This Tactical Vehicle is Street Legal and Very Mean
For years, there’s been an arms race. But we’re not talking about a quest for weapons. No, this arms race has been a quest for cool, and it’s taking place in suburbia. What’s the coolest, toughest truck you can park in your driveway? If you thought a civilian-spec Hummer H1 was top dog, think again. This is the Terradyne Gurkha RPV. It’s based on the Ford F550 commercial truck platform and has been implemented in military and law enforcement applications for a number of years. However, Canadian-based Terradyne recently began offering its armored brute to civilian owners, meaning some of these sinister street-legal tactical vehicles may be prowling a thoroughfare near you. Watch out Hummers. RELATED: See More Photos of the Terradyne Gurkha Civilian Edition
Make no mistake, the Gurkha hasn’t lost any toughness during its civilian transformation. Rather, it provides everyday usability. The projectile-deterring body armor has been lightened to allow for better maneuverability and fuel economy, while the suspension features off-road proven Fox shocks. A VIP package can be added, as can a front winch, trailer hitch, light bars, and GPS systems.
Looks familiar? Perhaps you saw one of the military-spec Terradyne Gurkhas in Fast Five with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson behind the wheel.
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Underneath the Gurkha’s armored skin is a 6.7-liter turbodiesel V8, producing 300 horsepower and 660 lb-ft of torque. It's mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, drives a two-speed shift-on-the-fly 4x4 transfer case, and turns massive Continental MPT 81 tires. All the better for tackling literally any conceivable scenario.
Looking for an armored daily driver? Perhaps keep the Terradyne Gurkha RPV Civilian Edition on your test drive list.
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