Within the next year, electric pickups are about to completely change the American pickup market. Ford has already introduced the F-150 Lightning, GMC is selling its 1000 horsepower Hummer and Tesla will finally make the Cybertruck in 2023 before mass production commences next year. The latter was supposed to be this hot new thing, a cross between a DeLorean and a pickup, and we suspect 6×6 conversions will happen.
That’s right a Tesla Cybertruck 6×6 will happen, not from Elon Musk’s company, but thanks to a variety of automotive shops which are incentives to sell these expensive conversions. Why? Well, because it’s cool and it makes sense… at least more sense than an F-150 Raptor.
People are adding extra axles to their trucks just to show off. It doesn’t make them better off-roaders, but it can more than double the price of the vehicle while making it extremely heavy. Even with 1000-horsepower supercharged V8s, these monsters are slow.
And that’s where the Cybertruck comes in. Tesla promised its steel wedge will have a 0 to 60 time between about 6.5 seconds for a base model and 2.9 seconds on the tri-motor AWD version. They even showed it drag racing a Porsche 911. So even if you add an extra axle, a Cybertruck 6×6 is going to be quick, potentially the quickest of its kind.
Rostislav’s digital Cybertruck 6×6 Concept
There will be many challenges in converting the Cybertruck to a 6-wheeler. However, doing so in the digital world is child’s play for the famous Czech rendering artist Rostislav Prokop, who was commissioned on this task by Hotcars magazine.
And he basically went wild. The body has been extended by about three feet, thus accommodating an extra axle. In the real world, that would require all-new metal and glass because of the unusual unibody design.
Also, Rostislav designed geometric fender flares in the stealth fighter look and filled them with wheels that mirror Tesla’s design but are bigger.
There are numerous other changes that appear to lean into the Cyberpunk 2077 fantasy. A strange copper-colored roof rack travels the length of the body while the bumpers have been better designed to… bump things. The artist also chose to redesign the headlights and gave the rear an attractive wrap-around LED bar.
Who could make a Cyberpunk 6×6
The major challenges are in the powertrain department because you’d need a new type of powertrain control module to add another set of motors at the back, or maybe engineer a gearbox to send power from the existing motors to dual rear axles. You’d also need to design a new air suspension system.
We figure something like this might cost at least $500,000 to develop and build if it can even be done. Remember, the Cybertruck has unique 300 series stainless steel construction. No paint, and supposedly bulletproof. What’s more, the base model is supposed to start at just $39,900, so how can you justify a version that costs over 10 times more?
The list of companies that can make a 6×6 is pretty long and obviously needs to start with Hennessey. The company is world-famous for tuning F-150 Raptors, which it’s been doing for over a decade. They also have very successful conversions like the Goliath 6×6, based on the Chevy Silverado, and the Mammoth 6×6, derived from the Ram TRX.
The list in question should also include SoFlo Custom/South Florida Jeeps, which are excellent at modifying Gladiators, but also Rams and even the Bronco. Of course, Mercedes needs to be mentioned as well. Without their G63 6×6 costing $1 million, this crazy market might not have taken off.