If you ever wanted an SUV that could handle the zombie apocalypse, then Avtoros has the vehicle for you.
This is the Avtoros Shaman. It may look like a Land Rover Defender on steroids, but it’s so much more than that. In fact, it could just be the greatest toy in the world.
The Shaman is a Russian creation intended for low-speed off-roading. It features a four-cylinder 3.0-liter diesel engine built by Italian commercial vehicle maker IVECO, a six-speed manual transmission, and of course, eight-wheel drive.
Each of its eight wheels drive and steer, giving it the tenacity to belittle any SUV you care to name, and the agility to trivialise its 6.3-metre length and 4.8-tonne kerbweight.
It’s not very fast, with the 146 hp diesel motivating it to a top speed of just 44 mph, but it’s virtually unstoppable off-road. It can even navigate deep water at a speed of 1.2 mph and travel sideways thanks to eight-wheel steering – something Avotoros calls ‘Crab Mode’.
You can watch LeBlanc sample the Shaman’s off-road capabilities and give us a tour of its military-grade interior (which even includes a McLaren F1-style central driving position).