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T.I.'s Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van

When rapper-actor-reality star T.I. needs to get gone, he enlists the help of his giant Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van.

Photo by Zach Wolfe

What’s with the van?
When I first came home [from prison], my wife got it for me for my birthday. Right now I’m in the position of not being able to drive, so I figured if I have to sit in the backseat of something, it might as well be something comfortable.

How many people does it carry?
I haven’t tried to pack it full, but seven comfortably, which is useful if the whole family wants to go somewhere, considering I have six kids. My Escalade wouldn’t work. My Benz wouldn’t work. My Maybach wouldn’t work.

Your Ferrari wouldn’t work, either. That’s tough, man.
Nah, the Ferrari definitely would not be the best option.

It must be a pain to parallel-park.
I wouldn’t know. You’d have to ask my driver.

Of course. Is it customized?
I added a footrest on the captain chairs, an iPad dock by the window, and a laptop desk for eating and doing office work. It came with hardwood floors, upgraded seats, and three TVs, including a tailgate TV in the trunk.

Sweet. So you’re starring on Boss this season with Kelsey Grammer. Is he also a car guy?
I don’t think so. Kelsey is a house guy. He has as many houses as I have cars.

From $40,320

Engine: 3.0-liter V-6 (diesel)

Horsepower: 188

0–60 mph: 12.2 seconds

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