$2 million Karlmann King is the world’s most expensive and ridiculous SUV


It may look fast, but it can only hit 140 km/h

"Excessive" is not strong enough an adjective to describe the Karlmann King, a six-tonne luxury SUV built by Chinese company IAT. Based on a Ford F-550 heavy-duty pickup truck, the massive SUV is 5,990-mm long, 2,480-mm wide, and 2,480-mm high, with the wheelbase measuring 3,691 mm.

These dimensions render it virtually unusable in the city, but that okay because, much like the similar Rhino GX, it doesn't target city dwellers anyway.


The minimum ground clearance of 300 mm and the approach and departure angles of 30 degrees reveals the Karlmann King's actual purpose in life: to carry its passengers across the desert and other extreme environments in complete luxury. Why else would its makers brag about the fact that it can operate in temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Celsius to 90 degrees Celsius?


The SUV is obviously four-wheel-drive and is powered by Ford's 6.8-liter V10 gasoline engine, which delivers 288-hp in the F-550 truck. Given the size of this thing (it weighs between 4.5 and 6 tonnes), the top speed is in stark contrast with the stealth fighter-inspired design: only 140 km/h (87 mph).

Pricing starts at $2 million, but one can easily double that by delving into the options list, which includes an armored bodywork, satellite TV, satellite phone, and more.


Despite its footprint, the Karlmann King offers four seats as standard, with the rear ones located in a separate lounge-like cabin that features a starry ceiling, mood lighting, a 4K widescreen TV, a refrigerator, a Nespresso machine, a PlayStation 4, private safes, and much more.

For those who need more, the company also offers an even more ridiculous version with six seats and six doors. The total production run is very limited, however: only nine Karlmann King SUVs will be made.

Story references: Karlmann via Carscoops

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