We like Hummers for getting through the snow or to pull a boat, but we usually leave the speed records to other GM products like the Corvette. The tuner Geiger seems to have a different view for this brick on wheels and is now offering a supercharger package for the Hummer H3 Alpha. It takes the 5.3-Liter V8 and raised the horsepower from 300 to 423.
Just so drivers have a fighting chance at not killing themselves or others, Geiger also offers six-piston 380x35mm disc brakes. There’s also a suspension pack for extra handling at speed, and Continental Cross Contact rubber to give extra on-road grip to the 4883 lbs. truck.
Have you even wondered how the Hummer of the future will look like? One thing is for sure: it needs to go smaller and to be more fuel efficient. This is why Andrus Ciprian designed the HB concept - an extreme off-road vehicle with almost no front or rear overhangs, and massive wheels and tires for tackling almost any surface.
The Hummer HB features an all-aluminium chassis, with carbon fieber being the main material for the body. It is powered by a V6 engine which is biofuel capable. Power is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.
The HB can be offered in two different versions: one would be equipped with a smaller windscreen split into three sections, and an array of cameras around the vehicle which relay video to screens around the driver and the second one is fitted with a more conventional single frame windscreen and is designed more for the serious off-roader with additional lighting mounted on the roof.
Hummer is preparing three H3 Concepts for the future SEMA Show: H3T Weekend Warrior Concept, Four Wheeler Magazine Project Trailhugger and H3x Concept.
The H3T Weekend Warrior is based on the H3T Alpha and is powered by a 5.3-liter V8 engine that now delivers 370 hp (up from the standard 300hp). The concept is painted in Baja Orange Metallic and features roof-mounted and grille-mounted off-road lamps, a body-color upper grille and custom hood graphics.
The H3 X Concept is painted in Canyon Metallic and features bright roof crossbows; chrome fuel filler door, assist steps and brush guard; body-color grille and spare tire cover; 18-inch wheels and embroidered seat headrests.
The H3 Alpha Four Wheeler Project Trailhugger was developed in association with Four Wheeler Magazine. It is painted in a matte red paint and is equipped with Simulock 16-inch wheels; Gobi Stealth roof rack with a custom, wireless remote-operated perimeter lighting system, Warn XD9000 winch, DeFelice Offroad Innovations winch mount system and Up Armor skid plate.
Wild West is here, in this Hummer H3. Hummer always wants to instill the image of off-road toughness, and what better way to do that then by giving it the "covered wagon" look of wooden wagon wheels. This Hummer is actually an exhibit that will be parked on Old Burlington Road as part of Zoo Art Fair in Central London.
Artist Matthew Harrison used the wooden wheels to create a sculpture that he says is a mixture of art, engineering and motoring. To our untrained eye, we’ll just consider it very old school.
Hummer doesn’t seem like the likely candidate for General Motors to invest in a new model. After all, gas prices are still high, and it’s no secret that the Hummer brand is for sale. But a new model, a smaller one, looks to be in the works. This smaller model may entice companies to buy the brand. According to Automobile Magazine Hummer is considering something similar to the HX Concept. To be called H4, the new model would arrive around 2012 and give Hummer a direct competitor to the Jeep Wrangler.
The HX Concept is powered by a E85 FlexFuel 3.6L SIDI V6 engine mated to a six speed automatic transmission.
From the ’Better Late Than Never’ file, Hummer unveiled today a version of the H2 that runs on E85 ethanol fuel. The car brand known for being a fuel hog is getting greener. The H2 can actually run solely on E85 ethanol, gasoline or any combination of the two fuels. Other GM flex-fuel vehicles currently on the road are only able to run up to 85 percent ethanol (E85).
The latest developments that have enabled the H2 to run on E85 ethanol are being carried on to other vehicles in the Hummer line. The H3 will become E85 capable later in 2009. A four-cylinder turbo diesel engine is also being developed for the H3.
One of the largest Hummer dealerships is about to close its doors forever. The only dealership to service the Las Vegas area will be at least the eighth Hummer dealer closing this year. This closing just compounds the problem General Motors is having selling the large SUV brand.
This closing is notable because of where it is taking place, and who is pulling the plug. The dealership was featured on the A&E reality TV show "King of Cars", where the Hummer sales were a hallmark of the dealership’s flashy image. Dealership owner Dan Towbin once said that Las Vegas is a custom fit for Hummer, “It’s all about bling and it’s in the desert”
To replace one trendy brand with another, the Las Vegas dealership will soon sell Smart models.
Mahindra is an Indian carmaker that first gained attention by building Jeeps for the home market. Now they may be interested in moving on to the next generation of American military vehicles by buying the Hummer brand. This may seem like an odd move during a time when high fuel prices are causing large SUVs to grow stale on dealer lots, but Mahindra may be looking at Hummer for part of a bigger plan.
It’s no secret that General Motors wants to get rid of Hummer, and Mahindra may utilize its name and products to help bring it’s own cars to the U.S. Its rumored that the company is developing a network of around 300 dealerships across the U.S. to sell Mahindra vehicles, with a $125,000 fee being asked from dealerships to become franchisees.
Sometimes, having too much money can harm people’s mind and desires, what can be a total kitsch for us can be a luxury for them. It is the case of an arabian from Dubai who recently got rich and and decided that if Bentley wouldn’t make a SUV line than he can invent one just for himself.
He could have chosen for a Range Rover, a Q7 or a VW Touareg V10 TDI but he wanted to invent his own SUV and so he embodied a Bentley in a Hummer. It looks really bad and hurts the eyes when looking at it, it is of totally bad taste but this is the result of too much money and no sense for beautiful.
Renault reveals its Sherpa in two new versions. The Sherpa concept, claimed as the French equivalent of the American Hummer, was developed as a light 4x4 military truck dedicated to projection and intervention units. The new versions aim to achieve popularity also through the civilian market where the Hummer is pretty famous.
The Sherpa 2 provides in one version 4 seats for passengers, offering a payload of 2 to 3 tons and the Sherpa 3 is a two-seater pick-up featuring 10’ flat bed supporting a total payload of 4.1 tons. Both models get a Euro 4 turbocharged 4-cylinder diesel engine capable of 215 HP at 2,300rmp. The truck can reach a top speed of 120 km/h on a flat road surface while its autonomy at a cruising speed of 70 km/h is 900km.