Russia’s crazy new Sherp ATV

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Do you ever wish that the Tonka trucks you played with as a child could actually be driven for real? Well, the new Russian-built Sherp ATV is probably the closest you’ll ever get to doing just that.

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The Sherp ATV is equipped with severely-oversized self-inflating tires which actually sit proud of the small two-seater cabin, resulting in one of the strangest looking vehicles we’ve ever seen. But there’s a good reason why the Sherp looks like this. You see, the Sherp has been designed to take whatever you can throw at it; whether its climbing obstacles as high as 700mm (27.5 inches), skipping across loose surfaces such as mud or sand, even across water.

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That’s right the Sherp ATV floats and can achieve speeds of up to 6.5kph (4mph) whilst doing so. It isn’t much faster on land, with a top speed of just 45kph (28mph), but we’re pretty confident almost nothing could stop this thing. Relentless is a word which springs to mind. It has a 56L (15 gallon) fuel tank that feeds a 33kW (44.3hp) Kubota V1505 four-cylinder diesel engine.

The Sherp ATV is available in ‘Standard’ and ‘Plus’ configurations, kicking off at roughly US$47,000.

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