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Tonka Trucks Grow Up
« on: 10 Feb 2016 - 06:10:26 »
and go diesel on the road.  Loved Tonka trucks.



The Sherp ATV is the life-size Tonka truck you've been craving since childhood

Digital Trends, Andrew Hard, February 10, 2016

If you call yourself a gearhead, it's likely you spent much of your childhood smashing toy trucks together in the dirt. As kids, we loved the larger-than-life capabilities of big 4x4s, and even though we're a bit older now, that same juvenile passion exists within us all. Thankfully, there's a new outlet for your truckish enthusiasm, and it hails from the magical lands of St. Petersburg, Russia.

It's called the Sherp ATV, and it comes from a "genius technologist" named Aleksey Garagashyan. Looking like a life-sized version of the toys we played with as kids, the Sherp's proportions are incredibly mismatched, as the vehicle's 1,600-millimeter self-inflating tires measure in at nearly 70 percent of the ATV's total height. It has quite the commanding presence though, and clearly, it's designed this way for a reason.

The Sherp can basically go anywhere it pleases, whether it be snow, ice, mud, sand, or as the video above shows, the open water. When it's not swimming through a frigid lake, the ATV can scale objects up to 27.5 inches tall and even use a skid steer system to turn within its own wheelbase. It even manages to look kind of adorable while doing it.

The Russian vehicle starts at a hefty $65,000, which will get you a 1.5-liter, 44-horsepower four-banger diesel and a five-speed manual transmission. It's certainly not fast -- the Sherp manages 28 mph on land and 3.7 mph in water -- but it can reach those speeds in just about any conditions mother nature can throw at it. The base price also includes a soft top tent, halogen headlights, a 15.3-gallon fuel tank, and a few analog devices on the dash. Interested parties can tack on another $5,000 for the "Kung" version, which has a hard top and a slightly cozier cabin.

One-way ticket to Russia, anyone?

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Re: Tonka Trucks Grow Up
« Reply #1 on: 10 Feb 2016 - 07:34:03 »
I saw a video of those posted on FB last night. They can travel in deep water too, because they float.
I gotta say............when I first started watching the video, I honestly thought it was a pair of RC trucks. :blink:
3.85 million Rubles............which is just under 50K and that's not including the price of getting one shipped over here.

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