When a Ford Ranger Raptor just won’t cut it, there’s always the Rezvani Hercules 6×6. Available with a 1,300hp engine, six-wheel drive and security systems to make the military weep, the Hercules is possibly the most extreme pickup truck to ever hit the road.
The humble Jeep Wrangler is the starting point for the Hercules, which Californian coachbuilders Rezvani then dismantle, upgrade, adjust, stretch, toughen and rebuild everything until there are no recognisable parts left.
Designed, amazingly, to be a daily driver, the Hercules 6×6 was inspired by the look of some of the world’s most recognizable military vehicles, but designed for civilian use.
That means there’s an aggressive grille, metal bumper, broad shoulders, and sculpted tailgate providing styling elements as though, according to Rezvani, Hercules is wearing armour.
A sculptured metal sports bar is standard over the 2.37m load bed, available in several finishes including a distinctive bronze. The wheels can also be finished in the same bronze colour, while a roof-mounted LED light bar adds another important design element.
Rezvani Hercules 6×6: Power and Drivetrain
Under that dramatic bonnet lies a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine. If its 285hp isn’t enough, then there’s a 6.4-litre V8 unit with 500hp available as an option. And, on the off-chance that 500hp still isn’t enough, Rezvani can be persuaded to install a 7.0-litre Dodge Demon engine.
Tuned by Rezvani, with a forged stroker crank, forged pistons, camshaft, and a Demon supercharger, the finished unit produces an incredible 1,300hp. to deliver over 1,300 horsepower and scarcely believable 1,340Nm of torque. If you have a mountain that needs moving, the Hercules 6×6 might just be up to the job.
All that power goes through an on-demand six-wheel-drive system that is standard across the range, and switchable between two, four or six-wheel drive.
Rezvani Hercules 6×6: Luxury Interior
It’s not going to be a surprise that there’s a luxurious interior in the Hercules. The cabin is finished with a custom-stitched Nappa leather, with leather seats and a suede headliner.
That provides comfort and or all, but it’s balanced by enough technology to keep users happy. A 9.0-inch infotainment screen houses Apple CarPlay, as well as providing access to features like Google Maps navigation, Pandora music streaming, Stitcher, and a suite of apps optimized for use on and off-road.
Of course, each element is customisable, including seat style, stitching, custom interior lighting, and even the colour of the instrument gauge cluster.
Rezvani Hercules 6×6: On and off the Road
With a rugged exterior that shouts about its off-road prowess, you’d hope that the Hercules 6×6 can make it farther than a school playing field. Fortunately, Rezvani promises that the Hercules features serious off-road capability, backed by 37-inch tyres, Fox racing suspension, a Dana 60 axle set with air lockers, and an air compressor.
With selectable six-wheel drive, traction shouldn’t be a problem, while Fox suspension will provide plenty of articulation. The 3.5-metre wheelbase might impact performance a little, however – that’s almost half a metre more than the wheelbase on a Toyota Hilux.
It should provide a relaxed ride quality on the road, though. Extensive development was done on the suspension to make it one of the most planted and comfortable rugged trucks on the market, providing a balance between it’s brutal, muscular character yet leaving it comfortable enough and practical enough to be a daily driver in the city.
Rezvani doesn’t mention which city, though. At 6.2 metres in length, and being 2.3 metres wide and 2.0 metres tall, we’re going out on a limb and suggesting it doesn’t mean Cambridge, York, or even London.
Rezvani Hercules 6×6: Military Version
If the regular Hercules 6×6 just isn’t enough for you, civilian buyers will be able to order the Military version. Fundamentally the same as the regular truck, the Military model adds some interesting extra equipment that could keep you safe if you’re a world leader, international business mogul, or a little bit nervous.
Kevlar armour, underside explosive protection, bulletproof glass, military-grade run-flat tyres and gas masks will keep you safe when all else fails. Before that, you’re afforded the opportunity to avoid attack thanks to FLIR thermal vision, night vision, sirens and smoke screens, blinding lights front and rear, and reinforcements around the truck.
Amazingly, there’s even electromagnetic pulse protection, electrified door handles and continuous video surveillance. Just the thing for a visit to Waitrose during lockdown.
Rezvani Hercules 6×6: Pricing and Availability
Prices start at $225,000 (around £175,000) and start rising very quickly from there. That gets you the Hercules 6×6 with the 3.6-litre V6 engine, with an upgrade to the more powerful 6.4-litre engine adding $40,000 (£30,000) to the price tag.
The headline-grabbing 1,300hp 7.0-litre model doubles the price, with the upgrade costing an additional $249,000 (£190,000).
With trim choices stretching to the interior, audio system, lighting, suspension, brakes, winches, and so much more, it’s possible to nudge the heady heights of $600,000 (£450,000) if you let yourself loose on the options list.
The Hercules 6×6 Military starts at $325,000 (£250,000).
Impressively, right-hand drive versions of both are available for an additional $6,500 (£5,000), although you’ll face both import duty and VAT bills to pay on arrival in the UK.
“The focus of the new Hercules 6×6 was to be athletic in design and stance, have a refined ride and suspension, be the right size to be easily used as a daily driver, have a luxurious interior, and push the envelope in what a 6 wheeled truck can be,” said CEO Ferris Rezvani.
“The new Hercules 6×6 is easily the toughest and most powerful production truck in the world.”