If you're in the market for the ultimate overland expedition vehicle with style to spare, look no further than the Filson x AEV Brute Double Cab Jeep ($130,000). Based on AEV's excellent double cab Jeep conversion, this collaboration combines all the badass qualities of the Brute, with a custom forest green paint job, Filson's signature leather and dry finish tin cloth upholstery, badges, and a set of rugged twill bags. It's powered by a massive 6.4-liter variable valve timing V8, and features a cored composite truck bed, double cab hardtop, custom rocker guards, bumpers, instruments, off road lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, 35-inch mud tires, and so much more.
Call us high maintenance if you want, but we prefer our hotrods with a classically-minded exterior and a completely-modern everything else — a smooth ride, performant drivetrain, and reliable electronics. Similarly-minded ICON (who seem to be on quite the roll lately) just announced the Icon Thriftmaster Truck ($250,000), a Chevy 3100-based piece of lust-worthy automotive art. Powered by an available Magnuson supercharged 5.3-liter small block V8 producing 435 horsepower and 458 lb-ft of torque, with all-wheel ABS-equipped disc brakes, independent front suspension, a four-link solid rear axle, and a six-speed Tremec manual trans, this truck is made to move, handle, and stop. Add to that an all-LED lighting system, matted interior for a quieter ride, beautiful upholstery, a split bench seat, power windows and locks, as well as a touchscreen control panel, and you get a gorgeous vintage truck with all the advantages of a modern vehicle.
When you want the performance of a modern truck, but don't like the bulky appearance of most trucks today, sometimes the only option is to go with a rebuilt classic like the Legacy Dodge Carryall ($160,000) (from the guys who brought you this). After completing a stage three restoration — returning these trucks to the way they looked coming off the factory floor — they undergo an impressive modernization. They feature an updated interior with modern safety and climate features, as well as modern suspension, brakes, and power train (choose from a 425 horsepower V8 or a 3.9-liter Cummins turbo diesel). They're each finished off with a beautiful rotisserie paint job, in colors like flame red and army gloss green.
Own a rare piece of German racing history, the 1964 Volkswagen Pick-up With Porsche Formula V ($TBA). Both vehicles have been completely and carefully restored, making them a perfect show piece, or a vintage race driver's dream. The featherweight Porsche Formula V — based on a pre-1963 VW Beetle, and powered by a 1.2-liter engine producing 40hp — can reach speeds up to 100mph, and is fully-race-ready. The pick-up has an upgraded 200hp 2.4-liter engine, making it a capable transport truck restored to concours quality. [Scouted by Erik]
Okay, okay — so Superman doesn't need a whole lot of help getting around. But unless you've gained the power to fly, you probably still need some wheels. The Ram Man Of Steel Truck ($TBA) should suffice. This one-of-a-kind Power Wagon features a Dark Ceramic Gray paint job with a high-gloss black roof, anodized red grille accents, forged aluminum, satin-black 17-inch off-road wheels, and a custom wrap inspired by Superman's suit. Inside, you'll find Pewter leather seats with custom mesh inserts based on the suit, and anodized red accents on the doors, steering column, radio, and seats. Oh, and Superman logos on the grille, tailgate, seats, and console. If you're still interested, keep an eye out for an auction to come later this year.
You'd surely need to jump through some hoops to get your hands on one, but if you're looking for the ultimate off-road-capable stuff carrier, the Mercedes-Benz Unimog ($TBA) is worth a look. Completely redesigned, the new Unimog is available in a dizzying ten different models, all of which offer features like a lower center of gravity, high ground clearance, axle articulation of up to 30°, LED headlights, improved cabins with greater visibility, multifunction steering wheels, and a tire inflation system that lets you choose the appropriate pressure for the terrain.
Yes, it's exactly what you think it is. Like the company's long-running series of suped-up Mustangs, the Shelby Raptor ($18,000 and up, not inlcuding the SVT Raptor) takes Ford's already beastly truck to the next level. The package includes a 2.9L supercharger and a Shelby Borla exhaust that combine to boost the V8's output from 411 to 575 hp, optional custom wheels with 35-in Goodrich All-Terrain tires, and your choice of three graphics kits, one of which looks like it was inspired by the cover of a 1990's graphic novel. So don't choose that one.
We're not sure who it's really for — multi-millionaires with secret lairs miles away from the nearest road, perhaps? — but we do know it's badass. The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 (£350,000; roughly $525,000) is the biggest, most rugged offroader Stuttgart's ever produced. As the name suggests, it features six wheels for increased traction, a twin-turbocharged 5.5L AMG V8 cranking out 536hp, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. It's not all rugged capability, though, with an interior that features copious amounts of leather and Alcantara, sports seats, and other luxurious appointments. Just don't expect to see too many of them — word has it there's only going to be 20-30 built each year. [via]
It's far from new, but it's also far from ordinary. The Legacy Power Wagon ($120,000-$170,000) is a living, driving legend. Handcrafted by auto artisans in Wyoming, the Power Wagon is completely restored from its humble Dodge roots, and offers your choice of a 2- or 4-door configuration, a V8 or Turbo Diesel engine, manual or automatic transmission, and a variety of wheel sizes. You also get a modern interior, A/C, a custom dash and control panel, Dynatrac rear and Dana front axles, four-wheel disc brakes, power steering, and a bunch of other goodies that weren't available on the original. Oh, and don't forget the winch.
Satisfy your longing for a Jeep while satisfying your practical need for hauling both your progeny and their toys with the AEV Brute Double Cab Jeep Pickup ($TBA). Based on the newest Wrangler Unlimited, the latest Brute is 30 inches longer, with 23 more inches between the wheels, a small frame extension to accomodate the roughly 5' x 5' bed, fold-flat rear seats for added storage or seating for five when necessary, and lots of other aftermarket details like custom wheels, lights, and brush guards. Expect it to start rolling off the production lines and into your garage by mid-2012. [via]
Just in case the rainfall of Spring 2011 becomes the norm instead of the exception, it might be a good idea to have a Hauk Jeep River Raider ($TBA) hanging around. Based on Jeep's legendary Wrangler, the River Raider is powered by a HEMI engine ranging from 405 to 636 hp, and features a full roll cage, four-point safety harnesses, Bullet proof Dana 60 axles with dual piston calipers, LED head- and taillights, a Baja light bar, an aluminum undercarriage armor system, custom made Raceline bead lock wheels with 40-inch Toyo Open Country MT tires, a fold-down tailgate, a custom half-cab tight top, and the River Raider engine Snorkel system, which will allow you to cross those new streams which were formerly roads. [Thanks, Jon]
Standard super-duty pickups simply not enough for you? Take a gander at the SportChassis P4XL ($TBA). With a gargantuan 174-inch wheelbase and 100-inch width, the P4XL is arguably the biggest pickup you can buy, and backs it up with heavy-duty features like an 8.3L Cummins diesel with 330 hp and 1,000 ft/lb of torque, shift-on-the-fly technology, a 17,500 lb. rear air suspension and 10,000 lb. front axle, a passive noise reduction system with Dynamat to keep the interior quiet, an optional adjustable-height hitch, a Pioneer AVIC-Z3 central touchscreen controller for audio, GPS, and telephony, and the assurance of knowing that should you be in an accident, your ride will likely drive straight over the car in front of you. [Thanks, Daniel]