What’s it like to drive a... big MAN army truck
Alarming and reassuring in equal measure, this is off-roading at its most remarkable and ridiculous
Posted: 22 Oct 2010
En route to the off-road circuit, the 11-litre straight six HX-77 can demonstrate its unbelievable road-holding. Not only is it insanely quick and flat through hard, high-speed corners, it's also weirdly easy to drive, seamlessly selecting its own gears, quick on the throttle and simply staggering under heavy braking. For somethingthat weighs a full 15 tonnes, the sheer sprightliness of the 77 is nothing short of miraculous.
That's a feeling affirmed by the fact that leaving the tarmac makes no discernible difference to this vehicle's pace and composure. Riding out massive potholes and three-feet deep ruts like they were pockmarks in the pavement, the 77 can be driven with the sort of crazed abandon normally reserved for escaped convicts and the criminally insane.