I wrote about the Dartz Prombron earlier, a Russian Hummer-like vehicle that costs a bomb and one that uses exotic whale penis leather for the owners to sit on and feel kinky while doing so. I also mentioned that Hummer shaped vehicles are now dime a dozen and there are look-a-likes from China and Europe. Here is one I saw at a Defense Exhibition held in Kuala Lumpur recently. The Renault Sherpa 2. It looks very “Hummerish”, if there is such a description.
This Renault is sold under the Renault Trucks Defense, a trading arm within Renault with one hundred years of experience and is derived from Berliet (a French truck manufacturer which Renault bought from Citroen in 1974) and Renault. Renault Trucks Defense is the major supplier to the French army with more than 30 000 military vehicles in operation world-wide. There, some information that may not be so relevant to some of us but beneficial to those who are into this kind of military related stuff, and large trucks.
Anyway, this Renault Sherpa has that Hummer styling written all over it. The differences that I can see is that the bonnet slopes down more here than the Hummer and it has smaller windows. Most probably
the Sherpa has more ballistic (read: bulletproofing) protection than the Hummer. It is powered by a Renault diesel truck engine producing 215bhp which runs through an automatic transmission sending the power to all four wheels. It is still as wide as a Hummer by the way.
The thing about this military Hummer look-a-like is that the build quality is pretty good. The seats have decent padding for soldiers to sit on. The dashboard looks like it is well screwed together and the driver has controls logically placed. I've been in a military Hummer before and I pity the soldiers who have to drive it. The original mil-spec Hummers are really awful. The seats are crap, the fittings are crap, panel gaps and even the doors do not even have decent door cards like on this Renault. This Renault's interior looks like a bespoke interior of a Rolls Royce in comparison.
Well, maybe that's why General Motors are stopping civilian production of the Hummer. Everyone seems to build better versions of it (like the Dartz Prombron as mentioned earlier) even for the military. I wonder if anyone had inquired whether this Renault can be made road legal.