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Pit26 turns the Mercedes-AMG G63 into a crew-cab pickup with portal axles
mercedes-benz doesn't offer a pickup variant of the current-generation g-class, but several aftermarket companies have stepped in to fill this void. the latest is california-based pit26, which transforms the suv into a heavily-modified truck with a lifted suspension system. the first example built (pictured in our gallery) started life as an amg-developed g63, though the company notes nothing prevents it from chopping up a g550. regardless of what's under the hood, pit26 cuts the cab right behind the rear seats, extends the frame by 20 inches, and adds a cargo box to create a crew-cab pickup. aftermarket bumpers on both ends and massive wheels add a finishing touch to the look. pit26 dialed in about nine inches of additional ground clearance by installing portal axles and a redesigned suspension system that includes 2.65-inch bilstein shocks. it also replaced the running boards with power-operated side steps to improve the break-over angle. there are no interior modifications to report, and power comes from a stock, g63-sourced 4.0-liter v8 that's twin-turbocharged to 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. it spins the four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission and a two-speed transfer case. the braking system is carried over from the g63, too, though pit26 notes that customers can request more power, beefier brakes, or both. pricing for pit26's g-class-based pickup starts at $385,000, and buyers have numerous customization options to choose from. alternatively, they can wait for the company to release additional custom-built gs, including what's described as a "g63-1000 pre-runner" designed for "hardcore enthusiasts" and a "g63 lux" that will retain several factory parts (including the bumpers) to achieve a more low-key look.