What Is SHERP the Ark?! Check Out This Extreme ATV

Top Gear America took utility to the extreme in a $250,000 “SUV.”

According to the manufacturer, it’s not actually a sport utility vehicle—it’s an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Whatever you call it, SHERP the Ark 3400 is impressive. Earlier this year on Top Gear America, Jethro Bovingdon got to—throw?—one of these 10-wheeled beasts around when the guys were comparing $250,000 luxury SUVs in Colorado. Where SHERP (The SHERP? The SHERP the Ark? Our buddy, SHERPy? Mr. the Ark?) might be lacking in creature comforts, it does not lack in capability. 

This go-anywhere, do-anything, overland work vehicle can haul up to 3,400 kg of cargo or 22 people over nearly any terrain imaginable. You might think, “What could it do without the trailer, though?” Buddy, that’s not a trailer. That’s a six-wheel-drive, multi-configurable cargo module that is responsible for 240 of the 330 gallons of fuel capacity and 3,000 kg of the total hauling capacity and allows for all those crazy, chassis-bendy shenanigans. (Jethro did technically wheelie off the line in that race against the CAT front-loader. )

The cab houses the driver plus three other passengers and the mighty Doosan D24 diesel engine that sends power to all ten 63-inch agricultural tires via a very simple, albeit heavy-duty, chain drive (there’s a driveshaft hidden inside that chassis coupling connecting front to back). 

Diesel-Powered: Doosan 2.4L Turbodiesel Engine

That’s right, the SHERP is chain-driven. And the “mighty” Doosan D24 is actually a 2.4L inline-four turbodiesel engine making a whopping 74 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque connected to a five-speed manual transmission not unlike you would find in your average front-wheel-drive economy car. SHERP the Ark, with the people-mover module, weighs in at nearly 11,750 pounds, and a 2.4L turbodiesel moves it around?! The magic of torque multiplication through gear reduction. 

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