In the past years, we’ve seen a number of massive military vehicles that were slightly modified for civilian use. The Knight XV and the Paramount Marauder belong to this bunch along with a few other gigantic machinery. But the slight modifications on them were mostly confined to the removal of the offensive armory. But the new Rhino GX Executive Edition from a company called US Speciality Vehicles takes the modifications to an opulent level.
From the outside, the Rhino GX Executive Edition is as imposing as any other civilian-turned-military vehicle. It measures 6.3 meters in length, 2.67m in width and 2.3m in height. Coloured in military spec Stealth Black, Tactical Green or Desert Sand shades, the Rhino GX is a colossal mass that’s five tons heavy. But unlike others, this weight does not consist of just metal and rubber. That’s where the Rhino GX Executive Edition stands out.
Inside the Rhino GX, there is leather for the seats and upholstery, exotic wood with chrome accents for the panels and a massive sunroof to let light in. A 40-inch TV sits against the seats and it is connected to a KVH TRAC Vision A9 Satellite Receiver. There is an intra-car communication device as the rear is isolated from the front.
To lug around all this mass, Rhino gets either a 6.7-litre turbodiesel V8 or a 6.8-litre V10 petrol engine, and sitting on a medium-duty Ford F-450 chassis. The brakes and suspension bits are all upgraded to handle the extra work.
The price of all this motoring madness is not public but with the US$ 249,000 price tag of the standard Rhino in mind, it will be fair to assume that the GX Executive Edition is going to cost a pretty penny more than that.