Say what you will about Russia, but folks from that country are absolute pros when it comes to constructing beastly ATVs and other off-road vehicles. Take Sherp, for example. Founded by Alexei Garagashyan, the manufacturer has been producing ATVs, UTVs, and XTVs since 2012. Basically, there's no terrain that a Sherp-engineered vehicle can't conquer. In 2015, the Russian company added an amphibious all-terrain vehicle to its lineup, and if Sherp had a flagship off-roader to tout, this would probably be it.
Matt Farah, the host of The Smoking Tire, got to take a spin in Sherp's amphibious ATV for a Road and Track review, and let's just say that this thing is unlike anything you've ever seen before.
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As you can see from the above test drive, the off-road beast known as the Sherp ATV was meant to conquer just about any terrain. With a top speed of 30 MPH on land and around 5 MPH on water, the Sherp ATV is working with monstrous 63?x 25? tires that make it unstoppable pretty much wherever it goes. Those low pressure tires, inflated by the Sherp's 44-hp, 1.4-liter Kubota-v1505 turbodiesel, ensure the Sherp is one of the most versatile rides on four wheels.
This thing is STRONG too, with a high-strength steel hull as well as a reinforced roll structure and a thick skid plate underneath. Not to mention, with the dual heating system, battery bank, and 17.7-gallon fuel tank, you could stay out in the wilderness for a decently long time. I mean, this thing is really more of a souped-up camper than a typical ATV.
The Sherp ATV's maximum power and all-terrain prowess has led to appearances on such shows as Top Gear, Diesel Brothers, and Daily Planet. Could you imagine getting behind the wheel of one of these bad boys? It does cost around $120,000 though, so it's definitely not cheap.
I guess one can only dream...
This post was originally published on November 20, 2019.