The 1,300 hp Rezvani Hercules 6X6 is here to eat you
The truck bed alone is the size of a Smart car
Rezvani, a California-based car manufacturer, specializes in vehicles that are basically equipped for the end of the world. A couple of years ago they introduced the Tank, the most powerful SUV in the world at the time, and this is their latest creature, it's called the Hercules, it has 6 wheels and it produces 1,300 hp.
The Hercules 6x6, loosely based on the Jeep Gladiator, features an 8 foot (2,438 mm) bed and four rear wheels. It is also equipped with an enormous roof-mounted LED light bar and it sits on 37-inch off-road tires.
Apart from the mad exterior, you also get a pimped up luxury cabin with a 9-inch screen aftermarket Alpine infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay, Nappa leather and Alcantara for the upholstery and a smooth suede headliner.
That is all very good and jolly but the main attraction here, as you'd expect, can be found under the hood. Rezvani offers a variety of engine options, including a 285 hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 and even a 260 hp 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6. For some reason, I feel like both the Pentastar and the EcoDiesel are too sensible and practical to make any sort of sense here, which is why you can also opt for a 500 hp 6.4-liter HEMI V8 as well as an 'improved' version of the same 6.2-liter that powers the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
First of all, it is no longer a 6.2 because the engine was bored out to displace 7.0 liters and the company was really swinging for the fences here, which is why they've given it new pistons, a new camshaft and a new crank. It now puts out 1,300 hp and 989 lb-ft of torque. The Pentastar, the EcoDiesel and the HEMI are available with either an 8-speed auto or a 6-speed manual but the supercharged 7.0-liter V8 can only be paired to an 8-speed auto sourced from a RAM. Each model is fitted with the same flexible six-wheel-drive-system, allowing you to switch between 6x2, 6x4 and 6x6 drive on demand.
Now, Rezvani being Rezvani, they're also offering a Military Edition, equipped with Kevlar armor protection, run-flat tires, a self-sealing fuel tank, underbody blast protection as well as electro-magnetic pulse protection and of course the glass is bulletproof. And that's just for the outside because inside, you'll get a thermal night vision system, an intercom, gas masks, 'blinding' lights in case you're being attacked by Vampires, hypothermia and first aid kits.
And the price? It's a lot of money but it is actually less expensive than I thought. I sort of assumed it would cost a million billion but the standard model is $225,000 and the Military Edition is $325,000. But there's a catch. Whether you go for the standard model or the Military Editions, the V8s aren't included in the price. The 500 hp 6.4 HEMI V8 costs an additional $40,000 whereas if you want the supercharged 7.0-liter V8, you'll love this, you're going to have to add an extra $249,000 on top. Lovely.