The surrounding wilderness of Las Vegas has lured many off-road enthusiasts into its embrace. And nothing comes close to the Hummer as the final expression of off-road capabilities as it comes to Vegas and the 2008 SEMA Show with two other specialized versions that are sure to excite anyone whose vacation itinerary includes places like Baja and Moab.
Hummer unveils two versions, a new H3T pre-runner model equipped with a horde of performance and appearance accessories, and the H3 X Concept, an application for the final H3 X version. The last is a modified H3 Alpha that was created by Four Wheeler Magazine as a continuing project comprehensively detailed in several issues and also online.
Hummer CEO James Taylor said that "Hummer has always been about unmatched capability and that's exactly what these concept vehicles deliver. More importantly, they are based in reality with mostly bolt-on components attainable by any enthusiast who wants them. They are more than concepts; they're thought starters for enthusiasts who want to express themselves via their H3 or H3T."
Although the specialized Hummers are not for production, they integrate Genuine Hummer parts and components and other aftermarket accessories that are available on the market today, providing enthusiasts the opportunity to duplicate a lot of the vehicle's spirit and highly improved capabilities, version exhibits extremely improved capability and functionality that can also be achieved with the H3T.
Enhanced engine and suspension performance is owed to the development efforts of Hummer's off-road engineers and the technology borrowed from Hummer's award-winning racing program.
With a fresh H3T Alpha, engineers boosted its 5.3L V8 engines with an addition of almost 70 horsepower through components that came from GM Performance Parts. Included in the addition are LS2 cylinder heads, a camshaft with a higher lift and supporting parts. Also added is a performance enhancing 3.5inch exhaust system. The H3T sits atop a 35-inch BF Goodrich Baja T/A tires set on 20-inch wheels from HUMMER Accessories.
The model utilizes racing-tested stock and aftermarket suspension parts, with Light Racing JounceShocks and a 2-inch-diameter Rod Hall Racing associated reservoir-type performance shocks. To finish a weekend desert getaway, the H3T is outfitted with a KTM 450 SX-F dirt bike set on an H3T cargo management system.
The H3T also sports other accessories available from HUMMER that improves functionality, plus a bed extender and carry-off cargo cases. Furthermore, the Baja Orange Metallic custom paint is accented by indispensable Hummer parts, with roof- and grille-mounted off-road lighting systems, an upper grille with the same color as the body and custom hood graphics.