The Austrian Pinzgauer 4×4 & 6×6 Family

The Pinzgauer is a family of high mobility all-terrain four-wheel drive (4×4) and six-wheel drive (6×6) military utility vehicles originally developed and manufactured by Austrian Firm Steyr-Daimler-Puch, who were a large manufacturing conglomerate based in Steyr, Austria, which was broken up in stages between 1987 and 2001.

Generation I

The Pinzgauer first generation models were 710 (4×4) and 712 6×6, which were produced until 2000 by Steyr-Daimler-Puch in the city of Graz, Austria. The original prototype was developed around 1969 and production began in 1971.

The Pinzgauer can carry 10 troops or two NATO pallets. Both the 4×4 and 6×6 models can tow 5 tonne on road and 1.5 tonne off-road. It has a range of over 400km’s on one tank of fuel, or nearly 700 kilometres with the optional 125 litre tank.

710 4×4

M – soft top with rear passenger seats (10 passenger total)
T – flat bed carrier
K – 5 door hard top station wagon
AMB-Y – ambulance with 3 doors
AMB-S – ambulance with air-portable removable shelter

712 6×6

M – soft top with rear passenger seats
T – flat top carrier
FW – fire truck
K – 5 door station wagon
W – workshop with air-portable shelter
DK – 4 door crew cab pickup
AMB-S ambulance – air-portable removable shelter

The most common body types are either “K” (hard-topped) or “M” (soft-topped) types.

Generation II

In 1980, Steyr-Daimler-Puch started development on a second generation Pinzgauer. After six years of research and development, the initial second generation Pinzgauer II rolled off the assembly line in 1986.

Improvements –

Inline six cylinder Volkswagen Group Turbocharged Direct Injection diesel engine
ZF Friedrichshafen four-speed automatic transmission, or five-speed manual transmission
Slightly wider track
Slightly bigger tyres
Disc brakes
Standard automatic transmission, with optional manual transmission

In 2000 the Pinzgauer manufacturing rights (which was Generation II) were sold to Automotive Technik Ltd (ATL) who were based in Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom. The company went through a number of take over’s and is now owned by BAE Systems plc.

Operators

Austria
Bolivia
Lithuania
Macedonia
Malaysia
New Zealand
Oman
Pakistan
Serbia
Slovenia
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States
Venezuela
Lebanon