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Hummer H1 Alpha


8217;06 HUMMER H1 Alpha Swath Cutter

by Sue Mead

LAKE TAHOE, Nev. #8212; Like any true Alpha, it can charge up the rockiest hill, ford 30 inches of the slipperiest stream, then zip zero to 60 in 13.5 seconds onto the busiest freeway #8212; three seconds faster than its predecessor #8212; plus travel 570 to 600 miles before needing a fill-up.

Not a male, but certainly military masculine, this performance-enhanced Alpha H1 cousin of the HUMVEEs on active duty in Iraq is the latest model designation of General Motors#8217; HUMMER. The 2006 H1 Alpha has a stance that is two inches taller than the old model with a cavernous interior that only seats four since the rest of the interior has space tucked away for the up-fit armament and communications systems.

This politically incorrect conspicuous-consumption icon screams #8220;Look at me!#8221; as it cuts a swath through traffic like Moses parting the Red Sea #8212; which is exactly the point. The new Alpha has plenty to brag about: bigger and better components, the latest technological advances in engine and transmission technology, a 46-percent increase in horsepower, an 18-percent increase in torque, an 18 percent increase in its zero-to-60 acceleration time, a 13-percent increase in towing capacity, a better cruising range, a greater crawl ratio, larger brake rotors, and improved fuel economy.

Besides replacing the 6.5-liter Optimizer prime mover of previous HUMMERs with the 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel V8, the HUMMER H1 Alpha has a five-speed Allison 1000 unit instead of the previous-generation four-speed automatic transmission.

The Alpha#8217;s height-adjustable suspension, combined with the high vantage point from the driver#8217;s seat, provides a commanding view of the road, as well as guiding the HUMMER H1 Alpha#8217;s 37-by-12-inch 50R-17 tires onto the sweet spot of boulders and other treacherous terrain. Improved stopping power, thanks to larger 12-inch brake rotors, is another impressive feature of the new 2006 HUMMER H1 Alpha, almost erasing the old H1#8242;s annoying sway from front to back upon heavy-footed braking and quick stopping maneuvers.

As for looks, that special aftermarket pizzazz attached to high-end 4WD models, such as the HUMMER, now comes straight from the factory. #8216;Alpha#8217; and #8216;Duramax#8217; badges are found just above the rear bumper and on the front driver#8217;s side body corner, respectively.

The body, with its Gulf Storm and Shock-and-Awe imprint, is made of hardened 6061 T6 aircraft aluminum and the panels are attached with adhesive and rivets. A skid plate cover, front and upper grille covers, door handles and bezels, and rear bumper cover finished in stainless steel are available. Chrome trim decorates the tubular side steps, front bumper cover, headlight bezels, hood corner trim, hood latches, tailgate hinge covers, and the air intake cap.

Additionally, for 2006, HUMMER has redesigned the H1#8242;s wheels.

The gauges are straightforward and the newly illuminated shift levers are positioned within easy reach. A new console switch makes it easier to disable overdrive, switch into tow/haul mode and operate the locking differentials. Storage bins are found both overhead and in all four doors, but do not expect the tie-downs on the flat load floor between the rear seats to secure gear to keep that load of groceries from Wal-Mart from tumbling over.

Additional standard features include power locks and windows, air conditioning, keyless entry, electronically controlled outside mirrors and a heated windshield.

Hummer H1 Alpha

Quick vehicle stats

Wheelbase: 130.0; overall length: 184.5; width: 86.5; height: 77.0 #8212; measurements in inches.

Engine: 6.6L V8 turbodiesel #8212; 300 hp at 3,000 rpm and 520 lbs-ft of torque at 1,500 rpm.

Transmission: five-speed automatic.

Payload capacity: 3,087 lbs.

Towing capacity: 10,300 lbs.

Sue Mead writes for Motor News Media.

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