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]
Not content to let its competitors have all the off-road fun, GM is striking back with the GMC Sierra All Terrain HD ($TBA). This new concept features suspension upgrades, a higher ground clearance, and wider stance than the typical Sierra, along with a 6.6L Duramax diesel V8 pumping out 397 hp and 765 pound-feet of torque, rugged tires, and built-in cargo boxes on the sides of the bed.
Born out of a lifelong love for the classic Toyota Land Cruiser, the Icon FJ Series ($126,000 and up) is a modern re-imagining of the legendary off-roader. Available in three body styles, the FJ's features include a standard 5.3 Liter, 350hp V8 engine, four-wheel disc brakes, Dynatrac Dana 60/40 based axles, Marine-rated vinyl on the seats, an Atlas II transfer case, aluminum knobs, sport pedals, an optional soft top, aeronautics-inspired dash panles, and a Teflon polyester hybrid powder coat that can stand up to the worst punishment you can dish out, even if that's just a trip over potholed suburban streets.
Placing third in Egypt's Pharaoh's Rally is no easy task, especially for a auto-making unit that recently switched ownership — but that's exactly what the QT Wildcat 500DKR ($TBA). Billed as a "full-blown rally raid machine," this mean off-roader is powered by a 4-liter Jaguar V8 good for 275hp, and features a fully ruggedized chassis, drivetrain, and electronics, including a high-strength steel space frame, a light weight composite body shell, larger dampers with coil over springs capable of handling more punishment than you're likely to dish out, and more.
With a bold, oversized body and enough power to tear your neighbor's house right off the foundation, the new 2011 Ford Super Duty ($TBA; Spring 2010) is bound to be the manliest truck on your block. Offered with either a new "Scorpion" 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 or a 6.2-liter gas-powered V8, the new Super Duty is a tower's dream, with advanced features like Trailer Sway Control, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, Hill Start Assist and Hill Decent Control, an all-new 6R140 heavy-duty TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission, and a gauge cluster-mounted 4.2-inch LCD for keeping an eye on all the different systems.
If Ford's standard-issue F-150 just isn't manly enough for you, take a gander at the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor ($TBA). This high-performance off-road terror packs a 5.4L Triton V8 making 320 hp, a completely redesigned front suspension with shocks from Fox Racing, a unique grill, a body that's seven inches wider than a stock F-150, BFGoodrich All-Terrain TA/KO 315/70-17 tires, optional graphics, and more.