This Mercedes-Benz Unimog Is The Greatest Fire Truck Ever

For the most part, fire trucks are slow, unattractive, and not all that good in difficult terrain. This one, however, is a little different.

In the town of Kirchzarten in southwestern Germany, the volunteer fire brigade uses a custom Unimog U 5023, optimized as the perfect tool to battle fires in the dense Black Forest. The fire truck has an incredible 17.7-inches (45 cm) of ground clearance, rolls on a set of huge off-road wheels and tires, and features an advanced four-wheel drive system.

Although the front of the truck and most of the cabin remains typical for a Unimog, the rest of the vehicle has been transformed for its fire-fighting duties. Consequently, there is a huge water tank in the rear that can hold 1,056 gallons (4,000 liters) of water and 132 gallons (500 liters) of foam. A powerful Ziegler pump allows it to fire out up to 793 gallons (3000 liters) of water per minute.

Powering the capable fire truck is a four-cylinder BlueTec 6 diesel engine pumping out 231 hp and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque. That monumental torque figure ensures the Unimog can conquer the most difficult terrain without breaking a sweat.

All things considered, the Unimog fire truck is simply the coolest, and in all likelihood the most capable, we’ve ever seen.

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  • TrevP

    All of the western states could use a lot of those right now.

    • PK

      all of the western states can learn a thing or two about german engineering!

  • mihsf

    Unimog firetrucks aren’t a new thing though. All of them are great.

  • donald seymour

    I have a huge soft spot in my heart for the Unimog. In my opinion I think that this is the only well executed design outside of the G-Wagon when it concerns a truck or a SUV in the Mercedes’s lineup.

    • mihsf

      It depends on the Baureihe. Baureihe 405 is an abomination.

      • donald seymour

        Umm…okay, I guess. Yeah, it looks a bit special, if you know what I mean.

  • PK

    it’s mercedes benx. what did you expect? <3

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