We can’t stop talking about the Crab Walk

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The 2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup defies reason and reason in most ways. It’s a pickup that weighs over 9,000 pounds, but does the 0-60 mph sprint in about 3.0 seconds. It sounds like something to be afraid of, but it’s also something you want to experience. It’s a technical feat to get something so heavy to move so fast, but that’s what the EV revolution has brought upon us.

GMC gets the Hummer up and moving as fast as it does with three electric motors — one in the front and two in the rear — that combine for a nutty 1,000 horsepower and 1,200 pound-feet of torque. All that power is unleashed in Watts To Freedom (WTF) mode. Your place begins to rumble; the air suspension lowers you to the ground and an electrifying soundtrack plays over the speakers to match your throttle applications. Launching this super truck is an event every time, but because of its extra high ride height and off-road chops, sending it down your favorite trail is, too. That is, assuming the track is wide enough to fit the giant Hummer. The lumpy off-road tires keep the Hummer from being even mildly entertaining when exploring the truck’s handling…but who cares.

Our particular tester is an Edition 1 model, meaning it comes with every option you can think of. As such, the price is $110,295. For the amount of performance and capability on display here, that number sounds surprisingly right. It also fits Hummer’s status as a super truck, where you get everything you could ever want in one package, anywhere.

Managing Editor Greg Migliore — The Hummer EV is the biggest rock star vehicle I’ve tested in quite some time. Literally. It is huge and attracts lots of well-deserved attention. The Hummer design is perfect, especially the grille, lights and flared fenders. It looks the part. At $110,000, it should have some substance, too, and this Edition 1 delivers Super Cruise, Watts to Freedom, and CrabWalk, not to mention GMC’s MultiPro tailgate and removable Sky Panel roof.

It feels quick, as you’d expect something with 1,000bhp to feel, and it’s shockingly manoeuvrable. I CrabWalked down my street to show off, navigated around things on the diagonal and amused the neighbors. Only the standard four-wheel steering function, which works similar to those offered by various other cars, allows the Hummer to turn easily and safely. I got about 60 miles of range at a ChargePoint in 20 minutes, so not as fast as possible, but it was serviceable. Overall, I enjoyed my time in the Hummer EV, and it feels like a true halo vehicle for GMC.

Consumer Editor Jeremy Korzeniewski — Watts to Freedom is absolutely insane. I strapped myself into the GMC Hummer EV, used a few buttons and switches to put the marauding electric truck into proper head-throwing mode, hit the stop pedal, and off I went. I have not felt the belly drop like that in any other vehicle that I can remember. It could be its own Cedar Point theme park.

The rest of the truck is, well, badass too. But I mean that as a compliment. It’s big, heavy, powerful and probably almost unstoppable when the going gets tough. I also threw the suspension to its tippiest peak, and there’s plenty of ground clearance under the flat EV platform. Crab walk mode is gimmicky, true, but it’s also useful. I set up a tight track using sticks I found on the ground and was able to cross the makeshift track with a skill I didn’t expect, thanks to the tricky four-wheel steering.

If it weren’t so damn expensive (and sold out for the next few years), I’d walk a crab right into my driveway.

2022 GMC Hummer EV

2022 GMC Hummer EV

News Editor Joel Stocksdale: There is no doubt that the Crab Walk is getting attention. It’s strange to see a vehicle of any kind moving like that, and it’s even more uncanny from the inside. It’s also impressively easy to activate, as you simply have to hold down the button for a few moments and it activates. That being said, I find there are few times that it is useful. And the four-wheel steering that makes it possible isn’t the most revolutionary. Heck, GM offered some seriously aggressive rear-wheel steering with Quadrasteer pickups almost 20 years ago. I think it’s very cool and is a good party trick, but I don’t think this will revolutionize the industry and has some limited practical applications.

Road Test Editor Zac Palmer — There’s been a lot of ink spilled about how the Hummer EV is an electric car that’s not good for the environment, but I tend to fall on the side of … so what? The Hummer is not here to save the world. Instead, it’s here to serve as a technologically advanced super truck. Just as a supercar manufacturer pushes the limits of performance with new engine or suspension technology, GMC pushes the limits of what can be done when you throw piles of money at something to produce the wildest off-road vehicle you can. It’s full of epic features like WTF mode, CrabWalk and digital screens powered by video game engines. When you drive around it, you feel like you are driving a cartoon on wheels. It just doesn’t make any sense, and that’s OK!

I don’t really mind that it’s terribly inefficient for an electric car. Anyone who can afford the six-figure asking price can afford to keep their massive battery charged. The same argument can be made for or against vehicles like a Bentley Flying Spur or Lamborghini Huracan. No, nobody needs this level of performance… but you want it. For its price, there should be no compromises, and when it comes to electric cars, Hummer hits that mark as well as anything out there.

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