Sunday Drive: 2002 Hummer H2

Today I’m featuring a vehicle I’d buy for myself — money being no object. The 2002 Hummer H2. [I’ve got lots of photos so clicky on the links!] It’s come a long way from its hard-working military cousin, the HMMV.

The H2 has a host of impressive features geared toward surviving in the concrete jungle as much as the rugged, rocky terrain for which it was originally designed: Power-operated soft top; thermostat-controlled articulating hood louvers (does this mean they move?!); Central Information System which includes GPS navigation system, DVD video, Monsoon audio, Onstar, CD player, e-mail and Internet access (now THAT I could get used to — as a passenger!).

The H2’s luxurious interior sports computer and cell-phone docking stations, night vision system (my God, a Peeping Tom’s wet dream!), oscilloscope green gauges, and full underbelly skid plates (I’m not even going to ASK).

All these goodies are hauled around by a Vortec 6.0-liter high-output V8 engine with a 4-speed auto transmission, an estimated 316 horsepower (@4600 rpm) and estimated 360 lbs./ft (@4000 rpm) of torque on 19×9.5 inch three piece aluminum wheels with integrated bead locking system, on 35-inch off-road Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Tires.

The suspension consists of (fore and aft) independent double-wishbone with unequal length A-arms, torsion bars, stabilizer bar, and long travel dual rate coil over shocks with remote reservoir.

And to demonstrate that this is not your neighbor’s SUV, the Hummer can:
– Scale a 20-inch vertical wall [1]
Ford 20 inches of water
Ascend a 60-degree incline
Traverse a 40-degree side slope

[1] A 20-inch wall is not very tall. Shit, my Z can do that and it has a five-inch ground clearance. Well, probably not. But still, I’d expect that out of a Hummer. I’m not sure what they mean by this. Anyone? Anyone?

This monster has a 123-inch wheelbase, is 177.8 inches long, 81.6 inches wide, and 72.6 inches high. Visit the Hummer website and build your own urban dream machine.

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