10 Crazy Cars You Can Buy Right Now
These cars aren’t for everybody, but no one’s going to stop you if you’re up to owning any one of themby Kirby, on
What makes a car crazy? I suppose the answers vary depending on who you ask. Others think compact cars are “crazy” in their own definition. Others think exotics are crazy, too. In some ways, this kind of subjectiveness is a critical part of the auto industry’s success. Buyers of all shapes, sizes, and financial income will always gravitate towards certain vehicles and run away from others. That said, there are a handful of unique models today that fall, unequivocally, into the realm of “crazy.” They’re crazy in their unique way, but they’re crazy nevertheless. For better or worse, you can even buy these vehicles today, though there’s a good chance that you’re going to have to work really hard to find them. But if this kind of “crazy” suits you, then, by all means, take the plunge. No one’s here to judge you.
Science fiction told us last century that flying cars should be around by the time the new millennium rolled around. Well, we’ve been waiting for 19 years for that to come to fruition. We’re still no closer to living that Jetsonian life we were led to believe was inevitable, but just because it hasn’t happened yet, it doesn’t mean that we’ll never get to see it. This is where the PAL-V Liberty comes in.
The PAL-V Liberty is a flying car. Yes, a flying car.
It was introduced at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show as a road-ready aircraft — or a flying car, depending on your preference — that actually took more than a decade to develop. In essence, it’s part-car, part-motorcycle, and part-gyrocopter. That versatility allows it to be driven on the road and flown in the skies, following a few obligatory pre-flight checks and a five-minute transformation from car to gyrocopter. On the road, the two-seat, tilting three-wheeler can hit a top speed of 100 mph, and anybody with a driver’s license can actually take it out for a spin. Unfortunately, you’ll need an actual pilot’s license should you want to take-off with the PAL-V. In the event that you do have a pilot’s license, you can fly the PAL-V at speeds of up to 112 mph over a range of around 310 miles. It’s not that big of a difference on the road, but at least you won’t have to contend with traffic from up in the sky. PAL-V has yet to announce pricing for the Liberty and its special edition offspring, the Liberty Pioneer. It did say that all things considered, deliveries will commence sometime in 2020, beginning with the aforementioned Liberty Pioneer special edition.
|Engine:||160 kW flight gasoline engine|
|Top Speed:||112 mph (land and air)|
|Range:||750 miles (land); 220-315 miles (air)|
Check out more details on the Pal-V Pioneer
Technically, Mercedes-AMG — it’s actually Magna Steyr that built it — does not make the G 63 6x6 anymore. Production of the model only lasted from 2013 to 2015 after Mercedes-AMG decided to stop production to maintain its exclusivity. It’s unclear how many models were built — rumor has it Mercedes-AMG managed to sell a little over 100 units of the model — but even with its exclusivity and limited production, the AMG G 63 6x6 stands out as one of the craziest vehicles we’ve seen in recent memory.
The 19-foot AMG G 63 6x6 is the military variant of the legendary Geländewagen but built specifically as a road-legal production model.
We all remember the G 63 6x6 as having six driven wheels on three axles with five differentials. But that’s not all it had, either. It also features a 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine that produced 536 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. Visually, the G 63 6x6 looks nothing like any vehicle you’ll ever see. It might even be more at home in a dystopian future rather than our world today. Either way, the G 63 6x6 defines crazy in so many ways. It’s not available anymore through Mercedes, but don’t lose hope of seeing one in the second-hand market at some point in the future. Just don’t expect it to come cheap as the model sold for over $400,000 back when it was available. Even if you aren’t able to buy one, you can always look at it as the ultimate flex of Mercedes’ ingenuity and off-road capabilities.
|Engine:||5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine|
|Output:||544 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque|
|0 to 60 MPH:||5.4 seconds|
|Top Speed:||100 mph|
Check out more details on the Mercedes-AMG G 63 6x6
By any measurement, the Mercedes-AMG G 63 6x6 counts as one of the craziest cars you can get your hands on. But on the off chance that you’re looking for something that can make the G 63 look like a marshmallow, all you need to do is look up the Devel Sixty. At this point, is there really anything we can say about the Devel Sixty that hasn’t been said about this monolith on four wheels. It looks like a cross between a monster truck and the Mars Rover. T
he body is made completely out of carbon fiber, and it features a military-style six-wheel set with what Devel calls a Central Tire Inflation System.
Basically, the Devel Sixty can change the tire pressure on any of its six tires without having to make the obligatory gas-station stop-over. A 6.75-liter turbodiesel V-8 engine powers the massive Devel Sixty. The powertrain produces a staggering 720 horsepower, which is impressive in itself without me mentioning that there’s an option of doubling that output to a stomach-churning 1,500 horsepower. There’s nothing subtle about the Devel Sixty. It’s all crazy, crazy, and lots more crazy. If you’re still not convinced, look up the video of this monster drag racing a Bentley Flying Spur. The Devel Sixty didn’t just win that race; it obliterated the high-strung Flying Spur without mercy. Interested in one? Well, you’re going to have to fork over $450,000 to have a chance to flex anybody that stands in your way.
|Engine:||6.7-liter twin-turbodiesel V-8 engine|
|Output:||720 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque|
|0 to 60 MPH:||5.8 seconds|
|Top Speed:||93 mph|
Read our full review on the 2018 Devel Sixty
For those people who aren’t satisfied with 6x6 behemoths like the Mercedes-AMG G 63 6x6, I present you with the Avtoros Shaman, an 8x8 creation that defies any and all rational thinking. The Shaman is the kind of car you buy when you have enough money to burn without thinking twice about what you’re buying. On the surface, the Shaman looks like an all-conquering marauder. But in reality, it’s far from one. The interior is surprisingly barren for a vehicle of this size. There are captain seats, sure, but you’d expect something akin to the business class of a commercial plane. Instead, you’re getting the economy section without the peanuts and apples to get you by.
The Shaman isn’t particularly powerful, either. It boasts a diesel engine that produces a putrid 170 horsepower. It can’t go above 44 mph, either.
Fuel economy is, well, a completely foreign concept as the Shaman can only return around 11 mpg, and that’s if it’s not thirsty for diesel. If there is a silver lining to the Shaman, it’s that it has a particularly large stomach, accommodating as much as 68.7 gallons of fuel in one go. That’s 270 liters of diesel that can last 755 miles. Even if you brush off all of these red flags, the Shaman isn’t particularly fun to drive, either. Granted, I’ve never been behind the wheel of one, but we are talking about controlling eight tires sitting on four axles. Imagine the sight of the Shaman trying to turn left or right on a busy intersection. I’d be very surprised if it can do it without the entire scene ending up on YouTube. Oh, and did I mention it costs around $215,000? The only thing crazier than the Avtoros Shaman is the person who ends up buying one.
|Engine:||3.0-liter Iveco F1C turbo four-cylinder engine|
|0 to 60 MPH:||N/A|
|Top Speed:||50 mph|
If it’s an all-terrain vehicle you want, here’s a pretty kooky one for you. It’s called the Sherp ATV, and what it lacks in grace and panache, it more than makes up for in in-your-face, smash-everything-in-its-sight capability.
The Sherp ATV doesn’t look flattering to the eyes, but with those monster tires - each of its tires has a volume of around 800 liters — and hermetic body, the Sherp is the kind of car vehicle that you can take anywhere in the outdoors.
All told, the Sherp’s powertrain unit produces only 44 horsepower. Top speed is rated at just 24.5 mph on land and just 3.7 mph on the water. It’s not particularly fast, and it’s not going to win any vanity awards. But really, crazy is as crazy gets. The Sherp ATV is about as crazy of a ride as you can find in the market today.
|Engine:||1.5-liter turbo diesel engine|
|0 to 60 MPH:||N/A|
|Top Speed:||28 mph (land); 3.7 mph (water)|
The Tramontana XTR is the epitome of crazy. You can look at it a number of different angles, and you’re going to come up with the same conclusion. It looks like a pod racer with a see-through canopy and two seats laid out vertically like the configuration you see in a fighter jet. It’s actually an evolved version of the Tramontana R, which is saying something in it of itself considering how wretched the R looked relative to its successor.
Visual nuttiness aside, the XTR is every bit a freak under all the window dressing. It’s powered by a gargantuan Mercedes twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that spits out 720 horsepower like nobody’s business.
Overall, the XTR weighs only 2,900 pounds, which makes it even more terrifying. Do you think the carbon fiber body is going to protect you from this insanity? Imagine sitting in the passenger seat, leaving your life in the hands of the driver in front of you. If he has a heavy foot, good luck keeping your fluids inside your body. Unfortunately, production of the Tramontana XTR came and went a long time ago. You can’t buy one from Tramontana anymore, but if you’re resourceful enough, you can score one in the used-car market, that is if you have the money to buy one. See, a number of XTR models have popped up on Jameslist in the past. Almost all of them came with a price exceeding the track car’s retail price of around $550,000. You might be better off buying a pair of brand-new Lamborghinis instead.
|Engine:||5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine|
|Output:||720 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque|
|0 to 60 MPH:||3.6 seconds|
|Top Speed:||202 mph|
Read our full review on the Tramontana XTR
Have any of you heard of the Karlmann King? Count your blessings if you haven’t. The Karlmann King is the kind of SUV you buy if there’s no subtle bone in your body. There’s nothing conservative about this monstrosity. It’s inspired by the looks of a stealth bomber so, off the bat, you know that it’s not in this world to exchange pleasantries with anyone. It’s built on the bones of carbon fiber and steel, though if you really want the full Karlmann King experience, carbon fiber and bulletproof materials are definitely the panels-of-choice. In true Jekyll and Hyde fashion, the Karlmann King’s menacing exterior is a far cry from its interior where luxury and refinement were taken to the absolute extreme. Really, Rolls-Royce has nothing on the Karlmann King.
The interior can seat anywhere from four to seven passengers and even with all the occupied space, there’s still room in the cabin for a retractable TV, a refrigerator, pop-out tables, and a coffee machine as if the mere sight of this SUV isn’t enough to jolt life back into your veins.
To keep up with its appearance, the SUV is also powered by a raunchy 6.8-liter V-10 engine. It can only reach a top speed of 87 mph, though, in part because the SUV weighs an absurd 13,000 pounds. The Karlmann King is ridiculous. It also carries a price tag of $2 million. Crazy, right?
|Engine:||6.8-liter twin-turbocharged V-10 engine|
|Output:||360 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque|
|0 to 60 MPH:||N/A|
|Top Speed:||87 mph|
Crazy cars come in all shapes and sizes, and if you thought that only SUVs and trucks can receive the six-wheeler treatment, you obviously haven’t seen the Covini C6W. This model is a sports car with six wheels. It’s a sports car with six wheels. No amount of italic words can do justice to how bonkers the C6W was when it finally arrived 10 years ago. Imagine that the idea of building this six-wheeled sports car began as far back as 1974. A handful of delays scuttled the project, but after almost 40 years of living in automotive purgatory, the C6W finally came to life earlier this decade.
The funny part about the C6W is that outside of the six wheels; it was actually a decent sports car.
It had a solid interior that was neither fancy nor muted. It was powered by an Audi-sourced 4.2-liter V-8 engine that produced 434 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox sent power to the rear wheels, which, in turn, allowed the C6W to hit a top speed of over 185 mph. Those are impressive numbers that you can still attribute to any solid sports car these days. But the C6W is on this list for a reason, or should I say six reasons? In the event that you’ve fallen in love with this piece of work, there is that issue of finding a brand new model these days. Fortunately, even if the C6W isn’t as easy to buy as it once was when Covini offered it earlier this decade, there’s a chance that you can find one in the second-hand market. Just be sure to check everything that needs to be checked about the car before you make that purchase.
|Engine:||4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine|
|Output:||434 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque|
|0 to 60 MPH:||3.4 seconds (estimate)|
|Top Speed:||185 mph|
Read our full review on the Covini C6W
I’m not going to make a list of crazy vehicles you can buy today without at least mentioning one preposterously expensive supercar. I could really have my pick of these exotics because they’re so many of them. But I’m going with one particular niche automaker that has defied our expectations of a boutique exotic. Rimac first burst into the supercar scene with the Concept_One, which gained worldwide notoriety following Richard Hammond’s crash while filming a segment for The Grand Tour. Instead of letting that publicity affect the company negatively, Rimac doubled down with a successor to the Concept_One, called the C_Two.
Here’s what you need to know about the C_Two: it’s the kind of car you drive when you want to dangle your life over the edge of a cliff.
The C_Two is powered by a 120-kWh battery pack and a bevy of electric motors that combine to produce a whopping 1,888 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque. The C_Two can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 1.85 seconds and hit a top speed of 256 mph. It’s far from a gentle beast, I’ll you that much. In addition to its staggering power and performance capabilities, the C-Two can be used for 404 miles before you need to charge its battery again. It also boasts Level 4 autonomy, which seems like showing off at this point. Unlike the Concept_One’s relatively low production volume — only eight units were built — Rimac has set a goal of building 150 units of the C_T20, each priced at $2.1 million. It is with regret, though, to say that all 150 units are accounted for. The good news is that just because they’re accounted for, that doesn’t mean that they’re sold. Who knows, a spot might open up for the Rimac C_Two. If that happens, you better pounce on it before someone else does.
|Engine:||Electric motors; 120 kWh battery pack|
|Output:||1,888 horsepower and 1,696 pound-feet of torque|
|0 to 60 MPH:||1.85 seconds|
|Top Speed:||256 mph|
Read our full review on the 2019 Rimac C_Two
Here’s another case — or two cases — of a crazy exotic that you can (probably) buy if you had stacks and stacks of Benjamins lying around at home. Back in October 2018, Ferrari attended the Paris Motor Show with a pair of models that caught everyone by surprise. Ok, we’re actually shocked more than anything else because the Italian automaker presented a pair of Ferrari 812 Superfast-based speedster models, called the Monza SP1 and SP2.
The SP1 was designed as an uncompromising single-seater while the SP2 is a two-seater, thus allowing a passenger to enjoy the same thrills as the driver.
Both models also featured a handful of slick tech features, not the least of which was the Virtual Wind Shield, which has been incorporated into the fairing ahead of the instrument panel and the steering wheel. Both models also came with long carbon fiber hoods and underneath these hoods sat the same 6.5-liter V-12 of the 812 Superfast, which produced 798 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. While the torque number remains the same, both the SP1 and SP2 benefit from an increase of nine ponies over the actual 812 Superfast. All told, Ferrari claims the two speedsters are capable of sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. As crazy as these two speedsters are, that didn’t persuade eager beavers from scooping up all 499 available units. As such, there’s no way to actually buy either the Monza SP1 or the Monza SP2 unless a spot opens up in Ferrari’s order books. Each unit costs$1.75 million, and quite frankly, I can’t think of a better way to spend that much money on a car that’s going to test my own sensibilities.
|Engine:||6.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine|
|Output:||798 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque|
|0 to 60 MPH:||2.9 seconds|
|Top Speed:||186 mph|