The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 makes the wealth gap look good
Ridiculing the excessive nature of the automotive industry seems to be all the rage right now. No one needs
840 hp on barely-legal slick tires six wheels. But if we settled for simply satisfying our needs, we would drive soulless gray pods packed with self-driving technology and an in-car Snuggie. Thankfully, that’s not the world we live in, nor one we would ever want to visit. So yes, this Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 is ludicrous. But its absurdity — six wheels and two(!) fuel tanks — is why we want one so bad.
It’s ostentatious bordering on obnoxious teetering on kitsch. It’s a rolling advertisement for wealth inequality. Imagine sitting in line waiting for your multicolored unicorn coffee in this thing. It’s a caricature of automotive excess. It’s for the elite who moonlight as doomsday preppers just in case social order decides to take a vacation. They know what’s up.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t want one any less. Or that it should be banned. In fact, we want it more. Cars are supposed to have character, pops of personality that draw us to them. There’s a reason why posters of Lamborghini Countaches and Ferrari Enzos adorned the walls of kids and not the latest and greatest Sunbeam toaster lineup.