Both vehicles should be perfect for the zombie apocalypse.
Mercedes-Benz Trucks will have a slew of rugged vehicles on display at the upcoming Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition set to open its doors tomorrow. Those who will attend the event organized until Sunday at the Air Force Base in Waterkloof, Centurion will have the opportunity to check out a multitude of military-grade vehicles, including a Unimog U5000, the Zetros, and the Actros 3344A/45.
There are dozens of versions of the Unimog out there. It's a multi-purpose 4x4 beast that has been around since the second half of the 1940s. It’s available in both civilian and military guises for a vast array of applications, including a railroad-ready version based on the U 423 model featuring a turbodiesel 5.1-litre engine with 231 horsepower and a mighty 664 pound-feet of torque.
Earlier this year, the owner of a U 318 model decided to turn his Unimog into a food truck for those chilly days in Finland. Capable of storing up to 400 kilograms (881 pounds) of food, the mobile kitchen had all the features you’d expect, including work surfaces, gas stove, wash basin, and a bunch of cooking utensils. The customized Unimog is more than just for show, as it’s being used for a variety of public and corporate events.
Based on the Actros and Axor series, the Zetros is just as versatile and can be had in multiple configurations, including a six-wheeled model featuring an incredible payload capacity of 16 tons. Power for the three-axle behemoth comes from an inline-six 7.2-litre turbodiesel that generates an earth-moving 960 pound-feet of torque.
As impressive as the civilians versions may be, these pale in comparison to the ones developed by Mercedes for military purposes. These have been engineered to survive in basically any rough conditions and are as close to being indestructible as possible. Plus, the vehicles look epic thanks to their army green finish and chunky off-road tires.
Source: Mercedes-Benz Trucks