Whether they got permission to quote Dr Emmett Brown from Back to the Future or not really is immaterial because the excerpt fits perfectly. The new Prodrive Hunter can easily live up to the statement: “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads”. The automotive company behind some of the world’s most impressive off-roaders, Prodrive knows a thing or two about boldly going where few others have and the Hunter is a true example of that very mantra. The first of its road-legal racers, the Hunter is based on the Prodrive BRX Hunter T1+ driven by French driver Sébastien Loeb in the Dakar rally, meaning it’s got the same all-terrain tenacity to take you anywhere.
That’s no boast considering that the Prodrive Hunter boasts 600 horsepower. The all-terrain supercar combines the best of the BRX Hunter T1 and the Dakar Rally car. Powering the beast is a 3.5-litre V6 engine recruited from Ford. Prodrive tuned the engine to achieve the over 600 horsepower rating, with its accompanying 516 lb-ft of torque. Aside from the ability to barrel its way through or over obstacles, the engine also propels the car from 0 to 62 miles per hour in less than four seconds and can achieve a top speed of 186 miles per hour.
When you are off-road, the 35-inch off-road tires will come in pretty handy for smoothing out the bumps. It also comes with a double-wishbone suspension in the front and rear. That suspension boasts 400mm of movement. The engine feeds into a six-speed, paddle-shift gearbox that sends the power to all four wheels. The Hunter has front, centre, and rear differentials and is also equipped with adjustable dampers. Getting there and back shouldn’t be a problem thanks to the 127-gallon fuel tank.
In an interview with Autocar, David Richards, the chairman over at Prodrive, described the Hunter as “the Ferrari of the desert.” He’s not far off. In terms of performance, it’s hard to argue that the Hunter doesn’t more than meet that criteria. It also merits the description in terms of price. To buy one you’ll have to invest about $1.63 million, depending on current exchange rates. It should be no surprise that the first one sold when to Bahrain’s Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. It’s also not surprising that there will only be 25 made.