I recently had the chance to drive the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6, which is truly the craziest pickup truck ever made. It has six wheels. It has massive tires and portal axles, meaning it’s lifted from the factory. It costs well over $1 million. And the one I drove was tuned — tuned! — for over 700 horsepower. It’s an amazing situation.
And, indeed, I drove it. For a little while, around Newport Beach, I was driving the coolest truck ever made. Yes, I think it’s cool: It’s ridiculously overpriced and pathetically macho and terrible for the environment and all-around awful, but it’s hard to escape the fact that it’s precisely what a child would create if given the chance, the ultimate fantasy of any kid who’s ever played with trucks and obsessed over bulldozers. It’s amazing. It’s everything.
Well, everything except small. The 6×6 is over 90 inches high, meaning it can’t fit into basically any garage due to its height — not that its length would allow it to fit, anyway, as it’s nearly 230 inches long. It’s basically the size of a massive, full-size super duty pickup that’s been jacked up, except this comes like this from the factory. Oh, and it has six wheels. It also comes like that from the factory.
I’ve covered all the quirks and features in the video above, so right here, I’ll mainly focus on driving experience — and I have to say, it was pretty enjoyable. The original powerplant makes “only” 540 hp, which really isn’t enough to move the 6×6’s massive 9,000-lb curb weight anywhere quickly. But this particular one had been tuned by Brabus for around 700 hp, meaning it did 0-to-60 in maybe the mid-6 second range, which is basically sports car acceleration for this massive truck thing.
It’s all pretty insane, and it felt like it on the road. The sheer height of the 6×6 is absolutely comical. You’re basically sitting at semi truck or delivery truck height, well beyond the height of any normal vehicle on the road. You’re looking down on truly everyone, and it’s absolutely insane and hilarious and wonderful, assuming you’re into that sort of thing. It can be a bit challenging, of course, due to the size — and you don’t want to try to enter a parking garage (or anywhere with low clearance) because you won’t fit. But if you’re into a “king of the road” driving position, this is it, and it’s a shock when you’re first behind the wheel.
As for the experience of actually driving it, acceleration is reasonably strong. It’s still not fast, but the tune helps, as the original hp rating sends it 0-to-60 in eight-point-something seconds — not quite “AMG” territory. Now, it feels quick enough, far quicker than anything this big realistically should be. The handling isn’t sharp, of course, and steering is lazy — but again, it’s better than you might think, given its size. It has a wide track and it feels relatively stable as a result, which is excellent.
Interestingly, my biggest surprise behind the wheel of the 6×6 is that you really don’t feel the size all that dramatically. Yes, sure, it’s huge, and it’s tall, but it honestly didn’t seem much bigger than the G550 4×4 Squared I drove a couple of years ago, which shares the 6×6’s ride height. You don’t really realize you’re also lugging around six wheels and a pickup truck bed until you look in back and see everything behind you.
Overall, though, of course the 6×6 is insane. Everything about it is absolutely maddeningly ridiculous, and truthfully, I love it. I think part of the reason I love it, though, is that I know it’s tremendously rare. They only made 100 or 150 of these for the planet, so it’s not like these will be all over every road, destroying the environment and showing off as a monument to stupid excess. Instead, they will be reserved for collectors and enthusiasts … who want a monument to stupid excess. And, I have to admit, if I had the money, I would be one of those collectors. It’s so insane and crazy and ridiculous and I-can’t-believe-they-actually-built-it that I just want one so badly. And if you’re into pickup trucks, I bet you do, too. Find a Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG for sale
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