Dartz is the Latvian based company that creates one of a kind ultra luxurious SUV’s. They’re responsible for creating those gaudy solid gold vehicles used in the Hollywood film The Dictator. There is no limit to what they will do for their customers. They recently announced they had a new model called the Black Alligator and it’s so bespoke, with such a wide variety of options, that it’s almost as if you hold the power of designing the vehicle yourself. And to make it even more exclusive and sought after, you can’t use money to buy one.
I realize that sounds ridiculous, and I should probably say you can’t use traditional forms of money to purchase one of these crazy rigs. Rumors are flying around the automotive world stating that the only way you can purchase one of the Black Alligator models is by using Bitcoin or Ethereum.
Dartz has been tight-lipped on the details of the new Black Alligator, but here’s what we know so far. It’s based on the Mercedes AMG GLS 63, which is the full-size Mercedes SUV. It’ll feature a new body that is made of a mixture of carbon fiber and Kevlar. And like other Dartz models you have the option of making it fully bulletproof just in case you’re in need of “absolute protection.” And apparently, there are numerous levels of bulletproofing that range from standard handguns and assault rifles, all the way to some serious military grade protection against things that pack a bigger punch.
What really caught my eye with this new Black Alligator is the powertrain options. Since it’s based on the AMG GLS 63 it’ll have the 5.5L twin turbo V8 that was hand built by the talented engineers at AMG. In standard form, it’s rated at 577hp and 561 lb-ft of torque, but this is Dartz so “standard” isn’t going to cut it. They will be offering the option of delivering your new Black Alligator with anywhere from 700hp to a staggering 1,600hp and 1,100lb-ft of torque depending on customer preference. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to have an SUV with that much power and have it be used as somewhat of a daily driver.
The interior of the Black Alligator is said to be as extravagant as the exterior and power option, if not more. As the name implies, there is plenty of alligator skin trim throughout, but there’s also the option of rare, and slightly obnoxious materials like ostrich, python, and stingray. That’s right, stingray. Who knew the skin of a stingray was even in the realm of possibilities. I’ve never touched one, but I have to assume is smooth and slimy so how it would look and feel once it was prepared is obviously something that only the world’s wealthiest people have experienced.
In regards to the price of this one of a kind machine, it’s one of those situations where if you have to ask you can’t afford it. No exact numbers were listed, but even the base model in it’s simplest form won’t be cheap and that’s sort of the point. Dartz makes vehicles specifically for the people that don’t go into a regular dealership to buy a vehicle. Instead, they build vehicles for people that are looking for something completely out of the ordinary because they probably already have everything else. We should start seeing more pictures and video of the new Black Alligator as it was recently debuted during the Gumball 3000 road rally. And if you’re lucky enough to be in the market for one of these bespoke vehicles, you better make sure you have your bitcoins ready.