Over the years it has quickly developed a major cult following based on its boxy design and rigorous body-on-frame construction with lots of locking differentials. The second-longest Mercedes nameplate still in production after the (arguably) tougher Unimog, the G-Class, has been produced in countless versions and special editions.
From protective Guards to Cabriolets and from 4x4 squared to Maybach Laundalets, anything goes for the G, as long as it further adds to the iconic heritage and makes a bucketload of profits for the German automaker. Alas, one of the most renowned ideas was when the company decided to mix and match the legendary AMG G 63 version with a 6x6 pickup truck body.
OEM-built to mark three decades of G-Class production, the 2013-2015 Mercedes-AMG G 63 6×6 combined the then-current 536-hp 5.5-liter M157 twin-turbo V8 from the G 63, portal axles, 6x6 drive, a pickup truck body, and the classic luxurious interior, all in one street-legal package that was more expensive than an arm and a leg.
flourishing 6x6 truck conversion crowd as much as possible, and they are clearly playing the outrageous card.
And they do so with a penchant for drama, also, given the current “six trucks of the apocalypse” model roster. It consists of stuff like the Jeep Gladiator-based Hellfire, Sinister 6, or Doomsday – which have starting prices of $155k, $185k, and $200k when switching from a turbo diesel engine to the Hemi 392 or SRT Hellcat with a massaged stable of 750 ponies.
Then there are even more crazy options. The Darkhorse is a bit out of context since it’s a Ford Bronco SUV-based 6x6 transformation, but then there are also a couple of Ram 1500 TRX-based flagships. The $250k Warlord packs the same Hellcat engine but now with 850 horsepower. And then there is also the $297k Juggernaut, something that needs to be seen in person to properly believe it. And we are not going to hold it against anyone who decides to start running amuck crying their outrage – it’s not everyone’s modified 6x6 truck cup of tea!
Anyway, that does not matter too much, anymore, as there’s a new Apocalypse 6x6 dog in town. Namely, it’s the fresh Cerberus 6x6 model, a legendary Mercedes-AMG G 63 SUV transformed into a $519,999 pickup truck of the 6x6 variety. And, according to the company, “this is the only new body style G 63 6x6 finished in Kevlar in the world,” and it’s based on a 2019 model year AMG with just 38k miles (a little over 61,155 km) at the time of conversion.
Plus, the details are ‘simple’ and intriguing at the same time: “Apocalypse adds their patented middle axle to make this a fully functional six-wheel-drive vehicle, before coating the entire exterior in a Gun Metal Gray Kevlar shell, adding carbon fiber fenders, roll cage, 4’ (122 cm) pickup bed, and a red plus black Alcantara interior.” There you have it, all the highlights in a nutshell.