Subscribers and regular visitors to this corner of the internet may remember our piece a little while back about 2- and 3-wheeled vehicles. We’re going to go the other direction today, and look at a couple of 6-wheeled offerings. The reasons for having 6 wheels vary widely, but these guys will turn heads no matter what.
First up is a one-of-a-kind supercar by an Italian carmaker by the name of Covini. It’s an impressive and unique sight to behold, as you can plainly see here:
Calling this one a “supercar” might be a bit of a reach, at least in our book. Its 4.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 does make 380 brake horsepower, which would put my 18-year old Nissan to shame, to be sure. But next to something like a Lambo or a Pagani Zonda, it sounds a bit modest. Only 8 cylinders? And where are the turbos? But then again, this car is a lot more about revolutionary design than revolutionary speed.
So, which wheels do the steering, you might ask? All 6 of them! Just kidding.
The four front wheels all participate in steering the car, but that’s far from the only thing they’re there for. You get more stopping power, with 4 vented Brembo disks up front, plus the added contact area from the extra 2 tires. In addition to that, the car is purported to be safer in rainy conditions, in the sense that it’s less likely to hydroplane, once again on account of the extra tires on the ground. Heat dissipation is also improved, and there’s a lot less to worry about if you blow out one of the front tires, since you’ll still have three left. For those of you following along at home, that’s still one more than you get with pretty much any other car.
We say “pretty much” any other because the folks over at the mad scientist division of Mercedes-Benz have produced a 6-wheeler of their own. The G63 AMG 6x6 is, well, a pickup truck… of sorts.
Basically what happened here is that the conventional Mercedes G-class spent some considerable time in the weight room, and came out with 560 ft-lbs of torque, and of course the extra axle. Unlike the Covini, this one is a (very limited) production model, for those with plenty of disposable cash. You shouldn’t let the military looks of it fool you either- it comes with every luxury and option you can think of, and some you haven’t thought of, such as remotely adjustable tire pressure.
Whether on the track or in the wilderness, 6 wheels may take you places where just 4 would fear to tread.