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An Urban Assault Vehicle with Style

The revamped Hummer is Rambo on the outside and James Bond on the inside.

Regardless of the consumer often speaking volumes with their purchasing habits, sometimes the transportation sector just can’t let a brand die. One example is the number of owners who have continually tried to re-vamp the Indian Motorcycle line. Another entering a similar realm is the Hummer.

Initially developed by Indiana-based AM General for the Army in 1983 as High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles, or Humvees, the company began working with General Motors to supply an H1 model for consumer use in 1992. The one-two punch of a recession and rising gas prices led to GM ending production in 2006.

AM General continued supplying the vehicles for the Army. And now Detroit-based Mil-Spec Automotive has picked up the H1 gauntlet in the form of the Launch Edition Hummer, which they refer to as a re-envisioned version of the AM General H1.

The new model features a number of exterior features that would make any action movie star from the late 80s and early 90s proud, including a wider body, 20” wheels, overhead light bar, 12,000-pound capacity winch and a hardened aerospace-grade aluminum body.

It also carries a modified GM Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8 engine tuned to produce 500 horsepower and 1,000 foot-pounds of torque. And it will need every bit of that power to get the 7,000+-pound vehicle to its electronically-limited top speed of 96 mph.

That rough exterior is combined with a James Bond-esque leather interior featuring sound deadening materials and air-suspended seats with heating, cooling and massage functions. There’s also a heated windshield, backup camera, dual USB connections and even four spun-metal cup holders.

And while it’s built for off-road adventures, an air-suspension system means it won’t feel like it.

This latest edition of the Hummer, which is built-to-order in Wichita, Kansas, can be configured in a number of styles, and ranges in price from $219,000 to $290,000, depending on options.  

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