Rig fit for a Sultan

THE most glamorous and expensive truck ever to roll out of Mack's Australian factory has been handed over to its new royal owner - Malaysia's Sultan of Johor.   The dazzling Super-Liner boasts an array of incredible features, including a luxury leisure deck, gold-thread embroidery and even a golden tiger hood ornament.   Its price tag is a well-kept secret, but it's certainly the highest ever for a Mack truck, easily smashing the previous record of $481,000 for a customised US-built rig.   Sultan Ibrahim Ismail turned to Mack Trucks Australia, based at Wacol in Brisbane, when he decided he needed a new royal rig to transport his private powerboat around Malaysia.   Company vice-president Dean Bestwick flew to Singapore to meet the Sultan in person a year ago and was blown away by the design brief he received.   "The fanciest extra in most Aussie trucks is a microwave or a small fridge," Mr Bestwick said.   "We'd never contemplated the features that have been included in His Majesty's truck.   "This is the most luxurious truck to have been built in Australia and probably the planet."   Custom features include:

  •  A specially-built sleeper unit 80% larger than standard and fully upholstered with imported South African leather
  •  Royal emblems embroidered into the front seats with 72,000 stitches of gold thread
  •  A gold tiger hood ornament specially commissioned from Wallace Bishop
  •  A rear leisure deck complete with sun shades, deck chairs and pull-out barbecue
  •  Solid jarrah timber flooring throughout the cab, sleeper unit and rear leisure deck
  •  A six-camera CCTV system linked to two flatscreen TVs inside the vehicle
  •  Police-standard flashing lights and an ear-popping four air-horns
  •  Programmable strip-lighting built into the full length of the cab and deck flooring
  •  A stone-topped kitchen area including fridge, microwave and grill
  •  Extra-wide Michelin X1 tyres for the smoothest possible ride
  •  A Bose surround sound system and X-Box and PlayStation consoles

  The truck, which boasts 685hp and a top speed of 100kmh, has been painted in the red, white and blue colours of Johor.   Its other special features include external LED lighting, heat and sound insulation, a 5kva generator and fully-ducted air-conditioning system.  

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