Unveiled in Shanghai. It’s official. There’s not enough luxury pickups in the world. Mercedes-Benz is thankfully doing something about it, and now German tuning house Startech has created what it’s calling “one of the world’s most exclusive pickups.” Set to be unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show, the Brabus subsidiary has converted a Range Rover into a pickup, a feat that required the design and manufacture of more than 100 body pieces. The interior still sports five seats and Startech insists cabin space has not been compromised.
The main change is at the back where a new rear bulkhead with heated tinted rear window has been fitted. The roof has been shortened and the C-pillars redesigned to accommodate the pickup bed, but the panoramic sunroof has been retained in full. A whopping 110 cm of loading length is offered with the remote-controlled tailgate closed, expanding by 60 cm when opened. Startech is quick to assure its Arab clientele that the pickup bed is ideal “for transporting a securely fastened cage that holds their falcons for the hunt.” Which is a relief.
Other mods made to the Range Rover include a carbon-fiber widebody kit, a set of 23-inch rims, a suspension module that drops the lux ute by 30 mm, a bespoke twin exhaust, and an interior restyled using leather, Alcantara and carbon fiber. Power comes from a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 rated at 526 hp, which is enough to send the Range Rover pickup from 0-62 mph in 5.3 seconds.