Tacti-cool: USSV Rhino GX

Tacti-cool: USSV Rhino GX

The first time you get a look at the US Specialty Vehicles’ (USSV) Rhino GX rolling down the road,  your first thought is Military/Law enforcement vehicle. The Rhino GX is an armored urban assault vehicle that would easily put an individual or group of friends in the role of playing a Special Forces team smashing through roadblocks and barricades to get to a target. Although we don’t recommend playing commando and smashing through anything with this vehicle, the Rhino GX definitely seems to be purpose built for that sort of work.

Although the Rhino GX looks like the younger brother of the M1A2 , according to reports, it does not handle or ride like a tank. The ride and handling are to any modern, large SUV.
USSV achieves this handling and ride quality by utilizing a Ford F-450 chassis and enhancing the front suspension with an oversized sway bar and performance shocks. The ride is further improved by using Liquid Spring Technologies’ Compressible Liquid Adaptive Suspension System (CLASS) in place of the conventional rear-suspension setup. The CLASS suspension continuously adjusts to different road and driver inputs making this Behemoth handle like a luxury SUV. Whatever driving conditions are or whatever the vehicle’s load, the suspension stays manageable, level and planted. CLASS also allows the driver to change between three ride settings (Sport, Normal, and Luxury) at the touch of a button.

Test drives have shown that the Rhino GX’s excellent driving characteristics and the power of the 6.7L Power Stroke diesel make for a very versatile vehicle. Maintaining freeway speeds is not a problem with six-speed TorqueShift automatic transmission coupled with the Power Stroke. Off-road endeavors are not an issue as the motor has plenty of “grunt” to handle even the roughest terrain.
According to test drivers braking is also surprisingly comfortable. USSV retained the factory F-450 braking system equiped the vehicle with 38-inch Toyo tires, These two features make stopping the Rhino GX easy and SUV like.
The Premium model Rhino GX interior is very comfortable and boasts good visibility. The driver seat is six-way power adjustable, however the front passenger seat is not powered and far less adjustable. The two rear seats have eight-way power adjustability and a center console that houses the rear A/C controls, cupholders, and electronic ports. The Premium Rhino GX also includes two sunroofs toward the rear of the vehicle. Instrumentation is very organized with all the controls easily accessible.  The App-Tronics SmartNav system makes finding coordinates a breeze.

The exterior is all business. Sadly, the sharp-angled steel body looks armored and bulletproof, however it is not. But, just like anything in life… it can be, for the right price. The cab is steel and composite body panels assembled around a dual-layer, cold-steel body structure. There is no flex or give in the body giving the Rhino GX a very quiet ride.

USSV has succeeded at building  a very rugged, stout, high-end SUV for people who are looking for the feel of a limo with the appearance of a Marine Corps Assault Vehicle.


Vehicle: US Specialty Vehicles Rhino GX
Vehicle Type: Fullsize four-wheel-drive luxury SUV
Base Price: $204,000
Price as Tested: $240,000
Engine Displacement: 6.7L Power Stroke
Configuration: V-8
Horsepower: 440 hp at 2,800 rpm
Torque: 860 lb-ft at 1,600 rpm
Head Material: Aluminum
Block Material: Compacted graphite iron
Compression Ration: 16.2:1
Valvetrain: OHV, with four valves per cylinder
Fuel Injection: High-pressure, common-rail
Induction: Single variable-geometry turbocharger
Aftercooling: Air-to-air intercooler
Emissions Rating: EPA, CARB
Emissions Equipment: EGR, DPF, SCR
Transmission: TorqueShift six-speed SelectShift automatic
Drive Type: Four-wheel drive
Steering Type: Power hydraulic
Front Suspension: Solid axle with twin-coil and 1.38-inch shock absorbers
Rear Suspension: Solid axle with Smart Hydraulic Suspension
Braking System: Four-wheel vented-disc ABS
Wheels: 20×10 Custom aluminum; 10-lug
Tires: 38×15.50R20 Toyo Open Country
Body Structure: Dual-layer, cold-steel, steel and composite panels
Final Assembly Point: Rancho Cucamonga, California
Weight and Capacities
  • Oil Capacity: 13 quarts
  • Fuel Capacity: 40 gallons
  • Curb Weight: 5,400 pounds
  • Tow Capacity: 10,000 pounds
Exterior Dimensions
  • Overall Length: 225 inches (without spare tire)
  • Overall Width: 96 inches
  • Overall Height: 88 inches
  • Wheelbase: 140 inches
Interior Dimensions
  • Seating: 5 (optional 7)
  • Headroom: 40.8 inches
  • Front Legroom: 43.9 inches
  • Rear Legroom: Varies by model
  • Front Shoulder Room: 66.7 inches
  • Rear Shoulder Room: Varies by model
  • Luggage Capacity: Depends on seating options
  • Standard Model: $204,000
    • Power windows (front only), Power locks, Power telescope side mirrors
    • Front and rear A/C system, independent rear blower control
    • Interior trim accented with black/tan, dark wood/silver/chrome
    • Black and tan leather front seats, power driver seat with side airbags; manual passenger seat with side airbag
    • Middle row seating; two black/tan leather eight-way power seats
    • USSV running boards
    • Alpine 24-Bit DAC, amplifier, subwoofer, and Media XPander Pro
    • App-Tronics SmartNav 5 navigation system
    • Backup camera with Ultrasonic Parking Radar
    • Securilock Passive Anti-Theft system
    • Leather -wrapped steering wheel and dash with dark wood accent
    • Leather -wrapped front and rear door panels with USSV logo
    • Interior carpet with custom-embossed floor mats
    • Leather Interior side walls
  • Optional Equipment:
    Select Model: $224,000
    Standard Model plus:

    • Ambient lighting
    • Alpine audio system (car play option)
    • Alpine drop-down DVD system
    • Push-start Smart Key system
    • Second-row luxury center console
    • Off-road wheel package
    • Heavy-duty tow package
    • Front, back, and side LED lightbars
  • Premium Model: $239,000
    Select Model plus:

    • Third-row power seats with center armrest
    • Sunroof
  • Executive Model: $315,000
    Select Model plus:

    • Dual alternators
    • Sunroof
    • Intercom system
    • Partition with 40-inch television
    • Premium entertainment system
    • Premium leather luxury power seats with heat control and footrests
    • Exotic wood/leather/chrome trim, luxury center console and central armrest with controls
    • KVH TRAC Vision A9 satellite receiver
Warranty Coverage
  • New Vehicle Limited Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
  • Corrosion Perforation: 3 years/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 years/60,000 miles
  • Safety Restraint System: 5 years/60,000 miles
  • 6.7L Power Stroke V-8: 5 years/100,000 miles
  • CLASS Hydraulic Suspension: 3 years/12 month labor

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