Militem Ferox-T is an American truck with some Italian panache
And 281 hp from its Pentastar V6
There isn’t a great deal of overlap between car people and car buyers. Right off the top of my head, I can only think of two types of vehicles that petrolheads like and people actually buy: saloons/sedans - but that’s quickly going out the window because these days everybody buys SUVs - and trucks.
There’s a no-nonsense, blue-collar element to trucks that we appreciate. Given the chance, I’d take a pick-up truck over an SUV equivalent any day of the week and this is no exception. It’s called the Militem Ferox-T (stylised ‘Ferōx’) and I’d rather drive this than its SUV cousin, the Ferox.
It’s based on the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, and built by Militem, an Italian tuning company that specialises in JEEP- and Dodge-based vehicles with better interior, upgraded exterior and more power.
The company was founded in 2017 by Cavauto, the go-to importer of US vehicles for the Italian market and this is their fourth vehicle after the Magnum (based on the Dodge RAM 1500), the Hero (based on the Renegade) and the Ferox (based on the Wrangler).
Ferox-T is powered by a 3.6-litre Pentastar V6, sending 285 PS (281 hp) and 353 Nm (252 ft lbs) of torque to all four wheels, via an 8-speed automatic transmission with flappy paddles. They’ve also fitted a 2-inch lift kit, adjustable suspension, and a Black Performance exhaust system to give it a throaty, gravelly sound.
The standard grille was replaced with a honeycomb one, which is available with gloss black finish or carbon fibre, paired with wider wheel arches and larger front and rear bumpers. There’s also a custom made roll-bar with upgraded LED headlamps and 20-inch wheels specifically designed for the T.
For the truck bed, they’ve used a nautical-grade, waterproof material, and speaking of which, the Ferox-T can tow up to 3,500 kg (7,715 lbs).
Customers can pick just about any colour and fabric they like for the interior. As standard, you get a combo of Alcantara and leather but you can opt for various types of leather and fabrics, including denim.
Pricing starts at €97,490 Euro+VAT. So where exactly can you find Militem vehicles? As things stand, they’ve got four showrooms (Monza, Bologna, Padova, Mantova and the Principality of Monaco), with four more coming soon (Czech Republic, Slovakia, The Netherlands and Germany.)
I haven’t driven the Ferox-T yet but I have driven the Ferox and I liked it. It’s like a Wrangler but better, more fun, less predictable.
We can‘t buy sedans and wagons because manufacturers won’t sell them, we can’t buy sportscars because they’re being taxed to oblivion, but there’s still hope. We gotta change the paradigm in our mind. So hey, mini vans are the new trucks, and trucks are the new supercars.