- “It's Beauty and the Beast.”— Advertisement for the Civilian Warthog
Designed and manufactured by AMG Transport Dynamics, the three and half-ton civilian edition of the M12 FAV Warthog is available in a wide range of colors, trim, and equipment specifications. This heavy duty off-road vehicle is extremely popular with off-world explorers. Compared to the military version, this is a luxurious automobile, with trans-system GPS, omni-directional networked surround sound, complete user-specific voice control, a highly efficient long range power cell and the capability to drive itself.
- “Drive with reckless abandon in the new 12th-gen Hog. Comfort, luxury, bone-crushing power; it's beauty and the beast.”— Warthog advertisement
The last revision (2549) had less power than the 2553 model per wheel in terms of horsepower and kilo-wattage. As with every other iteration of the Hog, each wheel has an independent drive-by-wire electric motor, with power generated by a forward-housed low-profile hydrogen I/C plant. The hydrogen fuel is burned at very high temperature with a synthetic carbon and silicon catalyst to achieve better fuel consumption.
It features a Graf/Hauptman solar/saline actuator capable of converting up to 12 liters of fresh, brackish, or salt water into hydrogen, with increased efficiency allowing the vehicle to get a range of around 200 kilometers after an overnight condensation capture. It has advanced computer systems that allow a perfect distribution of power to every wheel over any surface and is only prone to flipping in hard-bank turns. Thanks to an increased structural rigidity and gas-inflated restraints, this vehicle holds the honor of having the highest passenger safety rating of any recreation vehicles in 2553.
The standard model starts at a hefty 86,000 UN Credits. A manual-transmission version stickers at UNCr 81,000, while the limited edition wood-trimmed Classic Edition with winch, tow and luggage rack tops out at a price of UNCr 91,000.
- “...best driving utility vehicle on the market.”— Car & Pilot Magazine
The 2556 model appears to maintain many of the same features that the previous models did. However, the chassis was updated with the most modern look of the military version. It also appears that this model is in limited production.
- The golden Warthog is obtainable within Halo 2: Anniversary's forge.
- A billboard for a gold Civilian Warthog can be spotted on the Halo 2 multiplayer maps Headlong, Turf, Terminal, and District, and the campaign level Metropolis. In Headlong's Halo: Reach remake, Breakneck another similar poster can be seen.
- The Warthog and Hog's relation is a parallel to the present days' Humvee and Hummer, and the past's military jeep and civilian jeep.
- The M12 Warthog CST will be added to Forza Horizon 3, as a bonus for the players of The Master Chief Collection and Halo 5: Guardians via code sent by Xbox through the messaging system, on September 27th, 2016