No one could accuse Trakka of ever taking the modest path through motorhome building. As far as we know, it’s still the only company to ever enter its products into overland rallies, including the four times in the Australian Safari in vehicles as varied as a pop-top Troopy camper and high-roof Volkswagen T3 Syncro.
However, Trakka’s latest, and probably fastest ever, campervan is not the sort to be bounded recklessly across the continent in the pursuit of glory, but instead looks to be a stunningly built piece of luxury camper that’ll blow any other camper off at the lights.
The Trakkadu 450 S is built on Volkswagen’s most powerful version of the Transporter with the 150kW, 450Nm bi-turbo diesel engine and a 4Motion all-wheel drive driveline. It’ll likely be a slick thing to bundle up the highway, with adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, privacy and heat insulated windows (heading to the snow by any chance?) and rear step protection. Trakka has added to the package, 17in alloy wheels, a slimline solar panel on the roof, a lithium battery system and high-end interior furnishing.
The 450 S will be completed with Trakka’s Plus Pack, an extra’s package that adds a swag of high-end gear to the campers. That includes at aforementioned lithium batteries as well as an app connect function, reverse camera, Volkwagen’s light and sight package, colour matched bumpers, fog lights and window screens and blinds. There’s also an electric awning, 38-litre grey water tank, crockery set, a sliding side door screen and a rear annexe for extra living space.
The lithium battery pack includes a 125ah battery which is light weight and much faster to reach full charge. As it’s usable capacity is 25 per cent higher, it also offers more power for the same size battery when compared to an AGM. It’s partnered with a 15amp, five-stave 240-volt lithium battery charger and 25amp, five stage DC to DC lithium charger.
The newest Trakkadu is expected to sell at the higher end of the campervan market, and will go onsale in September for $135,000, although the model pictured is $140,700 with metallic paint, electric sliding door a custom black roof sleeve and anthracite roof.
Also, for your viewing pleasure, here’s a video of the high-roof camper racing through the outback.
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