Life is too short to be stuck to the asphalt or tarmac. If you are looking for thrills beyond regular run-of-the-mill roads, or dirt tracks that would put your driving skill to the test, then dune may be the next terrain to do just that. If so, here’s a ride you may be interested in: Sierra Echo Utility Terrain Vehicle.
But the Sierra Echo ain’t no regular old UTV. It is a single-cockpit powerhouse that delivers incredible performance with up to 280 hp and 350 lb-ft (475 Nm) of torque.
Don’t be fooled by its appearance—it’s not just fast, it’s race-car-level quick. With a power-to-weight ratio akin to a GT3 race car, this machine guarantees a thrilling ride. Experience instant torque and a top speed of over 100 mph (161 km/h), this little guy will leave you grinning even in your sleep.
Thanks to its open-wheel chassis and adaptable suspension, the SIERRA ECHO is a versatile master of all driving realms. Whether it’s tearing up circuits or conquering off-road rally stages, short courses, and dirt trails, this vehicle’s prowess knows no bounds. And oh, it is capable of drifting on asphalt too.
There are three models to choose from. There’s the Sierra Echo, the Sierra Echo R-Spec, and the limited Sierra Echo Block Edition which has just 7 examples to go around, each showcasing a custom-designed livery.
All three models are powered by Hypercraft R300Si powertrain paired to Hypercraft POWER HyperPack 18 kWh 3-piece battery @450V and are all rear-wheel-drive with quick change gear ratio. But the R-Spec and Block Edition’s powertrain further benefit from the SADEV differential.
Both R-Spec and Block Edition have a 10,000 RPM motor speed while the regular Echo tops out at 9,000 RPM. The shocks on the entry-level model and R-Spec are Fox 2.5 QS3, while Block Edition’s handling is bolstered by Exit EXT RESERVOIR.
While Echo rolls on off-road tires with steel wheels, R-Spec is outfitted with 26” Gravel Rally with aluminum wheels. Block Edition has the same 26” Gravel Rally wheels but they are wrapped in Yokohama slicks.
The physical dimensions of all three models are the same, though the entry model is 100 lbs (45 kg) lighter than the other two models at 1,400 lbs (635 kg).
Performance aspect, Echo’s electric motor is rated at 150 horses and 250 lb-ft (339 Nm) of torque while R-Spec and Block Edition are 280 HP and 380 lb-ft (475 Nm). While R-Spec and Block Edition go over 100 mph (161 km/h) and make 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, the Echo tops out at 80 mph and sprints from 0-60 in a respectable 5.5 seconds.
The new Sierra Echo UTV is open for reservation now with delivery in 2024. Prices start at US$39,000 for the Echo, and US$74,900, and US$84,900 for the R-Spec and Block Edition.
Images: Sierra Cars.