Bremach is an Italian company which is around since 1950. The company was initially only a small mechanical workshop, but after twenty years has started to build off road utility vehicles.
At the moment, the Italian manufacture is selling a badass heavy duty truck which received the name of the ultimate predator that has ever lived on the planet Earth, namely the T-Rex.
As the name suggest, the Bremach T-Rex is an unstoppable truck designed to go head to head with the most difficult terrains without breaking a sweat.
The vehicle is mostly sold in Europe, Africa, and Latin America and is offered in a wide range of engines that include natural gas, diesel, gasoline and also electric versions. Moreover, in the near future, there will also be offered a propane powered vehicle. Fortunately the truck will be also available on the North American market with a choice of GM and Cummins engines.
The truck is available in single and double cab configurations and also in two door convertible.
All of these powertrain options are available in a two- or four-door hardtop or a two-door convertible.
Unlike the Unimog which is the closest rival of the Italian predator, the T-Rex has a catchy design which - we dare to say – looks pretty sporty.
The massive wheels and the high ground clearance are a solid proof about the off road abilities of the truck, while the large load area found behind the cab betrays its utilitarian nature.
The front wheels are pushed forward offering very small overhangs to improve the truck’s attack angle.
The T-Rex is the first industrial vehicle which comes with an external skeleton (which is basically a roll cage). The panels do not have any structural function, but only esthetic ones.
When designing the T-Rex, the company engineers used the same principle that can be found at the fighting jets and developed a true cockpit with the dashboard made of steel.
One of the main concerns of the company was the truck’s solidity. As a result the T-Rex is among the most resistant vehicles in its class thanks to the use of an unusual tubular structure. Thanks to this tubular configuration the vehicle’s structure can withstand to more than 5G making it the most resistant vehicle in the class.
This extreme truck is also very practical and has a payload capacity of 3.75 tons (7500 pounds) and a GVWR of 14,000 pounds. Available wheelbases include 102.0, 122.4, and 135.6 inches.
To offer a more comfortable ride for the driver, the steel cab sits on high strength bushings. There are also used a lot of sound absorbing materials which can be found in the doors and floor.
The dashboard features a pretty rudimentary design but despite its spartan configuration it’s fairly practical.
On top of the dash there are four circular air vents which give the interior a touch of sportiness.
The gearlever is mounted ergonomically into the dash and it’s fairly easy to use as it comes easy into hand. But, while the high mounted HVAC controls are easy to use, the other controls which are placed lower are a bit hard to reach as you due to the gear knob location.
You won’t complain about the instrument cluster as it contains all the necessary indicators and the big gauges are fairly easy to read. Furthermore, there is also offered an optional full information screen with backup camera, GPS, video, music, DVD, XM, Internet, weather and other.
The seats come with a wide range of adjustments and also feature proper back support and good side bolstering, being among the most comfortable models you’ll find in this class.
The driving position is higher than usual even if we judge it by truck standards, but the road visibility is nothing short of excellent. We also like the flat bottom of the steering wheel which further enhances the sporty appearance of the cab.
Engines and performance
The Bremach T-Rex is equipped with a turbo diesel common rail EEV 3.0-liter engine. The unit has 16-valves and develops 170hp with a peak torque of 400Nm.
Apart from its generous torque the engine is also environmentally friendly and has obtained the approval EEV (Environmentally-friendly Enhanced Vehicle) without need for SCR. The engine comes with a standard particulate filter.
The USA version gets a 6.0-liter Vortec V-8 which develops 323 horsepower at 4600 rpm and 373 pound-feet of torque at 4400 rpm. There is also offered a Cummins 5.9 liter 24 valve unit which develops between 235hp and 325 with 460 and 610 lbft of torque, respectively.
The electric version is equipped with a permanent magnet DC motor which operates at 114 volts and develops 300 hp. The electric model hits a maximum speed of 65 mph and has a maximum range of 200 mile.
Ride and handling
The truck features an extremely rigid axle with tubular section and reinforced chassis frame. For a proper road stability and capable off road performances, the Bremach T-Rex is equipped with parabolic leaf springs and telescopic double acting shock absorbers.
Despite its high stance, the truck has a low center of gravity which helps it to have good balance regardless of the road conditions.
As it was designed for commercial purposes the Bremach T-Rex has a stiff ride especially when it’s unladen. However, if wanted, the company can soften the leaf springs, thus offering a smoother ride.
As it was expected, the off road abilities of the T-Rex are part of the first class, but despite its go anywhere character the truck is still a half step behind the Mercedes Unimog.
The Bremach T-Rex is without a doubt a very capable workhorse. It features a bullet proof build quality and a fairly spacious cab. Its load bay it’s also pretty practical and the truck comes with generous payload capacitates.
While its off road abilities aren’t in the same league with the Mercedes Unimog, which is the ultimate off roader, the Bremach T-Rex is available in fully electric configuration thus being more versatile than its German rival.
However, all these heavy duty performance, don’t come cheap as the truck has a starting price of $96,000.