The GMC Hummer EV is coming in the not-so-distant future, but waiting is not a strong suit for many people. If you’re one of them, this 1997 AM General Hummer Wagon may scratch the itch, but it’s worlds away from its upcoming all-electric relative.
The new Hummer EV will be a spectacle on our roads when eventually lands, but this bright yellow monster will turn just as many heads. With a black brush guard and bumpers, chrome running boards, tinted windows, and eight-lug 16.5-inch wheels, there’s sure to be almost nothing else like it.
Unlike the upcoming EV, this Hummer is powered by a 6.5-liter turbodiesel V8 that makes 195 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. It certainly won’t match the EV’s acceleration and the original Hummers don’t have crab walk or any trick tech, but there’s a certain charm that comes along with the original Hummer’s size – and brute force. They’re also virtually unstoppable off road and have enough torque to pull a bulldozer. There’s a reason the military used them for so long, after all.
There’s only so much that can be done to make the Hummer’s interior a comfortable place to be, and it appears that this one’s had the kitchen sink thrown at it. Gray cloth upholstery, an upgraded stereo, and actual door coverings have been added to make the Hummer as user-friendly as possible, but it’s hard to ignore the fact that it’s still shaped like a military people-carrier inside and the dash still screams stripped-down utility vehicle. Just look at the giant three-spoke Hummer steering wheel.
Look, we’re not suggesting that this is a competent replacement for what will surely be an impressive electric SUV. Once the novelty of a vehicle like the original Hummer wears off, you’re left with a giant, mostly uncomfortable off-road vehicle that’s hard to park and not so practical to use on a daily basis. We are suggesting that this thing is hilarious, however, and for the price it could be a great way to get your weekend laughs.