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This is how Russia does SUVs, and it’s awesome… and slow…

This is how Russia does SUVs, and it’s awesome… and slow…

Amit Benjamin 1 week ago
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This mental Russian SUV is virtually unstoppable off-road… And it’s ridiculously expensive… And it’s slow…. Say priviet to the Technoimpulse Rocket Z.

This is the Russian-built Technoimpulse Rocket Z. And with its Hyundai-sourced diesel engine making 82 horsepower as standard, and a heady 99 horsepower in its “tuned” avatar, it is slow. But how about this: it does not belie its Tonka Toy appearance with a central driving position and seating for nine people. How crazy is that?

Technoimpulse Rocket Z UAE

Let’s face it, it’s a bit of a big boy’s plaything, but one that can be used on public roads. Actually, according to its makers, it truly shines when you go off the road.

Let’s break it down.

It’s got a 52-degree approach angle, which is better than every production SUV out there; low-range gearbox and locking differentials, meanwhile, ensure nothing stands in the way of where you are and where you want to be, irrespective of the topography.

Technoimpulse Rocket Z UAE

Also, looking at the macho, square-jawed aesthetics you’d think it’s about the size of Ras al-Khaimah. But no. It’s just five-metres long, which puts it on a par with things like the Range Rover and the Land Rover Discovery. Quite an odd one, this.

Technoimpulse Rocket Z UAE

More importantly, there is very little in the way of driver aids, so you better know what you’re doing if you’re planning to take one of these into the great wide open. Although you would be hard-pressed to find willing passengers on your adventures as they would essentially be strapped in basic bench-seats, as you man the cabin solo upfront. Sort of like the McLaren F1, then.

Technoimpulse Rocket Z UAE

But here’s the interesting part: this hunk of off-roading metal comes at a fairly substantial price. Grab a seat because there is no way to sugar coat it – the Technoimpulse Rocket Z costs over AED310,000.

Now here’s the big question: would you blow three hundred large ones on a virtually, unstoppable, albeit painfully slow, real off-roader or head down the well-trodden path and get yourself a Range Rover or a Porsche Cayenne. Answers in the comments box below, please.

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