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Tomcar TX takes the UTV to special-forces-grade extremes

Tomcar TX takes the UTV to spe...
The Tomcar ain't the prettiest of UTVs, but it may be the toughest
The Tomcar ain't the prettiest of UTVs, but it may be the toughest
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The TX: a military grade rockhopper
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The TX: a military grade rockhopper
New models include 4WD, which was an odd omission on the early Tomcars
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New models include 4WD, which was an odd omission on the early Tomcars
Built on a fully welded frame with an incorporated roll cage
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Built on a fully welded frame with an incorporated roll cage
14 inches of suspension travel at each wheel, and 17 inches of ground clearance
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14 inches of suspension travel at each wheel, and 17 inches of ground clearance
The Tomcar ain't the prettiest of UTVs, but it may be the toughest
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The Tomcar ain't the prettiest of UTVs, but it may be the toughest
The TX4 has a twin cab and 4 seats
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The TX4 has a twin cab and 4 seats
Att TX models are ready to carry at least their own weight in payload, and tow a heap more.
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Att TX models are ready to carry at least their own weight in payload, and tow a heap more.
A nicer interior than the military guys get
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A nicer interior than the military guys get
Simple, super-tough cabin
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Simple, super-tough cabin
Single cab options are also available
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Single cab options are also available
Originally developed for the Israeli special forces
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Originally developed for the Israeli special forces

Originally developed for Israeli special forces operatives, the Australian-designed Tomcar TX is a mil-spec brick outhouse of a UTV. In fact, it's the go-anywhere UTV you need if you want to carry another UTV across some rough terrain.

The TX series takes the UTV in a hyper-utility direction. Where others shoot for off-road fun and farming practicality, Tomcar has built these things to tow or carry at least their own weight, to survive parachute drops, to outlast anything on the market under the toughest conditions, and to be easily repairable in the field.

The series includes the TX4 4-seater (pictured), the TX3 two-seater with a large tray, and a TX5 2-seater with a smaller tray and wheelbase. All are built on welded-up steel frame chassis designs incorporating a roll cage, a huge aluminum skid tray protecting the entire underside, and adjustable four-wheel independent suspension with 14 inches of travel apiece and a huge 17 inches of ground clearance.

The TX4 has a twin cab and 4 seats
The TX4 has a twin cab and 4 seats

Unlike the company's early rear wheel drive designs, the TX series has incorporated 4WD. The engine is a 1.5-liter petrol 4-cylinder making 107 horsepower and 80 lb-ft (108.5 Nm) of torque, and the team has gone with a CVT transmission. Diesel and all-electric versions also appear to be in the works.

The positioning of the heavy motor helps keep the center of mass low, enabling the TX to manage sidehill gradients over a ridiculous 60 degrees. When things get really hairy, you've got pneumatically activated locking diffs to call on, at both the front and rear axles.

The cabin is significantly friendlier in this civilian version than the poor grunts in the military get, including a full heating and air con system, power steering, a widened cabin with extra room and cushioned seats. The company says it's also working on a "upscale" version with a fully enclosed cab, "additional amenities," and nicer materials inside.

The TX series is available now, starting from US$36,500. Check out a video below.

TOMCAR TX - Spotlight Video

Source: Tomcar

5 comments
Mzungu_Mkubwa
Street legal version please?
minivini
My wife and I spent a day driving an 4x4 Tomcar around Sedona about twelve years ago. These things will seriously go just about anywhere without breaking a sweat.
guzmanchinky
If it can be made street legal in California I'll buy one tomorrow.
guzmanchinky
I just spoke with them, no street legal version planned. Bummer...
Martin Hone
No street legal version planned …...so who is going to buy this çivilian'version ? Even the military have its road-going vehicles street registered. At least in this country.