Who doesn’t know a Hummer H2? Yes it is an off-road utility vehicle manufactured by General Motors that meets the expectations of every hardcore adventurer. Based on the Hummer H1, this new civilian version, inspired by the military vehicle, is more than qualified to traverse even the roughest terrain.
In addition to being ready to traverse any terrain, the Hummer H2 has a very extreme personality that jumps out at you wherever you park and will make you feel powerful given its gigantic dimensions.
This vehicle of the house fill the engine was produced until 2010 at its factory in Port Elizabeth South Africa to cover markets such as Australia, Europe and the Middle East where the last units were marketed. But nevertheless, the brand continues to participate in the prestigious Dakar Rally competition obtaining very good results.
The Hummer H2 is definitely an option to consider if you want to experience off-road sensations with all the comfort that any luxury utility vehicle can provide. At some point we all dreamed of driving this military-derived vehicle with brute features and pure muscle.
It’s a shame that the Hummer H2 is no longer in production, but fortunately there are still well-preserved units on the market that are an attractive purchase if you are an adventurous driver and are willing to leave the urban environment to enjoy a camping experience without sacrificing comfort.
This car is an iconic American off-roader and if fuel economy is not an issue for you, it is a driving experience that is hard to compare. After all we are talking about a military vehicle adapted to civilian use, that is, resistance to abuse is what this model is all about.
With dimensions of 4.8 meters long, just over 2 meters wide and 2 meters high. The Hummer h2 reached a weight of 2900 kg with the driver, which were mobilized by a v8 with 6.0 liters of displacement. It has a maximum torque of 242 newtons at 4000 revolutions per minute.
This v8, had a multipoint injection technology something quite advanced for the time, reaching 329 horsepower at 5200 revolutions per minute. Its all-wheel drive 4 by 4 is ideal to overcome the obstacles of the road.
One of the great disadvantages of this vehicle was the fuel consumption in mixed regime yielded a figure of 21.4 liters per 100 km That was not a problem because the fuel tank capacity is 121 liters.
Another disadvantage of this model was how unfriendly it was to the environment, as the figures stated that it produced 512 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. For the last models marketed between 2008 and 2009 General Motors adopted a new 8-cylinder, 6-liter engine of the same displacement but tuned in such a way that it will achieve 393 horsepower.
Almost 70 horsepower more than its previous version and reducing a little the consumption to 6 kilometers per liter. The first version of the h2, which was sold between 2002 and 2009, had a 4-speed automatic gearbox more oriented to have high torque with less displacement and an all-wheel drive four-wheel drive.
Later models and the company’s latest models sold between 2008 and 2009 had a tweaked 6-speed automatic transmission to make the ride a little smoother and more pleasant.
Transmission and equipment
Based on its military past, one might think that the Hummer H2 is an uncomfortable vehicle. But this is not the case as we find a quite comfortable interior covered in leather, aluminum and materials of very good quality.
With a huge center console dedicated to the entertainment center and a navigation system that can be easily controlled by the pilot or co-pilot, as well as its dual air conditioning system, which separates the areas of the cabin in two completely different climates.
This navigation system includes front and rear cameras that facilitate parking in small places, which the pilot will appreciate given the enormous dimensions of this vehicle. The entertainment system is composed of several screens, two of them behind the backrests of the front seats. It also includes speakers and subwoofers comfortably distributed to provide exceptional sound quality.
The most equipped version included a premium sound system that the specialized audio brand Bose mounted in collaboration with General Motors, proving that this vehicle could be all-terrain, but with accessories of the highest quality for urban use.
Despite the enormous dimensions of this vehicle, the steering is quite smooth and the position of the steering wheel could be adjusted electrically telescopically. It fits perfectly to a driver of any size, while the steering wheel integrates the controls for the navigation and entertainment system and in the retractable roof version also includes the button to retract the hood.
The Hummer H2 laid the design foundation for all utility models after its launch. Many of the brands available in the market were based on these features for their models. Despite being inspired by the Hummer H1, which in turn is derived from the Humvee military-only vehicle, the Hummer H2 has exterior features of a vehicle fully equipped for civilian use.
It integrates folding mirrors, fog lights, and metallic moldings that can be chrome-plated or painted in the color of the owner’s choice. Protective plates for the crankcase and fuel tank are also available in the fully equipped version. The most luxurious package includes 20-inch chrome wheels and a rear view camera. The 20-inch wheels are fitted with 35-inch tires, which guarantees a permanent grip in any situation.
All Hummer H2 models feature ABS brakes and electronic brake assist with 4 ventilated discs. This electronic assistant works in conjunction with traction control. To provide the driver with an immediate response capacity in any emergency. The manufacturer emphasized on improving the braking system, since it is not easy to paralyze the almost 3 tons of weight of this utility vehicle.