4 Weird and Wild Pickup Trucks

Over the years, it has become obvious that people want a more diversified pickup than one with all-work-and-no-play capacities. Designers have attempted to meet those demands in unique ways with varied responses from auto fanatics.

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6

At 9,000 lbs, it’s no wonder this sports utility vehicle isn’t a graceful machine with amazing aerodynamics. Built like a tank, every angle and line takes away from its fluid ride, but the characteristic that makes this truck so wacky is the third pair of wheels. In all fairness, the vehicle is based off the Austrian military type of G-wagen. The 37-inch off-road tires contain an onboard system to deflate and inflate. With massive profits as its goal, Mercedes didn’t flake on the powertrain of this vehicle, as it can compete on a circuit anywhere and hold its own.

2017 Ford Raptor

This vehicle is not one you want showing up at your front door to pick your daughter up for prom. With 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, this monster has dropped 500 pounds since last year, trading its 6.2-liter V8 for a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. The leaner version of its former self takes names thanks to the 10-speed automatic that combines all-wheel capabilities with traditional 4×4 principles. Various drive modes designate power and manipulate traction, shifting, and throttle control. The EcoBoost engine increased fuel economy by 23 percent, and the verified combined miles per gallon is 15, so this pickup is as efficient as it is classy.

Chevrolet SSR

Chevrolet SSR - Weird and Wild Trucks

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With a look that appears to have come straight out of “Back to the Future”, this vehicle perplexed consumers at its release in the early 21st century. The rear-drive V8 chassis coupled with a folding hardtop catapulted this vehicle into a category all of its own. With retro styling and a tiny bed, people couldn’t use it to haul much of anything, so it strangely fit into the truck category despite the mockery of bystanders. Chevy has definitely never designed a pickup that made the population cock their heads to one side like this one.

Dodge Ram SRT-10

A Hellcat engine paired with impressive hauling capacity and a bed makes for a fine automobile. With the Viper’s V10 engine, a low-riding chassis to control the 500 horsepower this badboy delivered, and side rails to boot, this truck was so much of a hit that it went into series production. With a 0-60 time of less than five seconds, there has never been another pickup like it. Sadly, though the initial burnout will give you a thrill, the lack of all-wheel drive causes the vehicle to max out right off the finish line. Without being able to accelerate long-term, the vehicle flopped. But it does give an idea of what the future holds for those consumers who desire a workhorse by day and a racer by night. As transportation methods are ever-evolving, these are not the last of the revolutionary ideas in the automotive realm. On the other hand, you get to decide if the best is yet to come or if these design fads are just a fleeting memory.