We’d struggle to name an off-roader more hardcore or more militaristic than the Hummer H1. And you can still get one – or a HMMWV, at any rate: in military spec, as a kit to build yourself. But this company is taking it even further.
Based in Detroit and manufacturing in Wichita, Kansas, Mil-Spec Auto has sought to upgrade the original Humvee in every way imaginable. And naturally, that starts under the hood.
Mil-Spec’s Launch Edition packs a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8 tuned to deliver 500 horsepower and 1,000 lb-ft of torque. Channeled (of course) to all four wheels through an Allison six-speed automatic transmission, an array of differentials, and a transfer gear case, it’ll run to 60 in 6.8 seconds and top out at 105 miles per hour.
That’s a fair bit quicker than GM or AM General ever offered from the factory. And Mil-Spec offers Stage 2 and Stage 3 tuning options to make it even more potent.
The chassis is also completely re-manufactured and powder-coated, with better sound insulation and matte Kevlar-coated bodywork. The interior is retrimmed in aluminum, leather, duck canvas, and waterproof vinyl, with four individual custom seats, metal fixtures, and a Momo Prototipo steering wheel.
It’s even fitted a JL audio system with a marine-grade amplifier and Bluetooth connectivity, LED interior lighting, USB charging ports, backup camera, and power everything.
Like what you see? The Launch Edition carries a sticker price of $218,499. And Mil-Spec will make you one in a variety of body-styles, including convertibles like the one you see here, as well as two- and four-door, hardtops, slant-backs, wagons, and pickups.