MERC BAKKIE IN SA: According to Mercedes-Benz SA, all of its huge G63 AMG 6x6s are sold. Image: Mercedes-Benz / David van der Merwe
Johannesburg - Despite South Africa's ailing economy, some still find a way to flaunt their automotive excess. Meet the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG - a monstrous 6x6 bakkie worth R13.5-million!
It's probably the definitive way to flaunt your wealth and bloated self-esteem, and it has been spotted in South Africa.
With the country’s currency in virtual freefall and the economy going to the dogs no less than ten (yes, ten!) of these massive six-wheeled mean machines are on their way to local owners.
According to a spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz SA, all of the mammoths 6x6s are accounted for. So if you still plan to order one; sorry.
These giant bakkies, completely impractical for any use besides possible trips through Africa’s hinterland, in 2015 trim now feature a heatable windshield, heatable mirrors and an auto-dimming rear view mirror.
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The huge variants of the indomitable G-Class is powered by an AMG-tuned 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 405kW and a massive 760Nm of torque channelled through Merc’s 7G-Tronic auto transmission to all six wheels.
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This is good enough to give the G63 AMG a 0-100 km/h time just under eight seconds – enough to keep Gauteng’s finest busy for a while – and provide it with perhaps just sufficient rotating force to climb the challenging sidewalks of Sandton.
It's obviously satiated with all the luxury trimmings found in the standard G63 4x4, but has extra-high profile 37" mud-diggin’ tyres (for those vehicle chomping potholes, you see), air pressure compressors (to deal with those flooded roads after a Highveld thunder storm), a special suspension with 460mm of ground clearance (eish, those pavements…) and a cargo bay where nothing will ever be stored.
With a length of 5.8m, parking may present a problem, so you can surely expect to find them double-parked in spaces, presumably sporting a bumper sticker reading: 'F… the poor'
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