Torsus Praetorian: world’s first 4×4 off-road bus

There has never been a 4×4 passenger bus before.

Considering the need for transportation in hard-to-reach areas, the Czech company Torsus has created the world’s first off-road bus.

Under the name of Praetorian, this bus designed to transport personnel and equipment through difficult terrain, is equipped with everything necessary to roll on extremely difficult roads, and this ranges from its bodywork to the mechanical elements that make it up.

Based on a MAN chassis, this innovative bus has a body equipped with all the necessary elements to be able to ride on complicated roads.

The bodywork features an avant-garde design and features a height of 40 centimeters from the ground, a steel bumper, exterior surfaces covered with ballistic grade coating, Michelin XZL TL off-road tires measuring 395/85 R20, angles of attack and departure 20 and 22 degrees, respectively, and a wading capacity of 70 centimeters.

This burly body of the Torsus Praetorian has no limits when passing through rocks, sand, snow and ice thanks to a powertrain consisting of a 6.9-liter turbo diesel six-cylinder, delivering 240 Hp and 925 Nm of torque, coupled to a semi-automatic transmission, two differential locks and power steering.

Although it is a vehicle intended for off-road, it is not slow when considering the large dimensions. This is verified with the maximum speed limited to 117 km/h.

Hand in hand with its off-road capabilities, the Torsus Praetorian seats 35 passengers, has three-point seat belts, air conditioning, multimedia system, rear-view camera, automatic doors and steps, impact glass.

Although the creators of the first off-road bus have not disclosed prices, it is assumed that the fare for the entry version could be US $155,000.

Author: Nabeel K

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