This Mean Pickup Is A South African Battleaxe

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With Cummins diesel power.

While the world moves towards sleek electric cars and SUVs, some are still clinging to the right and ready designs of yesterday. Cars such as the Ineos Grenadier have taken on the look of the classic Land Rover Defender, and while it has faced some legal problems for it, courts have decided that the British manufacturer doesn't have the exclusive rights to produce boxy-looking off-roaders. That has opened up a gap in the market that is now being filled with all kinds of weird and wonderful creations.

Take the South African built Brandt BRV, which has been making waves on the internet as of late. BVR, which stands for "Brandt Radical Vehicles", is a family-owned business from the South African Province of the Free State, and they might just be on to something.

Brandt BRV
Brandt BRV
Brandt BRV
Brandt BRV
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The car features bespoke coil-over suspension, and the body is manufactured from 1.2 mm to 1.6 mm steel panels. These cars roll on 35-inch tires and offer a ground clearance figure of 325mm (12.8 inches). The vehicle weighs 2,200 kg, which is 200 kg less than the Grenadier.

The Brandt BVR has been developed due to a need for "a tough and robust pickup truck." Gerrit Brandt, marketing and procurement manager says: "We build vehicles that offer ruggedness, reliability and low-maintenance costs. Our customers either want a workhorse that can withstand all conditions, or they want an exclusive off-road capable toy."

Brandt BRV
Brandt BRV
Brandt BRV
Brandt BRV

Powering this boxy beast is a Cummins 2.8-litre turbo diesel engine developing 160 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, which is slightly down on power when compared to contemporary South African pickups, but plans are in place for a bespoke engine offering. Power is sent to the rear, or all four wheels via a five-speed ISF gearbox and a Dana differential. The interior is surprisingly spacious but is barren of any sort of luxury features. Standard features include air conditioning, an infotainment system with navigation, leather seats, a heater, and a power socket, as well as a four-speaker sound system. Unfortunately, you don't get any airbags, so strap in and shut up.

Brandt BRV
Brandt BRV
Brandt BRV
Brandt BRV

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