Range Rover Tuner Pickup Hauls Tiny Things Fast And Dodges Taxes

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Luxo-tuner Startech has sliced the back off a long wheelbase Range Rover and turned it into a little monster like something between a cereal box toy and Megazord. It's wider and faster than a regular Range Rover, and since it has a "bed" you can reportedly skirt luxury taxes importing it as a commercial vehicle.

Startech, relative of equally-absurd car-decorating outfit Brabus (could you guess?) just pulled the cover off this at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. Output's squeezed up to 526 horsepower, 0-60 is 5.3 seconds, top speed's electronically limited to 155 MPH.

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Those rims are 23" tall and 11" wide, the whole rig is about 3" wider than a regular Range Rover.

The "pickup truck" conversion, which really would have been a lot more useful had they turned more of the SUV into a bed, was executed with 100 new body parts made out of aluminum, carbon fiber and steel. The bed is 43" long; you get about another foot with the (electronically activated!) tailgate down

New C-pillars tie the bed to the rest of the body, and the whole panoramic sunroof is still intact.

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As for the tax thing, I haven't asked the DMV about it yet, but Startech says:

"the pickup concept goes beyond merely offering functional and visual advantages: in many countries of the world luxury cars such as the Range Rover are subject to high import duties and luxury taxes. The conversion to a pickup means that the Startech multi-utility vehicle meets the prerequisites to be registered as a commercial vehicle in many countries, which often eliminates these fees when the vehicle is imported. As a result, despite the elaborate conversion, the exclusive Startech Pickup may be cheaper for owners in such states than a production luxury SUV."

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Thank goodness, because what an inconvenience "import duties and luxury taxes" must be for all the sultans who will be buying six of these for their groundskeepers to use.

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Images via Startech/Brabus


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