Kamaz readies itself for 2017 Dakar Rally

kamaz-master-15Kamaz has designed an all-new truck pointed directly at the 2017 Dakar event. The big, bad, blacked-out Master “Kapotnik” features a new layout and a 980-hp powertrain. Kamaz believes it will be the truck to bring back its 14th Dakar victory.

The all-new Kamaz Master leaves the tradition of forward control cabs in the past, and looks all the more rugged and powerful because of it. Built on the Kamaz-4326 chassis, this muscular machine has a generously sized cab set back off the front axle, behind a strong hood. The new layout is designed to increase crew comfort and improve performance.

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Kamaz also believes the new cab configuration, which shifts weight off the front axle and toward the center, will improve maneuverability, provide better movement over sand and offer better jump landings.

Kamaz says the new Master will reach speeds close to 100 mph (160 km/h) “on more or less any surface.” Those speeds come courtesy of the big, bulging 980-hp (731-kW) 12.5-liter diesel engine and 16-speed ZF transmission powering all four wheels. A 1,000-liter fuel tank allows the truck to drive all day and into the night.

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