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The Oltre-Fiat

The Oltre - Italian for "beyond" - was presented yesterday (Thursday) at the Bologna Motor Show in spectacular fashion.

It is derived from the Iveco LMV (Light Multirole Vehicle), the new military off-road vehicle that embodies cutting edge technical features and has won the FCLV (Future Command and Liaison Vehicle) contract for the British Army, as well as being chosen by the Italian Army.

The show car has very generous external dimensions: it is 4 870 mm long, 2 050 mm tall, 2 200 mm wide and has a wheelbase of 3 230 mm.

It has "exuberant" styling, developed around a silhouette with straight wheelarches that cut across the uncluttered sides.

The door handles have been recessed deliberately, so that they do not constitute an obstacle when driving off-road.

Crew cab

The Crew-Cab version (long cab with an open platform) achieves a perfect balance between the feeling of dominating the terrain from inside the comfortable cab, and the spartan personality of a pure expedition pick-up.

The tubular structure above the cab enhances the solidity of the whole vehicle, focusing attention on the presence of a complete rollover bar inside the cab.

And finally, the adjustable sunshade at the top of the windscreen increases the dynamism of the roof, and recreates the typical structure of vehicles used for desert crossings.

The Oltre-Fiat has inherited all the features peculiar to the military model, starting from the permanent 4x4 transmission that allows it to tackle any situation or route.

It has generous 500 mm ground clearance, and a highly efficient independent suspension system with coil springs and coaxial dampers.

All-wheel drive is engaged automatically when it is needed, while all three differentials lock, a system that guarantees optimal wheel grip in all conditions.

Deep fording

It can negotiate a lateral gradient of up to 40%, and longitudinal gradients of 80%; it can also tackle fords of up to 850 mm, and this can be increased to 1.5 metres by mounting special inlet and exhaust pipe extensions.

The show car is fitted with high performance, ultra sporty (V speed code), low profile Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico 315/40R26 XL (Extra load) tyres.

The vehicle on show in Bologna is equipped with an Iveco F1C common rail diesel engine, with a variable geometry turbo and intercooler.

The 3-litre engine has four cylinders in line and delivers a maximum power output of 136 kW at 3 700 r/min, and peak torque of 456 Nm at 1 800 r/min..

Combined with a six-speed automatic transmission, the engine gives this extraordinary vehicle a top speed of over 130 km/h.

And finally, the Oltre-Fiat show car weighs about seven tons, ready for the road and exploiting all its load capacity.

It can seat four or five people, depending on the interior outfit, with an overall payload of about three tons.


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