While not so much the case in the U.S., Mercedes-Benz has quite the reputation for building some of the toughest trucks around; what Mercedes is known for world-wide is its high standard of luxury. Two Mongolian businessmen have now contracted Mercedes to make customized, luxed-up versions of the three-pointed star’s Zetros mega-truck.
The Zetros 2733 is a three-axle, six-wheel drive cab chassis popular with the energy supply sector; yes, that’s right six-wheel drive. Powering the specialty Zetroses is a diesel-powered 7.2-liter inline-six pumping out 326 horsepower and an earth-turning 959 pound-feet of torque. Transmission options are either an Allison-sourced six-speed automatic or a hydraulically-shifted nine-speed, using eight forward gears and a crawl gear. Of course, power is sent through three mechanically-locking differentials to all six wheels.
The specially-made versions for the pair of friends out of Ulan-Bator have been given a full once-over — RV-like living space has been added on behind the cab, with the kind of high-end amenities such as heated marble floors, a full galley kitchen, and dining service for eight people. The cab contains a sleeping area, and the living space is split into a living/dining area with the galley, a bathroom, and a bedroom. All of the interior electrics are powered by a diesel generator or by a set of backup batteries, which can be charged by either the generator or a set of solar panels on the roof. Two separate water systems are set up in the vehicle — one for drinking water and one for the toilet and shower.
The two custom-ordered Zetros 6x6s will be used to adventure into the forests and deserts of Mongolia to go fox hunting. They will also be ready just in case the apocalypse comes.