This isn't your typical family crossover, is it? No, the Karlmann King you see pictured here is billed as the world’s most expensive SUV, priced at a whopping $2-million (or around R24-million).
Based on a Ford F-550, the, er, "bravely styled" King was designed by a Chinese company but is assembled in Europe.
Measuring a whopping 5 990 mm long with a wheelbase of 3 691 mm, the Karlmann King tips the scales at 4 500 kg in basic guise and a hefty 6 000 kg in bulletproof form.
Power comes from Ford’s 6,8-litre V10 petrol engine, which sends its (unspecified, but likely hiked from standard) oomph to all four corners via a six-speed automatic transmission. Interestingly, all that money doesn’t buy you speed, with the King topping out at just 140 km/h. We're guessing that's down to its general tubbiness.
Inside, you’ll find separate air-conditioning systems for the front and rear quarters, a coffee machine, private safes, a PlayStation4 system, a fridge and televisions. Air suspension comes standard.
Ryan has spent most of his career in online media, writing about everything from sport to politics and other forms of crime. But his true passion – reignited by a 1971 Austin Mini Mk3 still tucked lifeless in a dark corner of his garage – is of the automotive variety.