Is the Torsus Praetorian Overlander the ultimate off-road RV?

Torsus Praetorian Overlander

The Torsus Praetorian Overlander is based on the brand’s off-road school bus and is decked out with every imaginable creature comfort.

Meet the Torsus Praetorian Overlander. This thing is based on the award-winning Torsus Praetorian school bus which the Czech company claims is the “world’s first heavy-duty 4×4 off-road bus,” and who are we to dispute that claim.

Boasting up to 389mm of ground clearance (fording depth of 700mm), the Praetorian Overlander will sleep four people, offers a full kitchen and bathroom, satellite TV, plenty of storage and that’s just the basics. The makers reckon you can option the thing with whatever your heart desires.

The hardware is impressive. It stands 3.7m tall and is built off a modified MAN TGM chassis running a MAN six-cylinder diesel engine making 213kW and 925Nm of torque. This is mated to a ZF automatic transmission. It’s got low-range with front and rear differential locks and rides on 20-inch alloys wrapped in Michelin 395/85 R20 XZL TL rubber. The fibreglass body is a Torsus design and the underbody is painted in raptor coating.

If you remove the spare wheel from underneath the Praetorian you’ll get a rampover angle of 41-degrees, with a 32-degree approach and 26-degree departure angle. But there’s more… For serious off-grid adventuring, Torsus has dreamed up an off-road ready trailer that can either be left empty as a toy hauler or have a kitchen, or sleeping quarters or whatever you want.

And don’t think this is only for Europe because Queensland-based Bus 4×4 is the local agent for Torsus. It lists the price for the base vehicle at $351,000 not including the cost of the fit-out and on-roads.

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