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1,300-hp Hercules 6x6 pickup flexes big, bonkers off-road muscles

1,300-hp Hercules 6x6 pickup f...
Rezvani follows up its past sports car and SUV work with a huge, crazy pickup build based on a Jeep Gladiator
Rezvani follows up its past sports car and SUV work with a huge, crazy pickup build based on a Jeep Gladiator
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The Hercules 6x6 gets a full frontal makeover and an LED roof light
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The Hercules 6x6 gets a full frontal makeover and an LED roof light
With up to 1,300 hp on tap, the Hercules won't have any problem spinning its six wheels
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With up to 1,300 hp on tap, the Hercules won't have any problem spinning its six wheels
The Hercules stretches out 244 in, compared to 218 in for the four-door Jeep Gladiator
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The Hercules stretches out 244 in, compared to 219 in for the four-door Jeep Gladiator
The Rezvani Hercules 6x6 in its stormy element
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The Rezvani Hercules 6x6 in its stormy element
Rezvani follows up its past sports car and SUV work with a huge, crazy pickup build based on a Jeep Gladiator
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Rezvani follows up its past sports car and SUV work with a huge, crazy pickup build based on a Jeep Gladiator
The Hercules can operate in two-, four- or six-wheel drive
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The Hercules can operate in two-, four- or six-wheel drive
Those extra wheels look cool in photos, but we'd rather not have them when driving down narrow, unfamiliar trail
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Those extra wheels look cool in photos, but we'd rather not have them when driving down narrow, unfamiliar trail
We're not big on the bronze, but Rezvani does offer other options for wheel and sports bar finishes
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We're not big on the bronze, but Rezvani does offer other options for wheel and sports bar finishes
The Rezvani Hercules 6x6 starts at $225,000 for the 285-hp V6-powered version
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The Rezvani Hercules 6x6 starts at $225,000 for the 285-hp V6-powered version
The dual axles support an 8-foot bed
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The dual axles support an 8-foot bed
Inside, Rezvani blends leather, suede and contrast stitching
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Inside, Rezvani blends leather, suede and contrast stitching
Back seats
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Back seats
At the wheel
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At the wheel
Rezvani promises a refined, planted ride courtesy of its Fox suspension
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Rezvani promises a refined, planted ride courtesy of its Fox suspension
Rezvani Hercules 6x6
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Rezvani Hercules 6x6
It may come in a military edition, but it certainly isn't camouflage
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It may come in a military edition, but it certainly isn't camouflage
We believe that's dust and not smoke from the available smokescreen system
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We believe that's dust and not smoke from the available smokescreen system
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We're not sure any person in history ever looked at the bullet-shielding, smoke-spewing Rezvani Tank XUV (xtreme utility vehicle) and thought it needed just a little more work. But Rezvani has been going that direction anyway, pushing the "xtreme" factor up with a military-grade version and hyper horsepower. Now, it blows the back off the Tank and rebuilds it into the Hercules 6x6, a go-anywhere pickup that makes no attempt at hiding its extra drive axle, capped at the ends by the pinkish hue of bronze-finished wheels.

This particular Hercules owes its existence not to Jupiter but to the badges within Fiat-Chrysler. The truck trades the Jeep Wrangler base of its little brother for the Gladiator before getting the transformative body kit that makes it a Rezvani XUV. Traditionalists might call blasphemy in toying with the ageless face of the Wrangler/Gladiator, but those looking to stand out on the trail should appreciate the thorough disguise.

The Hercules 6x6 gets a full frontal makeover and an LED roof light
The Hercules 6x6 gets a full frontal makeover and an LED roof light

When it comes to power, Rezvani rummages around the Dodge and SRT parts bins to pull out none other than the Dodge Demon's 6.2-liter supercharged V8. Fearing the usual 840 hp would give the 244-in (620-cm) Hercules a complex when standing next to the 1,000-hp Tank X, Rezvani increases the bore and stroke of the engine for 7.0 liters of displacement, adds on a Forged stroker crank and pistons, puts the Demon supercharger back on, and pushes available output well beyond the hypercar threshold to somewhere above 1,300 hp and 989 lb-ft of torque. The engine gets mated to the meaty eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission from the Ram 1500 TRX.

Those that might find running a 1,300-hp engine in their massive six-wheeled truck overkill can opt for three humbler options, including the Gladiator's 285-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or 260-hp 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel. The other choice is SRT's 500-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V8.

Whatever engine the driver chooses, it'll be powering an extra Dana 60 axle. Rezvani extends out the steel ladder frame to accommodate an extra set of wheels below the huge rear arches. Drivers can select from 6x2, 6x4 and 6x6 drive modes, depending upon what's confronting them ahead of the windshield. The build includes air lockers at the axles fed by an air compressor.

The dual axles support an 8-foot bed
The dual axles support an 8-foot bed

The Hercules doesn't follow in the footsteps of the similar Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 in sporting portal axles, but its combination of specially prepared Fox racing suspension and 37-in tires give it plenty of height.

Up above the dual rear axles, Rezvani plants on an 8-foot (2.4-m) bed capable of hauling all kinds of tools and cargo. Buyers can customize the sport bars in various finishes; the bronze here matches the wheels.

The exterior is the real showstopper, but Rezvani also does some work on the interior with Napa leather, custom stitching and suede trim.

Inside, Rezvani blends leather, suede and contrast stitching
Inside, Rezvani blends leather, suede and contrast stitching

The Hercules 6x6 starts at $225,000, something of a bargain compared to the prices of the G63 6x6 or Hennessey Goliath, but we're thinking many buyers sliding into this truck will be upgrading to the $325,000 Military Edition. What good's a blacked-out six-wheel hyper-pickup without bulletproof armor, underbody explosives protection, military run-flats, a survival kit complete with gas masks and a smokescreen-deployment system? And no worries ... the 1,300-hp Demon V8 is an option on the mil-spec version, too.

Source: Rezvani

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4 comments
guzmanchinky
And when it comes across the first turn on the trail outside Rowher Flats (which is right next to this photography location, Vasquez Rocks) it won't be able to make the turn and a stock Wrangler will leave it behind.
buzzclick
For those contemplating the purchase of a multi-million hypercar, forgetaboutit. Save your money and buy this humungous Hercules, and with the money you save, it'll pay for the gas bills for a long time yet. Then you can show up at big events and REALLY impress the crowds with your lard-assed 6X6. It does look cool though, and any little boy will get wide-eyed when he sees this chunkster. As far as the bronze color of the wheels go, I think it's because this "shade" of bronze is too fake. And those angular nerf bars on the sides of the bed are bigger than they need to be.
Bruce H. Anderson
If my lotto numbers line up I would get one, if only to out-do the posers in the office parking lot who drive Raptors.
toni24
Well, it should actually survive my county road better than my 2000 ""Lamb Fluff" Ram 1500 Pickup 4x4. Then again it appears that Fix it again Tony (FIAT) has a hand in it, so possibly not. With it going through 36 front wheel bearings in 8 years, I no longer have the faith in MOPAR that I once had