Like their other off-road vehicles, the Torsus Praetorian School Bus is built for serious 4×4 capability.
Here is another example of what the MAN-based truck/bus builder can produces: it’s the Torsus Praetorian School Bus. It looks remarkably rugged. Like other Praetorians, this one comes based on a heavy-duty MAN chassis with a turbocharged, inline six- cylinder diesel. It makes 240 hp and about 680 lb-ft of torque. It has 15-inches of ground clearance and an approach angle of 32 degrees. The base model (about $180,000) has a gross vehicle weight rating of 29,762 pounds. The transmission is a nine-speed ZF 9S-1310 OD (Manual/ Automatic optional). It also has front, read and center locking differentials.
Vakhtang Dzhukashvili, CEO of TORSUS, said: “THE PRAETORIAN BY TORSUS IS MADE TO BE ADAPTABLE AND VERSATILE. SO NATURALLY WE ARE LOOKING AT OTHER WAYS THE BUS CAN BE USED IN VARIOUS SITUATIONS AROUND THE WORLD. THE SCHOOL BUS WAS ONE OF THE FIRST IDEAS WE HAD. AS THE PRAETORIAN IS A SAFE AND SOLID VEHICLE THAT WE KNOW CAN KEEP ITS OCCUPANTS PROTECTED IN EVEN THE MOST TESTING OF CONDITIONS. WHEREVER IN THE WORLD CUSTOMERS MIGHT NEED A SCHOOL BUS SOLUTION FOR SAFELY AND EFFICIENTLY DRIVING ON TESTING TERRAIN, THE PRAETORIAN SCHOOL BUS IS AN OPTION THAT WILL DELIVER EVERY TIME.”
We’ve covered Torsus before, but the images alone look right our of a science-fiction movie, and we could not resist.
This model has additional upgrades and a 35 passenger capacity. Torsus added specially adapted seats covered with protective coating built for rugged usage. According to Torsus: “The bespoke original seats styled around mathematics and science designs. The seats are covered with a polymer protective coating, made to rigorous TORSUS standards, equipped with a seat belt suitable for all ages while optional extras for the seats include a foldable armrest and hip support bar on the aisle side.”
Once again, we know that Torsus wants to enter the North American market, but they are waiting on gaining a partner. The timing isn’t quite right at the moment, but that could change in the near future. When it dose, you can be sure we’ll get our paws on some of their offerings.
Check out this interview with their head honcho!