The immediate-lived Mercedes X-Class receive-up truck wasn’t much of a Merc the least bit. It used to be constructed at a Nissan factory in Barcelona the utilization of Navara underpinnings, with a apt chunk of the twin carriageway-up adopting engines from the Jap producer.
You can on the least lift one (for a immediate interval) with a 3.0-litre Mercedes diesel V6, but that used to be as involving because it obtained. Decrying the lack of a “moral” engine within the receive-up, a chap in South Africa called Quentin Boylan made up our minds to ranking something about it. His starting level wasn’t the mediocre X-Class, moderately the tried and examined, sizable-real Toyota Hilux.
The expend of the fair recently facelifted Hilux, Boylan added a 6.2-litre ‘M156’ naturally-aspirated V8, AMG’s first ground-up developed engine that seen carrier in a tall selection of autos alongside with the W204 C63 and the legendary CLK 63 Dusky Sequence.
The rumbly so-and-so runs off a MoTeC M150 engine management system and powers the rear wheels by blueprint of a Toyota automatic gearbox which joined by a custom adaptor. The Hilux sits noticeably decrease than sooner than on unusual wheels with an AMGish behold, and under the entrance rims, you’ll stare AMG-sourced brakes.
Boylan’s additionally added AMG 6.3 badges to the doors, which most other folks undoubtedly write off as an sick-knowledgeable eBay delight in. Except, of direction, they hear it pulling away. Correct lord does it sound apt.
The internal’s had a makeover too, now featuring bespoke AMG lookalike seats with some trim quilting. The total project had a huge emphasis on useability – here’s Boylan’s day after day driver.
The most bonkers factor about all here’s that Boylan has made an AMG’d Hilux sooner than, the utilization of the pre-replace eight-gen model of the receive-up. Plus, that one had a handbook gearbox, even though he admits it used to be “gross” to force with that transmission.
Like his most modern V8-reworked Hilux, it used to be archaic for towing spherical about a of the particular person’s other projects, one in every of which is an AMG V8-engined Lotus Exige. Now Lotus has published the Emira with its AMG inline-four probability, it looks Boylan used to be sooner than the curve.