Meet the RENNtech-tuned Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Extreme: almost eight feet tall with 5,200 pounds of dumper payload capacity, and is that painted-on mud splatter I see?
You’re looking at a Sprinter 3500 Cab Chassis, which is used as a base for RVs, ambulances, or extreme off-road dump trucks like this. It’s powered by a 2.1 4-cylinder BlueTEC diesel engine that, almost unbelievably, makes a paltry 161 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque according to Mercedes.
Must be some great gearing in there because even at that output level, the 3500 is rated to carry 6,400 pounds on its frame or tow 7,500 pounds behind it.
A seven-speed automatic makes the most of what little power the diesel engine can belch out.
This particular one is covered in lights (the easiest way to make your boring truck look awesome), a winch, G-Wagen “inspired beadlock wheels,” with meaty tires and big fender flares.
Then of course there’s the wrapjob, which makes this thing look ready for work hauling dinosaur dung in Jurassic Park. The dump-bed is a Scattolini ScattoMaax which can ditch its load directly behind the Sprinter or off to the side.
You’d think all that motion above the wheels would offset the vehicle’s stability, and you’d be right. To compensate, the Sprinter has a “load-adaptive” stability control system that brakes individual wheels to counteract sliding, oversteer or understeer.
You’re not likely to see that wheel and tire combo at a job site but the rest of the truck is pretty much standard. Now who needs two and half tons of mulch delivered?
Images via Mercedes-Benz