one vehicle stands a bit taller than most—the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6. With six-wheel-drive and 544 horsepower, it’s simply a beast. But there’s just one problem. They cost well over $500,000 and Mercedes already sold them all.
Pity. So what is a super-ute enthusiast to do? Well, you could buy (or build) something like this. In 1999, this Land Rover Discovery II SUV rolled off the production lines boasting four wheels of gravel chucking capability. Today, it has been transformed into a pickup truck, it adds two more tires to the recipe, and it recently appeared on eBay.
Though incredibly cool, something tells us this Land Rover probably costs a lot less than the half-a-million Mercedes. Certainly not a bad thing. The transformation from SUV-to-truck started simply enough by chopping everything behind the Discovery’s C-pillar. The rear end and hatch were then converted into a back window and tailgate. But it’s the addition of another Discovery’s hindquarters which really extenuates the pickup look, and subsequently allows space for that third axle. Unfortunately, it isn’t a “driven” axle yet. An electric motor is intended to power the back wheels, and until outfitted, this six-wheeler will remain four-wheel-drive.
According to the owner, the Land Rover boasts a hardy ARB bumper out front, and rides atop a two-inch Old Man Emu spring lift on the front and middle axles, while the rear is articulated by an air-suspension setup. Like the burly Mercedes 6x6, the six-wheeled Land Rover also draws power from a V8 engine, though this one’s a 4.0-liter Rover unit. All things considered, it's an ice cold conversion. But best of all, this truck is said to be a daily-driver. Imagine all the heads that turn on this commute to work.