The Pinzgauer range of all-terrain wheeled vehicles is one of the most advanced mobility vehicles in its class.
Pinzgauer (4 x 4) and (6 x 6) vehicles 2003 onwards (United Kingdom)
Euro3 spec & Development
In July 2000 it was announced that Automotive Technik Limited (ATL) of Guildford had assumed a licence to market worldwide and manufacture the Pinzgauer range and that all future production would be carried out in the UK.
Automotive Technik Limited (ATL) had previously (since 1993) been the UK agent and importer for Pinzgauer vehicles. At Eurosatory 2002 the then Automotive Technik Limited displayed an early production example of an upgraded EURO 3 emissions compliant Pinzgauer model.
EURO 3 models were developed in co-operation with Roush Technologies (now Revolve Technologies) and, compared with their immediate predecessors, feature increased payloads and GVW, plus improved performance. EURO 3 models are fitted with a Volkswagen diesel engine coupled to a ZF automatic transmission as standard.By mid-2003 production of all pre-EURO 3 specification Pinzgauer models had ceased.
Following the introduction of EURO 3 engines, Pinzgauer variant designations underwent some revision. These revisions included the dropping of the 716 and 718 nomenclature for the (4 × 4) and (6 × 6) variants, respectively, and the introduction of a more logical base model letter designation system.
The revised designations are used throughout this entry although, for reference purposes, earlier designations accompany individual model descriptions or are used in text where appropriate.The first order placed for the EURO 3 generation Pinzgauer model was from the UK Royal Navy for nine 718 HVB (6 × 6) models for use in the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) role. The contract was awarded late 2001
While weights, dimensions and performance figures have all changed, throughout its production run the Pinzgauer vehicle has changed little in overall appearance and remained based on a proven torsion-free central tube design with swinging half-axles. EURO 3 Pinzgauers are powered by a Volkswagen 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine.
This provides considerably more power and torque (particularly at low speeds) than the six-cylinder engine fitted to preceding (4 × 4) and (6 × 6) models. According to the manufacturer, EURO 3 powered models can accelerate from 0-80 km/h in 15 seconds and acceleration times when fully laden are comparable to those of preceding models when unladen.
EURO 3 models are fitted as standard with a ZF four-speed automatic gearbox.The twin crown wheel and pinion axle differentials form part of the central tube and provide both drive and suspension movement. A centre tube connects the front and rear (plus second and third on (6 × 6) models) differentials and houses the solid prop shafts, differential locks and all-wheel drive connections. Enclosed, these components are protected from terrain damage.
The fully synchronised two-speed transfer box forms part of the centre tube system and is therefore also protected from possible terrain damage.Range changes are possible on the move, and the cross-axle differential locks may also be engaged or disengaged on the move.The independent hub-reduction portal-type swinging half-axles are sprung by coil springs front and rear, or on (6 × 6) models by rocking beam style parabolic taper-leaf springs shared longitudinally between the rear axle.
Pinzgauer fulfills a growing range of operational requirements, specialised roles and applications. The Pinzgauer vehicle offers high volume-to-size ratio with payloads up to 2.5 tonnes, multi-role versatility, exceptional mobility, ride quality and performance. Due to its versatility and construction, the Pinzgauer vehicle allows for easy adaptation to special purposes whether as a fire tender, troop carrier or high-volume application.
Manufactured exclusively by BAE Systems in the UK, the distinctive Pinzgauer range is in service with the Armed Forces in 29 countries around the world. The vehicle is offered in a number of variants and the versatility of the platform enables the vehicle to be adapted to almost any configuration.
Pinzgauers performance is impressive, whatever the conditions. Its centre-tube torsion chassis design with independently sprung portal half-axles, independent suspension, powerful engine and brakes with precise, accurate steering provide the Pinzgauer with exceptionally good handling and all-round stability. Click HERE to view the dimensions of the Pinzgauer 4x4 and 6x6 vehicles.
Steyr Daimler Puch Pinzgauer TurboD 1984 on
• Body: forward control, various bodies, 2 seats + rear
• Engine: P80/90 VW, 2383cc, diesel, turbo-charged, 6-cyls, 2-valves/cyl, ohv. P93 VW, 2383cc, diesel, turbo-charged with intercooler, 6-cyls, 2-valves/cyl, ohv. Automotive Technic/BAE VW, 2500cc Euro 3 variant, diesel, turbo-charged with intercooler, 5-cyls, 2-valves/cyl, ohv.
• Transmission: Manual 5 speed (ZF S5 18/3) or Automatic 4 speed (ZF 4 HP22), 2-speed transfer case, diff locks, hub-reduction gearing with drop-hubs
• Suspension: 4x4 coil/coil, 6x6 coil/leaf
• Brakes: disc/disc
• Tyres: 8.25/R16,
• Fuel-tank: 80L, 125L or 140L
• Approach: 40, departure: 45, ramp break over: 136
The original prototype was developed around 1969 and first production started in 1971, as successor of the Steyr-Daimler-Puch Haflinger 700 AP 4x4 light military multi purpose offroad vehicle.The Pinzgauer first generation model (710, 712) was produced until 2000 by Steyr-Daimler-Puch in the city of Graz, Austria. It was, and is in use in many armies around the world. When millionaire Mr. Stronach took over the shareholder majority of Steyr-Daimler-Puch offroad vehicles; he gave the right to build the Steyr Pinzgauer to Automotive Technik Ltd (now BAE). As of 2009, in the Graz plant, the Mercedes-Benz G Wagon / Puch G offroad vehicles were being built.
The Pinzgauer is one of the most capable all-terrain vehicles ever produced. The smaller 710M can carry 10 people or two NATO pallets. Both the 4x4 and 6x6 models can tow 5,000 kilograms (11,023 lb) on road; and 1,500 kilograms (3,307 lb) or 1,800 kilograms (3,968 lb), respectively, off-road. It has a range of over 400 kilometres (249 mi) on one tank of fuel, or nearly 700 kilometres (435 mi) with the optional 125 litre tank. The first generation Pinzgauer is available in both four-wheel drive (4x4) (model 710) and six-wheel drive (6x6) (model 712) versions.
The Pinzgauer also has portal axles to provide extra clearance over obstacles. The Pinzgauers chassis design contributes to its high mobility. It has a central tube chassis with a transaxle which distributes the weight more evenly, and keeps the centre of gravity as low as possible. The differentials are all sealed units and require minimal additional lubrication. The 710 4x4 was the more popular variant, but the Pinzgauer was designed to have a very capable 6x6 configuration from the start. The rear suspension on the back of the 6x6 712 is designed to provide maximum traction in the most demanding circumstances along with increasing its towing, load carrying, and off-road abilities.