The Hummer brand was always one I found interesting. Originally inspired by the military Humvee, GM purchased the rights to sell the Hummer to the public. The H1 was based off of the Humvee, the H2 was built upon a Tahoe chassis, the H3 built upon a Chevrolet Colorado. What that says to me is that the only real Hummer is the H1.
Available as am open top “truck” or as an enclosed wagon. There was a convertible top option for the truck version, too. The H1 was in production from 1992 up until 2006, with emissions laws being to blame for its discontinuation. In 2006, Hummer pulled out all the stops to make the best Hummer ever. Upping displacement, power, torque, wheels, and brakes this final vehicle was dubbed the Hummer H1 Alpha.
The Hummer H1 Alpha receives a 5 speed Allason transmission paired to the 6.6L Duramax Diesel engine producing 300 HP 520 foot pounds of torque. The new drive train really breathed new life into the Hummer. MSRP on these monumental trucks were $150K! But what you get for that is a monster truck!
The Hummer feels like it owns the road, its truly unstoppable. Even though it weighs a concrete-shattering 6,000 pounds the thing can still get to 60 faster than a Fiat 500. The new breaks provided by the Alpha upgrades make stopping a breeze as well. When you get past the size, the thing that is the most impressive about the hummer is the ground clearance. You really have to climb up into it, and that can be quite a commitment. We took our Black over Black 2006 H1 Alpha off road right next to the lot and what felt like a drop on the ground was barely a bump to the Hummer. It truly doesn’t feel road conditions, it just keeps going! The Hummer is even sold with a tire inflating system! What that means for you is that if you happen to get stuck in the mud driving through McDonalds or Burger King, you can deflate your tires to get more grip, drive out of the sticky situation and pump the tires back up when you are done. All from the driver seat!
No matter what you throw at it, the Hummer H1 Alpha is up to the challenge. Its a remarkable engineering feat to have created such a monumental truck. Its just so much fun to drive because you feel bigger than life. And indeed, you are bigger than every other car you pass on the road! I am a sports car type of person, but that being said getting a chance to spend some time behind the wheel of the Hummer H1 Alpha put a huge smile on my face. My only complaint would be how utterly difficult it is to remove the soft top and drive with the wind in your hair. Even with those difficulties, I cant quite explain why I love the Hummer H1 Alpha so much. Perhaps because it is just SO over the top in each and every way. Another cool features has to be that you can even run the monster on recycled vegetable oil!
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