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Six-wheeled Ram is the stuff of bakkie dreams

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Six-wheeled Ram is the stuff of bakkie dreams

This imposing machine is built to be the ‘undisputed king of the road’

Motoring editor, reporter and presenter
The Hennessey Mammoth is a towering beast.
BLACK BEAUTY The Hennessey Mammoth is a towering beast.
Image: Supplied

Everything is bigger in Texas, they say. This six-wheeler creation from Hennessey is good proof. The high-performance vehicle manufacturer, headquartered in the lone star state, took the wraps off a mad pickup based on a Ram TRX.

Sadly, Ram is not officially marketed in SA — though its parent company Stellantis does have an established local presence. Still, this build offers great fodder for your nap-time bakkie fantasies.

The full title of this brute from Hennessey is the Mammoth 1000 6x6 TRX. No need to measure the dimensions to realise that there is little chance of it fitting comfortably in the average SA parking bay. Thankfully, electronic fold-out steps serve to make entry and egress a lot more dignified.

Power comes from a 6.2-litre Hellcat V8 motor, massaged to produce a whopping 754kW and 1,313Nm. The supercharger system was beefed up, with more robust drive pulleys and belts, as well as an upgrade for the crank damper pin assembly. It gained an enhanced thermostat and spark plugs, high-flow fuel injectors, uprated filtration and recalibrated electronics.

Three axles and six wheels make the Mammoth hugely capable over all terrains.
Three axles and six wheels make the Mammoth hugely capable over all terrains.
Image: Supplied

“Everything we do at Hennessey Performance is turned up to 11, but the Mammoth 1000 6x6 is definitely turned up to 12,” said founder and CEO John Hennessey. “Everything on the Mammoth 6x6 is bigger, badder and more imposing — plus, it’s still superfast, while being a total powerhouse off-road. It’s the undisputed king of the road.”

Of course, the visual effects are as important as what lies under the hood. To that end, the Mammoth has an extensive list of aggressive outward accoutrements. We can start with the wheels: a sizeable 20 inches (78.7cm) in diameter, wrapped in chunky 37-inch tyres. Meaner front and rear bumpers were fitted — they were custom-built. Mammoth badges are littered around the exterior in case passers-by are in doubt as to the exclusivity of this towering truck.

Hennessey claims it will cap production of the vehicle to 12 units per year. It costs a snip under $500,000, or R6.9m at the current exchange rate, which includes the base price of the Ram TRX.



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