Here's the wildcard of the bunch. As attention-getting as all these massive off-roaders are, you'll get just as much attention bombing down the road in a lifted Subaru Legacy, or in this case, a crazy off-road Mazda MX-5. The formula is simple: raise suspension, add meaty tyres, bolt on a light bar, and have at it. 

Realistically speaking, building a bona fide battle car is probably the only such vehicle on this list that could be within reach of us mere mortals. So go ahead and mount that MG TF body to an old Discovery chassis, or add a few more hockey pucks to lift the body a bit higher on that tired Porsche 924. After all, we're now living in the age of the SUV – who says we can't build our own from the cars we really want to drive?