What Is the Most Extreme Off-Roading Vehicle?

by Gabrielle DeSantis

Off-road driving is a favorite pastime for many Americans and drivers all over the world. Almost nothing can beat the thrill that off-roading can provide, especially when done in one of the toughest and most rugged off-roading vehicles in the world. Learn about three of the most extreme off-roading vehicles below.

Sherp ATV

The Sherp ATV amphibious vehicle model | Dennis Porter/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

The Sherp ATV is one impressive off-roading vehicle “originally designed to work in Siberia under the most extreme off-road conditions,” according to the Sherp website. This amphibious vehicle comes with huge 800-liter volume tires and an impressive displacement capacity of over 7,000 pounds. This means the vehicle can get traction on any surface, and it can even float on water.

In fact, the ATV body is hermetically sealed, so the vehicle can still float and keep passengers dry even if the tires deflate or fall off altogether. This ATV features a Kubota low-consumption diesel engine that can produce over 44 horsepower and 87 lb-ft of torque, giving you the chance to drive over sand, snow, swamps and any other terrain you can think of.

Perhaps one of the best aspects of this ATV is that it has a maximum passenger capacity of nine, giving you and your family or a group of friends the chance to get out and explore all that the world has to offer in this unique, Russian-made vehicle. 

Burlak 6×6

Carbuzz reports that the Burlak 6×6 comes equipped with six massive vehicles and a heavily insulated interior because it was designed for driving in the North Pole. This incredible vehicle can handle snow, ice, and water like nobody’s business, thanks to its Cummins engine that generates 150 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque.

The designers anticipated all harsh elements and opted to make the engine accessible from the inside to be serviced without stepping outside into the snow, ice, or whatever else. This massive truck can also float, and it even has a propeller on the outside to allow for more concentrated movement in the water. So, if you’re ready to tackle the North Pole, get nine of your closest friends into this bad boy, and don’t even worry about food or bathing, as the truck has a kitchen and shower built right in.

Peugeot 208 WRX

The Peugeot 208 WRX was driven by Sebastien Loeb, a nine-time World Rallycross Champion from France, in 2018. This menacing vehicle can produce up to 560 horsepower and over 620 lb-ft of torque. As far as acceleration goes, it and can go from 0 to 100km/hour in under 2 seconds, according to Red Bull.

However, this car isn’t just fast, as Rallycross doesn’t just involve driving around pavement in a circle. These courses are rough and require capable off-roading vehicles and experienced drivers to navigate safely and quickly. Fortunately, the Peugeot 208 WRX can handle dirt, snow, ice, and whatever else it may face on the course. However, Nicholas Gueranger, the Peugeot Sports Project Manager for this vehicle, remarked that “it’s a very difficult car to drive.”

This car also comes equipped with 300mm of suspension, which allows it to maneuver jumps and bumps with grace. According to Wheels, the tailpipe was also specifically engineered to handle a beating, as savvy competitors like to damage the competition’s exhaust to make them lose significant amounts of power. This vehicle’s tailpipe is mounted on a damper, and it swings out of line when hit or touched before returning to its original position. 

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