Andre Smirnov from TFLoffroad joins Couch Off-Road Engineering to compete against Hell’s Revenge in a Mercedes Unimog.
The forces that are with you Mercedes Benz focus their attention on the development of new high-performance models. The company recently confirmed that its upcoming EQA and EQS sedans will be accompanied by their SUV variants based on the company’s electric vehicle architecture (EVA platform).
We also have a soft corner for modified Mercedes off-roaders, whether they are ultra-luxurious reproductions Mansorys Gronos 2021 or Couch offroad engineering‘s Unimog rig. In one of his most recent videos, Andre Smirnov from the YouTube channel TFLoffroad had the chance to drive off-road with Jay Couch and his company’s Unimog all-wheel-drive semitrailer.
The team chose Hell’s Revenge Trail in Moab, Utah as the stage for the showdown. For sure it was definitely an adrenaline ride to watch this off-road beast in one of the most challenging terrains in the country. It’s no surprise that this formidable Unimog off-road rig costs $ 385,000. So you may be wondering who would buy such a truck.
“I have some really phenomenal customers, also very patient,” Jay told TFLoffroad. He added, “Most of our guys are going to travel the world these days, um, because this really is a global, you know, expectation truck. This is really what you use to travel across Africa, Namibia, South America, and Russia. “
Some Jeep Wranglers also joined the team on its Unimog expedition. The truck shown in the video is a model from the 1990s, and Couch Offroad Engineering is one of the few companies that offers Unimog in the US as the company has to supply models that comply with the 25-year import rule.
The truck shown in the video has been heavily modified and its powerplant has been optimized to achieve a maximum output of 320 hp and a maximum torque of 800 lb-ft. The engine is connected to an 8-speed manual transmission, and as Jay points out, all gears are shiftable.
Jay also shared his thoughts on Unimog’s performance and said to Andre, “This time I haven’t maxed it, I’m getting to 80 mph and it just feels unnatural at that speed, so I usually drive at 65 to 70 / 75. ”
Couch Offroad Engineering’s Unimog can also achieve reverse speeds of up to 80 MPH. The truck weighs nearly 13,000 pounds and rides on 46-inch all-terrain tires with 19-inch ground clearance, which meant it could easily dominate the Hell’s Revenge trail.