Would you actually use this one-off six-wheeled Mercedes X-Class?

This one’s a mighty-looking truck
by Greg Potts | May 11, 2021
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Regular readers of TopGear.com may recognize the name of Dutch dealership Classic Youngtimers. That’s because they’re the folk responsible for recent off-road versions of the Bentley Continental GT, the Lamborghini Gallardo and the Nissan GT-R.

“Off-road-ify everything” could well be the company’s not-so-catchy slogan.

Still, its previous projects now look a little bit tame compared to this—a humungous six-wheeled Mercedes X-Class pickup truck that’s inspired by Merc’s own G63 AMG 6x6.

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Now, Polish tuner Carlex Design first floated the idea of a 6x6 X-Class back in 2018, and its name now features on the fancy roll hoop here, so we can assume it is they who have done the work. Classic Youngtimers assures us that this is a complete one-off though, so clearly Carlex weren’t inundated with orders originally.

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What a mighty-looking thing it is. The custom subframe allows room for a third axle, whilst the body has been lifted by 10cm to fit the custom alloy wheels and giant off-road tires. Classic Youngtimers wants the buyer (yep, it’s already sold, sorry) to actually use this thing on rough terrain, and the dealership has even taken a pop at G63 6x6 owners…

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“You want to drive this ultimate Mercedes off-road truck instead of just looking at it at the nearest gas station,” says the press release. Ouch.

That’s also the reason for what’s under the bonnet. It’s the standard 254hp 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel engine from the X350d. Nice and workaday. The interior is pretty standard too, as is the exterior paintjob, but the bed has been extended and the grille is now an AMG job.

Is this a 6x6 that you’d actually use?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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