The Karlmann King Is The World’s Most Expensive SUV At $2.8M
— Updated on 12 March 2020

The Karlmann King Is The World’s Most Expensive SUV At $2.8M

— Updated on 12 March 2020
John McMahon
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John McMahon

This thing is a monstrosity in more ways than one.

From the outside, the Karlmann King may as well be a Decepticon. Only 12 of these super heavy, super luxe beasts will be available worldwide, understandably so as the price fluctuates around the ludicrous $2.2 million USD ($2.85 million AUD) mark.

The somewhat frightening and slightly hideous vehicle is a product of Chinese firm IAT Automobile Technology and was built by a team of 1,800 people across Europe. Based on Ford’s F-550 platform, the 4.5 tonne rock (it’s heavy AF) can be bulletproofed for an additional fee and an extra 1.5 tonnes, taking it to a whopping 6-tonne curb weight, which will likely leave an indent in the concrete should it sit at the traffic lights for too long.

Built from predominantly carbon-fiber and steel, the panel shapes are akin to a stealth fighter-bomber, the entire SUV clocking in at a massive 6 metres in length.

Let’s be honest here, this car is borderline painful to look at. Inside, however, is why it has earnt itself a start on Boss Hunting. Customers are privy to an entirely bespoke interior design, with all of the car’s secret spy gadgets controllable from the passenger’s smartphone. The highlights include Hi-Fi sound, an ultra-HD 4K television set and private safe box, all set under an ambient LED night sky lighting similar to a Rolls-Royce.

The Karlmann King was released last year and is marketed presumably to those in low places with even deeper pockets. You’d have to have a lot of enemies to take the luxury out of a Phantom VIII and put it in a tank.

Swipe through the gallery below to sample the possibly interior colourways.

John McMahon
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John McMahon is a founding member of the Boss Hunting team who honed his craft by managing content across website and social. Now, he's the publication's General Manager and specialises in bringing brands to life on the platform.

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