Earlier this week, I came across this military looking vehicle, but had no idea what it was. At a glance, I imagined it to be some sort of Russian milspec transporter of sorts. Naturally, we put it up on Facebook and the Internet responded, and with surprising speed and accuracy.
As it turns out, I had stumbled upon a Pinzgauer High-Mobility All-Terrain Vehicle. The Wikipedia entry tells that the Pinzgauer was conceptualized and developed in the 1960s and manufactured by Steyr-Daimler-Puch, from Austria. The model was named after an Austrian breed of horse, and was most currently manufactured in Surrey, England by BAE Systems Lands and Armaments.
What we are looking at is really the second generation model, the Pinzgauer II. There are actually two variants – a four-wheel drive 4×4 model which you see here, now called the 716, and there is also a six-wheel drive 6×6 model, now called the 718. The 4×4 has a payload capacity of 1,000 kg whilst the 6×6 manages 1,500 kg. The two are powered by a Volkswagen 2.4-litre turbocharged diesel engine, offered in either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. Power is rated at 114 hp and 225 Nm; with a kerb weight of 2,100 kg, we couldn’t find the 716’s 0-100 km/h claim but this probably doesn’t really matter as it has a rated maximum speed of 110 km/h.
The Pinzgauer II vehicles are used as service vehicles across several countries, among them Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, United Kingdom. More interesting is the fact that the Malaysian Army purchased 168 units of 4×4 716 Gun Tractors and 164 units of 6×6 718 Mortar Transporters, as replacements for the older Volvo C303 and C304 in their inventories. These were affectionately called “Piglet” due to their design (also validated in one of the comments on our Facebook!).
The 716 you see here has likely been decommissioned from military use and sold. We’re not sure why any civilian would want one of these behemoths but I suppose if you have the space for it, why not? It’s the sort of vehicle you’d need to plan your journey prior, as this won’t fit on all roads. And since this won’t be the primary mode of transport, you can wait for your parts to get delivered.
We’re not sure why or how the Pinzgauer we spotted has turned civilian and were not able to locate the owner. Should you know the owner of this vehicle, do help us ask if he/she would be keen to participate in our #startupmonday project!