Arnold Schwarzenegger's new ride, a Mercedes-Benz UnimogEnlarge Photo
Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t the kind of guy to drive a Mazda MX-5, and we don’t see a Fiat 500 Abarth in his future, either. In fact, the actor and former governor of California has a way of making even normally-sized cars, like a Camaro ZL1, seem comically small.
We’re not sure how much of his love for trucks comes from ego versus a need for elbow room, but this much is clear: until AM General launches a new civilian Humvee, the Governator needs to shop elsewhere for his transportation needs.
In this case, elsewhere involves a trip to Germany to drive the latest civilian variant of the legendary Unimog. For those unfamiliar with the name, the Unimog is Mercedes-Benz’s take-no-prisoners, go-absolutely-anywhere off-roader, favored by militaries, farmers and extreme moto-adventurers worldwide.
As CarsUK reports, Schwarzenegger just took delivery of a customized Mercedes-Benz Unimog, rumored to cost some $250,000. Part of that sum pays for the cost of federalization, as new Unimogs haven’t been sold in the United States since diesel emission regulations changed in 2007.
For his money, Schwarzenegger gets a pickup that can haul as much as 16,500 pounds of cargo, ford 31 inches of standing water and climb or descend a 45-degree grade. European models are governed to a top speed of 80 km/h (about 50 mph), but we’re betting that The Terminator’s Unimog is tuned for a higher top speed.
It may not be the most environmentally friendly option, and we certainly don’t have the room to park one in our driveway, but we know whose ride we’ll covet when the zombie apocalypse is upon us.