• Sep 8, 2006
Gregory from CarDesign.ru tipped us off that Russian automaker GAZ unveiled a preproduction version of its Tiger-2 SUV at the Moscow Motor Show recently. The Tiger-2 looks very HUMMER-esque in profile, but has a face only a Russian drunk on vodka could love. And, are those... plastic wheel covers? The tigger is powered by a 190-hp diesel motor, which can actually get this mountain going 100 mph, but no more. The interior resembles the original HUMMER H1 with its obnoxiously wide central tunnel, but passengers will supposedly be treated to a smooth ride and plenty of comfort and convenience features.

With all the talk about when the Chinese will be flooding the U.S. market with inexpensive vehicles, one wonders if Russia's economy will ever be able to support the global aspirations of a native automaker like GAZ. Kinda makes you go... hmmm.

(More pictures after the jump)

[Source: CarDesign.ru]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Ok so it looks like a hummer rip-off and it may have hubs... but thats now reason to run up and diss the entire country.... How many american cars aren't rip offs of european cars in some way, shape, or form ?

      @Andrew making an arrogant statement like that only demonstrates your lack of knowledge about the Cold War and global political events of the time... Remember, NASA needs help from Russia to build a space station...so I wouldn't get too cocky..

      As for the car... I'd love to have one... I mean, it will probably not cost nearly as much as a Hummer and that means that I would defenitly take it for some major offroad abuse....wether it comes back alive afterwards is another discussion, but it will finally be something people actually dare to use offroad, unlike the Hummer and Porsche Cayenne...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Beautifully. By something alike on hammer!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I must say I am disapointed in the new version of the Газ Тигр. I much prefer the model before it as its looks reflected its 'ruggedness more than this latest version. Because although it is built in for US citizens (notice I didnt say Americans because there are many countries in America other than USA) to be patriotic and think everything that is US has to be the best by default - THe HUmmer is CRAP. They are for PIMPS and other people who mostly use them for the highway. There are even some places in the USA where you can pay money to get dirt sprayed onto your HUmvy so that people think you have been going offroad. And that type of activity would suit the average Hummer owner as without a word of lie - the No1 reason for Yanks to buy a hummer is to be seen and noticed. However, the fact of the matter is they perform like crap offroad and the front suspension is far too bouncy and there have even been cases where the front wheel and suspension assembly have absolutely caved in on moderately uneven surfaces. The same surfaces where much cheaper Japanese RVs got through without any difficulties.
      But the TIger is a different animal completely. They are extremely rugged and are built literally like a tank. If you do your homework and study the performance records of both machines, the Russian TIger is far superior as an offroad vehicle.
      I am just disappointed in this new Tiger because I was planning on going to Russia to buy one based on the earlier model for offroad use. But this ones looks does not reflect its ruggedness. It looks like its trying to pretend to be something different. Im sure they have not compromised its performance but will soon check on this aspect - but now it appears it is trying too hard to compete with the gayness of the HIGHWAY HUMMER. I agree that the front of this thing is very rude and cheap looking. Bahind the front, the body is boring and the hubcaps look very plastic and appear as if they might come off quite easily as they look too 'detached' I can understand why they did it. Gaz had earlier reported that in the next few years that they will be canning their main seller 'Volga' the sedan and were going to concentrate more on the Rec vehicles. But the TIger was not a highway machine. It was a military offroad machine and should have stayed that way. THey should have just made a seperate vehicle that looks like the 'thing' in the picture above and called it BIG LADA.
      The ground clearance is hugely lower on this new version so its so different from the earlier one it really should have been given a different name.
      So to be honest - the only good thing I can say about this new thing is that I hope a good number of owners of the previous TIger, trade in for the new one so then I can buy their old one second hand so its been run in on the rugged Russian roads.
      Trying to get info to buy a TIger from overseas is a nightmare - they are not helpful at all and even if you call the manufacturers sales and export team - the response is non-existent. I will have to just go there and try and hunt one down. Otherwise I will try to find a Marsh Niva with the huge wheels.


      And the only other thing I wish to comment is that if you own a Hummer then you are a faggot. And if you dont have a HUmmer but dream about them then you are the definition of a faggot.

      If anyone has got an earlier TIger to sell - stick your details on this page and I will be in with a grin.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In Russia, sport utility vehicle drives you!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like a Jeep Commander with the JC Whitney treatment.
      • 8 Years Ago
      front grill,plastic wheel caps,front bumper change these ugly things,without these things suv will be more acceptable to me.i think if next model produce designers be alert.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It is the REAL offroader. On offroad it is better, than Hummer H2.For example, it overcomes ford up to 80 centimeters (In comparison with 50 at Hummer H2). Actually, such machines in Russia think out is better.
      The prospective price in Russia - 50-60k$.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think it's a decent effort. I do like the door sheetmetal treatment that surrounds the windows.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Quite frankly it is a very nice vehicle, I would like to see how it performs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Total garbage.

      Stoneman
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's pretty ugly and pretty apt to stay that way! It does occur to me, however, that the Ruskies have sufficient oil reserves to run a fleet of behemoths like this while maintaining their zero dependence on Mideast oil.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a faily historical company building this car (it was nationally owned for most of modern Russia's history) and was originally named ZIL and later changed to ZIS (the 'S' at the end stood for Stalin) and for most of their history basically created rip-off designs of American cars, but some were actually very luxurious and beautiful. Unfortunately, nobody in post-war Russia could afford them, and many of them ended up as ambulances (check out the ZIS 110).
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