Lewis Hamilton poses in 'lunatic' Mercedes 6x6 pick-up truck
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Lewis Hamilton ponders new set of wheels
Formula One stars don't often do things by half and Lewis Hamilton is contemplating celebrating his latest win by splashing out on a new set of wheels - six of them to be precise.
Hamilton romped to his seventh win of the season at Monza in the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday and the very next day the reigning champion was pictured alongside a Mercedes G63 AMG.
The six-wheeler off-road pick-up truck, which has a military version currently in use by the Australian army, will set you back an eye-watering $880,000.
The six-wheel drive Mercedes G63 AMG is built to easily navigate difficult terrains. Picture/Mercedes Benz.
' So... Thinking about getting this bad boy. What do you think? #6x6benz #mercedesbenz' the Mercedes driver wrote on Instagram as he was snapped hanging out of the front door of the monstrous truck.
The G63 AMG, the 'lunatic monster utility vehicle' as it is described in an Autocar magazine review, is the second-most expensive Mercedes available to purchase and the largest road legal SUV in the manufacturer's range of vehicles.
The immense double-cab pick-up, which features 37-inch wheels as standard, stands at over two metres in height, nearly six metres in length and is powered by a ferocious twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 engine.
Due to its sheer size, 3775kg kerb weight, the truck only reaches speeds of around 100mph - a fair bit less that the 200mph Hamilton is used to, but it can accelerate to 60mph in less than six seconds thanks to its 536bhp.
Hamilton's victory at Monza left the Brit closing in on back-to-back world titles and moved 53 points ahead of team-mate and closest rival Nico Rosberg with seven races left in the calendar.
His victory, by 25 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, was not without controversy though after it emerged Hamilton was running tyre pressures below the permitted levels.
The stewards made the decision to retain the Brit as the race winner however confounding many rival team bosses who had predicted expulsion for what some saw as a black-and-white illegality.
‘It was the perfect weekend for me,’ he said on the podium, where he was needlessly booed by sections of the partisan crowd. ‘It was special. I am not sure I have had a weekend like this before.’
- Daily Mail