Weighing in at over 15 tons, this machine was designed to take 7 Soviet Army soldiers across the German border and offer them fire support via its 14.5mm cannon. Why more wheels? Well, to prevent a vehicle from sinking into the ground, you need more surface area to disperse the weight of the vehicle. More wheels equals more surface equals a better vehicle. Also, if one of the tires were to get damaged, there are plenty of extras to take up the load.
A top speed of 90 km/h doesn't impress you? How about the fact that it can swim! Can your Range Rover do that?
Anastasia Tregubova, our favorite Russian test driver recently got a chance to get behind the wheel of one of these beasts and you can tell she was impressed. And why shouldn't she, when she has the might of the Soviet era at her pretty fingertips.