TOP 10 MOST INSANE PRODUCTION CARS OF ALL TIME
Insane in the membrane, insane in the brain!
1. Clio V6
A successor to the legendary Renault 5 Turbo, the Clio V6 was even crazier: it was faster, more powerful and newer. This wasn't just a raw conversion. It was a pocket supercar. It didn't have a small 4-cylinder. It had a full-sized V6. It was the 5 Turbo, but perfected.
The engine was a 3-litre producing 255 horsepower, coupled with a 6-speed manual. This made the Clio V6 the most powerful hot hatch in the world at the time. It also allowed for a 246 km/h (152 mph) top speed.
Just like the 5 Turbo, the Clio V6 was originally created as a racing car. This was back in 1999. Its main role was to promote the then-new Renault Clio. The street-legal version came to be in 2001 and even though it made no sense from a practical standpoint, the production lasted for two generations.
Most cars can drive on the road. Some can go off-road, if you can drive them well. But what about a more unconventional approach to transport? What if someone made a car that could travel not only on land, but also on water?
That is what Hans Trippel, the designer of this thing, did. Trippel worked on military Schwimmwagens during WW2 and after the war, he decided to use his experience to build a mass-produced swimming car for civilian use.
The cute-looking Amphicar 770 was produced between 1960 and 1965 with a total of 3 878 examples made. They are known for daring voyages, including swims in the Yukon River and the English Channel.
3. TESLA MODEL S PLAID
There is a number of things going on with this car that are insane. But let's forget the fact that its all electric and built by a company owned by a crazy man who named his son after an aircraft and focus on the facts that matter. Firstly, it's the acceleration. The Model S Plaid can go 0-60mph in just 2.1 seconds. No supercar can beat that. Even the Veyron loses to this car by 0.4 seconds.
Secondly, it is the fact that it has the Tesla autopilot and can, quite literally, drive itself. And while this might not be the safest of features, it is certainly impressive given that it's a 2021 car and that all other cars still rely on humans to pilot them.
The final insane feature that is almost hard to believe is that the Tesla Model S Plaid does not have a steering wheel. Instead, it has a knight-rider-style yoke. So if you ever drive one, don't get into an oversteer.
4. PAJERO EVOLUTION
The Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution was created for one specific task: off-road racing. In order to compete in Rally Dakar production class, a certain number of cars would need to be produced to receive a green light on homologation. So Mitsubshi went ahead and put the Dakar-spec Pajero Evo into production.
Powered by a 3.5 litre V6 and featuring numerous racing add-ons like extended fender flares, hood scoops, rear fins and additional foglights together with reinforced suspension, the Pajero Evo was a remarkable car.
And as ridicuous as it may appear at first sight, he Pajero Evo wasn't all that impractical: the fuel consumption was 14.5 l / 100km (16.2 mpg), which is only marginally worse than the "civilian" model, it retained a spacious boot and its handling and off-road capability were greatly improved over the standard Pajero.
5. GMC Syclone
This pickup truck may look unassuming and utilitarian, but under the deceiving body, the GMC Syclone is a finely-tuned hot rod.
Introduced in 1991, the Syclone was powered by a 4.3 litre V6 turbocharged engine producing 280hp and 474 Nm (350 lb-ft). It was ridiculously fast. So fast that it could beat a Ferrari 348ts in a quarter-mile drag race. THAT is INSANE. But while Syclone owners would spend their weekends tearing tarmac on drag strips, they could use the truck for work on regular days. Afterall, it was still a pickup: it did not lose any of its capabilities.
Why did GM build such thing? Nobody knows for sure, but it can be assumed that it was nothing more than a huge publicity stunt. Syclones were paraded at Indianapolis 500, where one of them served as pacecar and a special 'Marlboro' edition was given to winners of the Marlboro Racing Contest in 1992. The car still has a lot of hype around it today, as it remains one of the most absurd yet fantastic production cars ever.
6. G-WAGEN 6x6
Born out of a military contract for the Australian Army, the Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 6x6 is a car so insane that it's difficult to believe it's real. Part off-roader, part lorry, the 6x6 G-wagen offers unprecedented off-road capabilities thanks to it's six-wheel drive and portal axles.
Powered by a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 536hp and staggering 760nm (561 ft-lb) of torque, the car has more than enough power, even though the 0-60 time is around 8 seconds: nearly twice as much as the "normal" AMG G63. But the 6x6 weighs 3.9 tonnes.
This behemoth automobile was produced for two years between 2013 and 2015 and 100 examples were made, with the price of each example exceeding 500 000 Euros. That's a lot of money, but for a lot of action.
7. BUGATTI ROYALE
Ettore Bugatti supposedly created this car after he was told by an English lady that Rolls-Royce was more luxurious than his brand. To prove her wrong, Bugatti decided to build the ultimate symbol of luxury and excess. Quite a story, eh?
The resulting car measured 6.4 metres in length, weighed in at just over 3.1 tonnnes and was powered by a massive 12.8 litre inline-eight engine. Aside from being ludicrously large, it was also fast. The top speed was around 200 km/h (120mph). Most cars can do that today, but this was the late 20s!
Bugatti offered the Royale from 1927 to 1933 and only 7 were ever built. Probably because it was also ludicrously expensive.
The HUmmer is another behicle with an interesting backstory, involving the Terminator himself: Arnold Schwarzenegger. Schwarzenegger saw a military Humvee while filming Kindergarten Cop. It impressed him so much that the contacted AM General and told them to build a luxurious civilian version that he could buy.
Although the idea seemed ridiculous, AM General not only built a Hummer for Schwarzenegger, they also put it into production. The idea caught on and the original Hummer has spawned a lineup of vehicles spanning from 1992 to 2010.
General Motors has recently revived the Hummer as an EV.
9. Dartz Prombron / T-98 Kombat
In case you don't find the Hummer extreme enough, here's something more extreme: a massive luxury SUV produced by a Latvian company Dartz Motorz.
The Prombron is an armoured luxury SUV built to order. The vehicle is based on older components from General Motors, with the armoured body furnished by a Russian firm called Kombat Armouring, from St. Petersburgh. The highest level of protection available will keep you safe from 7.62x55mm armour-piercing bullets, fragmentation grenades, landmines and practically any other nasty stuff that people would use if they wanted to hurt you. It's basically a fortress on wheels, you would need an RPG to take it out. But aim good, because with a top speed of 180km/h (111mph), it is one of the fastest armoured cars out there.
Aside from being featured in the 2012 Sacha Baron Cohen film titled The Dictator, these cars are popular in former Soviet republics as well as China and they are available in the US too. They are owned by a variety of high profiles millionaires, gangsters, politicians and, last but not least, Kanye West.
The list wouldn't be complete without this one. Sometime in the 1960s, the Soviets began developing a mobile missile silo that could travel throught the Siberian tundra and thus be more difficult to locate and destroy than stationary missile bases. First such vehicle, designated MAZ-7916, entered production in 1972.
MZKT-79221 is the current generation of the mobile missile launcher. The vehicle is... vast. More than 22 metres long, weighing 44 tonnes, this 16x16 tank-engined beast is designed to transport and, in the most unfortunate scenario imaginable, launch nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles. With the missile eqquipped, the total weight can reach past 100 tonnes. That is a lot of mass. You wouldn't want to collide with one of these on the highway.
It is a monster on wheels - the pinnacle of madman engineering. But it is commercially produced and street-legal in Russia, so I hope that we can agree, that it is a "car".