Here's a fun fact: the AM General Humvee vehicles currently used in the military weigh 14,300 pounds, with three tons of armor plating attached. Another fact, which isn't so fun: they come equipped with a 6.5-liter diesel V8 with just 190 horsepower and 355 pound-feet of torque. Motor Trend's latest Head 2 Head episode involves the stock Humvee just described and pits it against a modified version, the Banks Power Sidewinder Humvee (check out our Quick Spin review), which aims to solve the vehicle's power deficit, improve its handling and extend its military service - all while saving taxpayer money that otherwise would be spent on new vehicles with much higher price tags.

The Banks Power Humvee comes equipped with the same turbo-diesel V8, but with an upgraded turbocharging system for a more robust 255 hp and 465 lb-ft, which still seems a bit meek for its hefty weight. But more importantly, it's also equipped with an active suspension system that Banks Power claims vastly improves its handling off-road.

You'll have to watch the video below to find out which Humvee wins (and see a short clip of Jonny Lieberman driving a Rambo Lambo) - and by how much - just make sure you have a spare 20 minutes before clicking play.




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      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      I worked at AM General for 6 years. What a lot of people don't realize is that the Humvee was NEVER designed to have several thousands of pounds of armor bolted to it. The government didn't want to pay for a brand new vehicle so the Humvee had to keep being modified in order to meet the military's needs. They finally got smart and began the JLTV program
      wilkegm
      • 1 Year Ago
      The HMMWV was never designed to be that heavy- component life suffers tremendously, leading to very short maintenance intervals. And even at that, they're still not as safe as an MRAP. Space when wearing full gear is abysmal- as is the HVAC. Perhaps we could just stop playing in that Godforsaken sandbox.
      follyz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Banks is putting a $100k band-aid on a gushing wound. Yes the HMMWV is a robust design (especially from 1979!) with incredible capabilities but realistically it has flaws and flaw aplenty. Put a request out for the private sector to make a better design and let the ideas flow like they did in '79.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @follyz
        The government has been reviewing proposals from the Big 3 automakers, among others, since at least the late 90s. I'm not sure what's taking so long. Sure, some of those are meant for other purposes -- but I have been reading about 'the next Hummer' for a long time...
          Radioactive Flea
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
          Why do you spread such mis information? Its been going on for 5 years, including design, and no automakers proposed.
        SpikedLemon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @follyz
        Lipstick on a pig indeed.
      JGM038
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should have included an un-Uparmored version as well.....I got my vert on the uparmored HMMWV but drove an an uparmored one once, huge difference in speed and maneuverability. We have had replacements for the HMMWV for a while....USMC has the MATV and MRAP, 4X4 and 6X6 and the Army has their ugly MaxxPro. HMMWV is generally stuck with non-combat duties, i.e. driving around on a FOB.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @JGM038
        Those things are over half a million a piece. The original un-armored HMMWV only costs the Army 80k.
          juststudent
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bernard
          humvee isn't replaced because it's venerable/aging, but because the army needs different type of combat hauler vehicle, the armored one, not the utility truck named HMMWV. It just unfortunate that those type is expensive as hell than the current truck.
          Bernard
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bernard
          @juststudent Now that I think about it, the HMMWV really isn't suited to this task and upgrading it will still produce a vehicle that isn't up to the task. We should probably focus on making cheaper wheeled APC's. If those things are going to cost up to a million each, they need to hold at least a full squad.
      11fiveoh
      • 1 Year Ago
      50-100k to convert a turd into a negligibly faster turd.. Government "saving" at it's best.
        LLL
        • 1 Year Ago
        @11fiveoh
        This "turd" keeps our soldiers alive, a s s
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Box shaped vehicles suck and always will suck when it comes to roadside bombs, the biggest threat right now and the reason the trucks have gotten so heavy. A replacement could do the same or better job at lower weight and greater efficiency, and we have the technology now that it would be very smart to make it a hybrid. The hybrid can provide a far more robust electrical system and battery standby power for all the equipment, including something the soldiers need now that they too have a lot of gear and armor... A/C for desert climates. Its also been suggested that a beefy enough hybrid could cruise at low to moderate speeds exclusively on battery power which would provide a stealth mode without the huge advanced warning that a loud knocking diesel engine and big black smoke cloud sacrifices. Plus, greater fuel efficiency isn't about saving the planet but about logistics too. It can provide a greater range and makes supplying the vehicles simpler if we can reduce fuel usage by say 20%. Its really insane how much oil our military uses right now on a daily basis!
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ike said---"beware the industrial/military complex They will over price & under perform."
      SpikedLemon
      • 1 Year Ago
      A new vehicle would be the proper solution. Many other countries use the G-Wagen.
        JaredN
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        A new vehicle absolutely is the proper solution. But the G-Wagen absolutely isn't the proper solution. The G-Wagen would have the same problems (if not more so) as the HUMVEE -- it wasn't designed to carry thousands of pounds of armor. Given the current budget mess we are in, upgrading some of the existing HUMVEEs may well make more sense than buying all new vehicles.
        The Other Bob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SpikedLemon
        A G-Wagen isn\'t armored.
          JaredN
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Other Bob
          Spiked - armored G-Wagens don't have anywhere near the protection as an uparmored Humvee, nor does the G-Wagen have the same ground clearance.
          SpikedLemon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Other Bob
          Pick the appropriate tool for the job. A LAV III /Stryker is a more appropriate tool to be put into the line of fire. A HMMWV was meant to be transport. Similarly is a G-Wagen. And please check your facts: G-Wagens have armor options and are typically armored for military use.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        JaredN
        • 1 Year Ago
        Have you ridden in a Hummer? I have. It is great for its purpose, but as a daily driver, it just plain sucks. It sucks hard. There actually isn't much usable room inside, because of that huge engine/tranny cover. The seats are cramped. The truck is glacially slow and very noisy. GM sold H1s for a while and, as you might remember, they didn't sell many of them. There is a reason for that.
        wilkegm
        • 1 Year Ago
        I was thinking that when the Hummer brand was being offed. Since the H2 and 3's were just based on GM truck chassis, they could have served as low volume off-road models- remove the luxury cliche.
      Cabriofan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just drive a tank!
      4gasem
      • 1 Year Ago
      MotorTrend has an AWESOME YouTube presence. From HotRod to 4wd to reviews on newer cars, it's all good. I HIGHLY recommend watching the "Roadkill" episodes. I think the changes Banks made were great, but it's time for a new vehicle. They're testing them all now, but it takes YEARS to perfect them. It makes something out of an absolutely dismal engine and really makes the suspension light years better.
      Alex Butti
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about this guys? http://shadowhawkvehicles.com/hawks/vehicles
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