The Rise of The Supertruck: Brabus, Tesla, and Hummer Lead This New Exotic Truck Class
Faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive, the supertrucks are here to stay. Just as luxury sports cars gave rise to the supercar, we are watching luxury SUVs and luxury trucks evolve into a new class: the supertruck. Some of these supertrucks are internal combustion monsters powered by turbocharged and supercharged V8s. Other supertrucks showcase cutting-edge electric vehicle technology. All of them are top-trim trucks and top-dollar toys for the rich and powerful. So without further ado, here are the four most powerful 4×4 supertrucks.
The Ram TRX is more than a platform for the Hellcat engine. But the supercharged, 6.2L, SRT Hemi indeed lives under the TRX’s hood. And, this engine makes 702 horsepower. Stellantis based the TRX on an old concept the tame Ram Rebel. The TRX is an extreme Ram 1500 built around 35-inch offroad tires and desert racing suspension. Everything about the truck is super, even its ego. This Ram’s specifications–and its T-Rex name–are a swipe at Ford’s F-150 Raptor.
Like a supercar, the Ram TRX is exclusive. This supertruck is so popular that Ram dealers now have a waiting list for the truck.
Brabus Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6
In 2013, Mercedes AMG hatched a plan to build their own Supertruck. First, they fit the Gelandewagen with a 536 horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine. Then they elongated its body with a truck bed and dropped it on six Unimog portal axles. The result was the Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6, an offroading beast. Mercedes AMG stopped production in 2015 to focus on a four-wheel portal axle G Wagen. As a result, the limited run of G63 6x6s is skyrocketing in value. These 6x6s often appear between rows of used Lamborghinis and Ferraris at supercar dealerships.
Rock stars and movie stars who thought a factory-built 6×6 was boring had another option. Aftermarket Mercedes performance house, Brabus, offered a package for the 6×6 with aftermarket turbochargers, kept cool with aftermarket gold-lined intakes. The Brabus Mercedes 6×6 produces 700 horsepower.
Driving a Tesla Cybertruck says you would not settle for any normal pickup. The vehicle’s brutalist styling–inspired by 1980s sci-fi–gives it a similar over-the-top appearance to a Lamborghini. It is true: mere peasants can buy a one-engine Cybertruck for less than $40,000–but they need a reservation to land the exclusive truck.
More discerning buyers of this electric supertruck can opt for three engines that crank out a total of 800 horsepower. This Tesla also offers a leather-clad interior for six adults and a luxurious 17-inch infotainment center.
GMC Hummer EV SUT
GMC advertises its Hummer EV as the world’s first electric supertruck. With celebrity spokespeople such as Lebron James, GMC is positioning the new Hummer alongside extravagent supercars. The top-trim Hummer EV-3X and launch edition feature three electric engines and a claimed 830 horsepower. Advertising features like the sideways driving “crab-walk” mode, GMC leans on the new Hummer EV’s capabilities.
The new Hummer EV will be both capable off-road and luxurious. This Sport Utility Truck features a removable glass roof, leather seats, cutting-edge infotainment, and interior decor designed to celebrate the moon landing. This new Hummer Supertruck will be cool and classy as well.
Those are four of the most powerful 4×4 supertrucks. Will we see more exotic vehicle brands competing in this emerging class? Will large manufacturers produce more top-trim supertrucks? Only time can tell.