The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 was a civilian special produced from 2013-2015 based on the Austrian Army’s six-wheel-drive Geländewagen. Unlike the military’s V6 turbodiesel G300 CDI, however, AMG’s limited run of around 100 six-wheelers packed the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter M157 V8, hand-assembled to send 536 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque to all three axles. As a result, the larger-than-life G-Wagen was a handful on the road, but as someone who’s got to ride around the G-Class test track in the white prototype Magna Steyr kept for fun purposes, I can confirm that this 9,050-pound monster is just as entertaining as its capabilities would suggest.
Somebody in Japan must have felt the same way, because now on Bring-a-Trailer there is a 2014 example in Obsidian Black Metallic showing some 48,990 miles on the clock since delivered new to Japan five years ago. And given how it could only cover 2,500 miles since landing in America last year under Show or Display rules, we must assume that its previous owner covered an average of nearly 9,500 miles per year. Given the cultural context and general lack of space in urban areas in Japan, that is definitely impressive.
If you decide to drive from Japan’s northernmost point near Soya Bay down to the southern edge at Cape Sata, that’s still only a 39-hour trip spanning 1,700 miles. The previous owner(s) of this truck covered over five times that distance with the six-wheeler each year of ownership, in theory.