by Tre Baker
Posted 5/29/2008 09:55 am
Updated 4 years ago
While Toyota Priuses and other fuel-efficient automobiles are gaining popularity over the SUVs and Hummers that dominated our roadways for the past 20 years, gas guzzlers are still the fad for professional athletes. Little Rock's very own Joe Johnson has such a ride, toodling around town in a six-door Ford F650 Super Truck XUV.
The former Razorback, who led the Atlanta Hawks to the post-season this year for the first time this century, told Dime Magazine that after seeing a Super Truck owned by Phoenix Suns star Shaquille O'Neal, he was compelled to buy the specialty cruiser. It has front and rear cameras, three flatscreen televisions, a train horn and a seat that folds out into a bed (though judging from the video, we doubt that the 6-7 guard is able to use it much.)
The tank holds 200 gallons of diesel fuel. If Johnson wants to take his Joemobile to the cheapest station according to littlerockgasprices.com, he can fill that tank for the low price of $928 at the Love's truck stop off of the I-40 Galloway exit. If he wants to stick with the station closest to his downtown penthouse, he'll pay $970 at the Broadway Valero in North Little Rock. He'll have to be careful since some of those credit card companies will cut you off after the first $75.
According to this website, the F650 Super Truck package begins at $178,200. That's without most of the options. The Playstation 2 option, for example, will set you back another $400, but you do get a wireless controller.
The mudflaps are a nice touch though we wonder how often this monstrosity gets off-road. Our intrepid covert photographer snapped these photos in the parking lot of Johnson's Little Rock residence. You'd think he'd use the covered parking, but maybe with a ride like this, you want to show it off.