Meet the Zetros: the monster motorhome from Mercedes Benz
The Mercedes Benz motorhome sports a beautiful luxury interior...
Tuesday, 12, Apr 2011 05:00
by Marcus Dubois
Could we have found the biggest, baddest motorhome on the planet? When our managing director forwarded these pictures of a Transformers-style monster truck, our initial thoughts were that April Fools Day has been and gone. Yet this apocalyptic looking beast is actually a special order vehicle produced by Mercedes-Benz.
According to Drive, two Mongolian businessman friends who hunt for wolves with an eagle decided they needed something a bit beefier for expeditions. So the pair took delivery of two Mercedes Benz Zetros 6x6 trucks - with more than the usual levels of luxury.
Military grade transport
The new motorhome shares it's DNA with trucks from the Actros series, part of the Military Vehicles division of Mercedes Benz. Powered by a mighty 7.2 litre turbo-diesel engine, the Zetros generates a staggering 1300Nm of torque. To put this in perspective, a TDV8 diesel Range Rover generates just over half this figure at 700Nm. And with two fuel tanks holding 500 litres, you can afford to miss a fuel stop every so often.
A nine-speed manual gearbox is standard on the Zetros and includes a crawler gear for those rock-hopping moments. Three mechanical differential locks can be selected on the fly using a rotary control and offer the maximum amount of traction available.
At over 10 metres in length and 2.7m in width the Zetros will struggle to fit into two parking bays. Despite these vehicles being designed for the harshest conditions, our Mongolian friends have spared no expense in creating the ultimate motorhome.
How to survive the apocalypse in luxury
Mercedes were tasked to create a penthouse on wheels, and the Zetros would put many apartments to shame. Because the Mercedes is based on a military vehicle which carries large payloads, the platform offers more room for the designers to play.
The luxurious bathroom sports marble flooring and underfloor heating, while the living room and bathroom are of generous proportions. But it's the superbly equipped kitchen which stands out, with a full sized gas stove, refrigerator and even your own bar.
This particular model is unsurprisingly a hunter's dream, with an enormous gunsafe for storing those hunting rifles and ammunition. Other gadgets worthy of a Bond villain include a rear garage that can accommodate a quadbike. And if you're worried about how to power all this, fear not - a diesel generator powers a SAT receiver and dish, Mac Book laptops and a 46-inch monitor.
Interested motorhome fans can order their very own Zetros by clicking here. Hunting eagles are not included with the vehicle