Of course, as a Hummer owner, you are now Officially mourning the loss of your marque, since GM recently annouced that the deal with the Chinese fell through, and they're just going to deep-six it.
Just in time though, along comes Oshkosh with the M-ATV!
Here's a note from CR on it:
The full name for this towering Oshkosh military vehicle is the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) all-terrain vehicle. But its friends call it M-ATV. This one was so fresh from the factory that Major Matthew Opalinski said it still had that “new M-ATV smell.”
Although this hulking vehicle stands about 8.5 feet high and is about 8 feet wide, it was tucked away at the Chicago show in an off-the-beaten-path U.S. Army exhibit. But that’s where the M-ATV is likely most at home.
Specifically designed for the rigors of Afghanistan, it doesn’t look like it would be much fazed by a mere freeway traffic jam, thanks to its 370-hp, 9.3-liter six-cylinder Caterpillar diesel engine and massive 395/85R20 Michelin run-flat tires.
In fact, the M-ATV is hard to stop. It can travel up to 30 mph, even with two “flat” tires and can limb along for at least a kilometer with a 7.62-mm hole in its engine oil system.
The M-ATV seats five people (well, four passengers and a gunner). It can go from 0-30 mph in 12 seconds and has a range of 300 to 400 miles on a single tank of fuel. But with a curb weight of about 25,000 pounds, fuel economy is likely not its forte.
Its off-road prowess is backed up by a TAK-4 independent suspension system that delivers 16 inches of travel along with “smooth off-road ride quality and confident mobility over arduous terrain.” Standard traction control and ABS also pitch in.
Need a little extra light for a beach party? According to Major Opalinski, each of the M-ATV’s headlights cluster together 10 HID bulbs, so you can torch the night with the flick of a button.
Sounds like just the vehicle for towing your AS PanAmerica (especially armoured version, of course) around Afghanistan, as part of your World Tour.
I wonder if they would offer a stainless steel version as part of the rumoured US$500,000 selling price, so that it could be polished to match your TT...?
We don't need no steenken Rolls Royce if we have one of these now, do we?