For a select few extreme operators, the 4×4 configuration just isn’t enough. Around the world, there are a handful of companies that specialise in giving 4x4s an extra axle and the results are pretty impressive. Take a look at our list of the Top 10 Best 6×6 Commercial Conversions.
10 – Ford F550 6×6
Texas-based DBL Design is renowned in the US for its ‘Severe Duty’ brand of modified pickup trucks, but the company has a growing reputation for converting the larger Ford F450 and F550 trucks into 6×6 commercials. In addition to the extra axle, the vehicle also benefits from a 2.5-inch (62.5cm) lift, Fox shocks, contral tyre inflation system, 335/80 R20 Continental tyres and more…
9 – Toyota Hilux Arctic Trucks 6×6
Arctic Trucks has been working with Toyota for over 30 years, and the company’s Russian branch recently developed a 6×6 vehicle for customers working in the Siberian tundra. The load bed measures 2.5 metres long and it employs Toyota’s larger 2.8-litre engine (177bhp/400Nm), and is priced at £125,000.
8 – Jeep Wrangler Wild Boar 6×6 pickup
Wild Boar accessories of Florida installs the veteran Ford 9-inch Axle – one of the most popular axles in the US – behind to the back of Jeep Wrangler JKs to create a 6×6 pickup. The company also installs the 6.2-litre Dodge Hellcat V8 engine, which churns out over 700hp.
7 – Ford Ranger SixTrak
Ok, so this one isn’t exactly a 6×6 as the third axle is effectively a bogie. The SixTrak has a longer load bed (2,450mm), while the gross vehicle weight has increased to 4,495kg and the towing capacity to 4,500kg.
6 – Toyota Land Cruiser 70 6×6 TJM
On the South African plains, the Land Cruiser is King and TJM Accessories latest development is enhancing this image. TJM’s engineers have given the 70-Series an extra Toyota-manufactured axle which also has a rear differential and independently driven by TJM’s own drive system.
5 – Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 6×6 pickup
The Mercedes-Benz G63 6×6 pickup may not be found down at the local cattle auction anytime soon, but there’s no denying its performance or appearance. There is a 30:40:30 torque split when 6×6 mode is activated and there are five electronic differentials which can lock each wheel. Under the bonnet is Merc’s 5.5-litre petrol engine (536bhp/760Nm) which is mated to a 7G Tronic auto transmission.
4 – Iveco Trakker 6×6
While the Iveco Trakker 6×6 isn’t necessarily an aftermarket conversion, they’re seen as ‘special builds’ as plenty of work goes into engineering it once it has left the main production line. The 6×6 Tractor shown above is operated by Lancashire-based Huntapac, which is powered by the 450hp Cursor 13.
3 – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 6×6
Mercedes-Benz and Oberaigner, Germany’s premier 4×4 specialist, have been partnering on projects for decades and one of their most successful partnerships has been with the Sprinter 4×4. However, over the past five years, the companies have joined forces to create the Sprinter 6×6, which has been uprated to a 7t gross vehicle weight to keep the payload above 4t.
2 – Land Rover Defender Flying Hunstman by Kahn
The Flying Huntsman is the product of UK-based Kahn Automobiles and, thanks to its 1,250mm load bed and 1,045kg payload, is VAT-deductible for UK businesses. Based on the Land Rover Defender, the sluggish 2.2-litre Ford Duratorq engine – which also featured in the Transit for many years – has been ditched in favour of a racier 6.2-itre V8 producing 430bhp and 575Nm.
1 – Ford F150 VelociRaptor
Topping our list is the Ford F150 VelociRaptor. Developed by Hennessy Performance, this impressionable beast features 6X6 locking rear axles, upgraded Fox suspension, upgraded 20-inch wheels and off-road tyres, special front and rear bumpers, rollbar and LED lights. Hennessy has also played around with 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine, so it now produces over 600bhp.