Apocalypse Manufacturing is not a company that likes to hide in the crowd. Florida-based tuner builds wild-looking six-wheeled off-road vehicles and other improvements designed to change the vehicle’s design. The latest from the company is the new Oculus front grumper which features one large light bar on the front end.
The Apocalypse grille/bumper combination features a single light bar that measures 52 inches long. This is a standout feature of the grumper, and it sits atop a seven-slot grille that sits between a pair of tow hooks positioned low up front. It’s a menacing-looking package reminiscent of the Clone Trooper helmet from Star Wars. The tuner says the LED light bar pumps out 15,000 lumens.
The company has also announced that it is revamping its engine lineup offering for six-wheeled vehicles with the addition of a 6.4-liter V8 offered in the Dodge Charger and Challenger R/T Scat Pack models. The engine produces 485 horsepower (362 kilowatts) and 475 pound-feet (644 Newton-meters) of torque. The new 6.4-liter V8 replaces the Chevrolet-sourced LS3 from the Corvette and joins the 800-hp (596 kW) Hellcat V8 already offered by the company.
The 6.4-liter V8 is compatible with three models based on the Jeep Apocalypse – HellFire, Sinister 6 and Doomsday. Jay Leno got to experience last summer’s HellFire, a heavily modified Jeep Gladiator pickup truck. It featured 40-inch tires, an eight-speed gearbox from the Ram 3500 HD, and the now discontinued LS3 engine. It weighs up to 6,000 pounds (2,721 kilograms).
Earlier this year, the Apocalypse debuted a new six-wheeled model called the Dark Horse, which is a converted Ford Bronco. Upgrades include a revamped face, 4.0-inch (10.16-centimeter) suspension lift, and powertrain tweaks. Apocalypse increased the output of the twin-turbo V6 to 400 hp (298 kW) by installing larger injectors, increasing thrust and installing a new exhaust system. Revised software ensures tweaks operate as designed.
Apocalypse claims to have more than 180 six-wheelers on the road today, and expansion with new engines, new grumpers, and new Bronco models will see that number increase in the years to come.