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Hummer EV Tests Watts To Freedom Mode To Celebrate Independence Day

No vehicle as heavy as the GMC Hummer EV can be this quick, can it? Believed to tip the scales at a whopping 9,046 pounds (4,103 kilograms), the tri-motor version is far from being the Miata of trucks when it comes to weight. Despite its heft, the reborn Hummer with its 1,000-horsepower flagship version hits 60 mph in around three seconds per GM’s estimations.

General Motors is providing a glimpse of the electric super truck’s acceleration capabilities by showing off its patriotic-themed Watts to Freedom mode, just in time for the Fourth of July celebrations. WTF is marketing speak for the Hummer EV’s launch control and is demonstrated here in a publicity stunt by showing a prototype hitting around 71 mph (114 km/h).

Eagled-eyed viewers will notice the squeaky-clean truck from the beginning picks up quite a lot of dirt by the end of the video, which can only mean the clip is a montage of several runs. It’s far from being the most compelling video of the Hummer EV’s WTF mode, but seeing such a large and heavy vehicle hunker down as the driver slams on the accelerator pedal is a special sight.

Even though it weighs more than a diesel-powered GMC Sierra 3500HD crew cab with dual rear wheels (8,355 lbs / 3,790 kg), the new Hummer promises to deliver supercar-like acceleration. It’s just as quick to 60 mph as a current-gen Ford GT even though it’s nearly three times heavier, primarily thanks to the immense instant torque delivered by the three motors. It’s not the 11,500 lb-ft advertised by GMC because that refers to wheel torque, but likely in or near the five-digit territory.

As a refresher, only the Edition 1 fitted with all the bells and whistles will be going on sale this fall, priced at $112,595. Next fall, the EV3X will be launched at $99,995 with the tri-motor setup, adaptive air suspension, WTF mode, four-wheel steering (CrabWalk), and other goodies. The two-motor EV2X will arrive in spring 2023 from $89,995 while the base EV2 is due in spring 2024 with fewer standard features for $79,995.


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