If you ever got stuck in the middle of a snow blizzard, swamp or huge mud pool, you know that all the horsepower packed inside your beloved four-wheeler is not enough to get you out and deliver you safely back to civilization. But despair not – there’s a new vehicle on the global market that promises to overcome all marshes, swamps, sand dunes and snowdrifts with no trouble at all. Recently announced by Russian truck producer Avtoros, Shaman 8×8 All-Terrain Vehicle is designed to conquer quite nearly any terrain thrown it’s way.
Equipped with eight large wheels instead of the regular four (or six as found in a few heavy-duty trucks), Shaman was built to conquer the unforgiving Russian terrains characterized by steep climbs, heavy snow piles and deep quagmires. On top of its outstanding ground-borne performances, Shaman has a completely sealed chassis optimized for flotation so it can also act like an amphibious vehicle when needed, achieving speeds of up to 7 km/h (4 mph) thanks to its hydraulically driven propeller located on the back. Fitted with an Iveco F1C 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine and ZF 6 S 400 six-speed manual gearbox, Shaman boasts some solid 146 horsepower although its top speed totals as few as 80 km/h (50 mph) – that’s because the Avtoros’ ATV is not made for bump-free paved roads. Quite the contrary, this rugged Russian giant shows its true colors on the tough, off-road terrains such as frozen tundras and demanding mountain climbs.