Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 6×6 vs. Unimog 4×4.

Their environment begins where sealed roads end. The Sprinter 6x6 and the Unimog 4x4 are true all-terrain vehicles and tackle extreme terrain in our clip.

Unimog – at home on every terrain

The "Universal Motor Platform" Unimog is a problem solver par excellence. Developed for agricultural usage 70 years ago, the all-wheel drive vehicle has developed into a popular universal talent for a vast range of different jobs. Yet all of the model variants have one thing in common: they can handle difficult terrain, treacherous surfaces and are at home beyond the bounds of sealed roads. The Unimog reigns supreme where other vehicles fail. The U 5030, modified by Hellgeth, provides even more performance, comfort and terrain capabilities than its standard counterpart and can handle even the most difficult conditions.

The Mercedes-Benz Unimog takes a corner at full speed.

Profile – Unimog U 5030 powered by Hellgeth engineering

Body manufacturer

Hellgeth engineering

Drive system

4x4 all-wheel drive

Gearbox

8 forwards and 6 reverse gears, permanent all-wheel drive

Engine

6-cylinder diesel engine with a 7.7 l displacement

Service

220 kW (300 hp), 1,200 Nm

Technical maximum speed

90 km/h (electronically governed)

Wading depth

120 cm

Ground clearance below the axles

50 cm

Equipment

expedition vehicle or as a rally vehicle

Driving slope angle

up to 50°

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Sprinter 6x6 – the versatile exotic

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 6x6, built by Oberaigner, is almost unstoppable. Permanent all-wheel drive, a raised air intake and special off-road tires make the van a true all-terrain vehicle. The entire underbody around the exotic 6x6 powertrain has been redesigned and is robust enough to handle the demanding conditions of even the most difficult terrain. The increased payload of up to four tonnes enables the van to be fitted with almost any imaginable body design – from a classic flatbed with a high payload to a fully equipped fire-fighting vehicle for inaccessible regions.

The Sprinter 6x6 drives over a sand hill at top speed.

Profile – Oberaigner Sprinter 6x6

Body manufacturer

Oberaigner

Frame

Original Mercedes-Benz frame reinforced by Oberaigner

Drive system

6x6 all-wheel drive

Gearbox

5-speed automatic transmission, permanent all-wheel drive

Engine

519 CDI, 6-cylinder diesel engine

Service

140 kW (190 hp), 440 Nm

Technical maximum speed

100 km/h (electronically governed)

Wading depth

65 cm

Ground clearance below the axles

Unloaded: front 322 mm, rear 257 mm; loaded: front 256 mm, rear 257 mm

Equipment

Two different wheelbases, available with a double cabin

Driving slope angle

Between 32° and 44°, depending on the wheelbase

Payload

Increased payload up to 4,000 kg

Permissible nose weight

max. 140 kg

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A duel between the superlatives

Shooting this extreme test takes the camera team to an off-road park near Germany's capital of Berlin. The location features sand, steep inclines and mud pits, creating a challenging environment in which vehicles can demonstrate their capabilities. Pyrotechnics experts create a powerful atmosphere along with an impressive backdrop using smoke effects. After dark, the team illuminates the scene with Bengal fire and flares so that the vehicles can keep on driving. The vehicles create an entertaining show as they tackle steeper and steeper inclines. Roaring engines echo through the otherwise quiet forest.

A camera on a tripod films the Unimog as it drives over an earthen mound.

The king of the hill

After two days of shooting, both vehicles have a real "off-road look": the hoods, windscreens and wheel arches are covered in dirt and mud. But despite their hard-use look, neither the Unimog nor the Sprinter submit to the difficult terrain. In the end, the true winners are the drivers themselves, who tested their vehicles under these extreme conditions.

The Unimog drives over a steep hill.

The Unimog powers over a hill. Off-road it is simply unstoppable.

A Unimog tire with the extra-deep profile.

Every detail of the Unimog is designed for all-terrain capability. This includes the exceptionally large and wide tires.

A 904 kilogram concrete block is lashed onto the Sprinter's loading platform.

The Oberaigner Sprinter is loaded with almost one tonne of additional weight for greater off-road stability.

The Oberaigner Sprinter 6x6 tackles a steep sandy hill.

The Sprinter 6x6 with permanent all-wheel drive can handle any hill no matter how steep and any surface no matter how loose.

The cameraman securely strapped into the camera vehicle.

The camera vehicle is prepared for the shooting.

Bengal fire burning red in the forest.

First pyrotechnic tests illuminate the forest with a red light.

Two pyrotechnics technicians lay cables and detonators for a fog effect

The pyrotechnic experts create a wall of fog for the Unimog to drive through.

The Unimog's headlights shine through a heavy wall of fog.

Only the Unimog's headlights are visible in the dense fog.

The side door of the Oberaigner Sprinter 6x6 is completely covered in mud.

Dawn the following day shows the marks the previous night has left in vehicles.

The Unimog parked on an earthen mound in front of the sunset.

The Unimog is an impressive sight on loose terrain.

Car headlights illuminate the Sprinter 6x6 and the Unimog, parked in the dark forest.

Shortly before the end of shooting, both vehicles are parked in the dark forest, completely covered in mud.

A man holds a flare to illuminate the Sprinter 6x6 and the Unimog.

Flares light up the two vehicles for the final scene.

Sprinter

Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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