2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

General Motors is about to introduce to the local market another member of the growing H3 family — the top-notch 2008 Hummer H3 Alpha. Although, like Jeeps, the Hummer series was initially designed to be primarily a superb vehicle for off-road adventures, the truck is more and more often considered a luxury item and those shelling tens of thousands of dollars for the legendary badge and the signature chrome grille expect the vehicle to be on top of competition, in all meanings of the word.

The second SUV in the exclusive Alpha series (the first one was the late 2006 Hummer H1 Alpha), the new Hummer H3 Alpha comes equipped with a mighty V-8 engine, increased by one-third towing capacity and unique exterior and interior features.

2008 Hummer H3 Alpha -- the ultimate H3!
2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

If you consider your ordinary H3 somewhat underpowered, then the new Hummer H3 Alpha will surely satisfy your appetite.

I mean, the vehicle now sports a 5.3-liter V8 engine delivering a maximum of 295 hp and 317 lb-ft (438 Nm) of torque, which is enough for towing a 6,000 pounds boat without putting to much strain on drivetrain. Highway cruising will also be effortless, since the new Hummer H3 Alpha is really agile, taking only eight seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph.

2008 Hummer H3 Alpha

The engine is mated to Hydra-Matic 4L60 electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission with flat-towing enabled. To make the engine more stable on sloppy surfaces, GM’s engineers have provided it with a special oil pan that ensures constant oil pressure.

Speaking of off-road experiences, the new Hummer H3 Alpha is able to pass 24-inch streams at a 5-mph pace, climb 16-inch vertical steps and rocks and feels pretty much at home while driving through rough terrain thanks to its 9.1-inch ground clearance and maximum brakeover angle of 25 degrees (when fit with 33-inch tires) maximum approach angle of 39 degrees and maximum departure angle of 37 degrees.

No info on price and availability yet.

2008 Hummer H3 Alpha (approach, break-over and departure angles)
2008 Hummer H3 Alpha (side slope)
2008 Hummer H3 Alpha (grade capability)
2008 Hummer H3 Alpha (V8 engine)

Photos: GM/Hummer

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