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Testing An Old AM General M1116

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Agustin Jimenez
| Staff Editor
Posted October 11, 2013

Improving An Old Military Workhorse

There’s no question the AM General M1116 HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) has become a legendary American military vehicle that commands respect anywhere it goes. It can run on multiple fuel sources, carry severely heavy payloads while offering its occupants protection and cover while driving through an active war-zone even during an all out firefight.

Lucky for us, Motor Trend’s very own Johnny Lieberman, Host of Head 2 Head on the Motor Trend channel somehow managed to get his hands on not just one but two AM General M1116. One of them is the powered by the plain jane 190 horsepower 6.5-liter turbo diesel engine. What we get is a shootout between it and another AM General M1116 HMMWV that has been modified by Banks Engineering to help get our soldiers in and out of a potentially hostile situation as fast as possible. Gale Banks and his crew worked their turbocharging magic on this heavyweight 7-Ton military wheeler and the result is an astounding 255 horsepower 6.5-liter turbo diesel engine that delivers a whooping 465 pound-feet of torque to help it accomplish it’s objectives in less time to keep our soldiers out of harms way whenever possible.

On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Johnny Lieberman puts two AM General M1116 to the test to find out if an old war horse can be taught some new tricks.

Check out the video to see what an old military workhorse can do in the dirt!

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