The latest addition to the Kon-tiki line-up is a genuine head-turner. This is Swift's most expensive motorhome, bringing with it a huge payload, but once you get past the amazing dimensions of it, you'll admire the seriously impressive interior and layout. Make no mistake, this is one luxurious motorhome - though it's clearly also a niche model.
Base vehicle: Iveco Daily Price from: £146,490 Berths: 6 Travel seats: 4 Length: 9.04m Width: 2.35m Height: 3.24m Gross weight: 7,200kg Payload: 2,169kg
Back in the February issue of What Motorhome we reviewed the Fiat-based Kon-tiki 675, which, with a couple of options, took a Swift ’van through the £100k barrier. And yet here’s the latest addition to the Kon-tiki line-up, costing nearly half as much again!
Much of the extra cost is down to the chassis, which is an Iveco Daily rear-wheel drive chassis-cab with twin rear wheels (side-by-side). Power comes from a 3-litre Euro 6 diesel engine offering 180bhp – or 205bhp with the superb eight-speed Hi-Matic automatic transmission, which surely everyone will cough up the extra £2,995 for.
The chassis has also been re-engineered by specialist firm, Meier, adding a substantial structure with double floor to house the 230-litre fresh water tank and 145-litre waste water tank. There’s a 70-litre gas tank to serve the habitation area, too, as well as a 170-litre diesel tank for the engine. And the basement area additionally houses a 3.5kW petrol generator, while you might also consider adding the E&P automatic hydraulic levelling system – it’s £5,995 but so much more suitable than levelling wedges for a motorhome like this!
Bar the unfamiliar cab, the styling is familiar Kon-tiki and uses Swift’s SMART construction. It also comes with 16in alloy wheels, a built-in awning, four underfloor pannier lockers, LED exterior lighting, a barbecue point and towbar. The last item is a key feature as the Iveco can tow up to 3.5 tonnes (gross train weight is a massive 10.7 tonnes) – perfect for towing a race car.
You can drive the Kon-tiki Dynamic on a C1 category licence but, if the combined weight of vehicle and trailer exceeds 8,250kg, you’ll need to pass the C1+E theory and practical tests.
The Dynamic’s payload is over two tonnes, so you should have few worries about overloading. And, if it’s the sheer size of this nine-metre leviathan that concerns you, then the standard Swift Vision system (with two colour side cameras and two rear cameras) will ensure you have excellent all-round visibility.
Inside, there’s much that’s familiar Kon-tiki but the black leather seating creates a different look. There’s Alde ‘wet’ central heating, too, as well as underfloor heating in the lounge area and lofty 2.09m interior headroom. The layout also features a 1.90m by 1.34m overcab bed and rear twin singles over the garage, each measuring 1.93m by 0.81m (manufacturer’s figures).
The rear bedroom has the Stargazer roof window and an extra bed can also be made up in the lounge. If you need a full six-berth vehicle, the 675 Lounge version can be swapped for the standard 675 with a pullman dinette rather than the offside L-shaped settee.
The specification is comprehensive, with cab air-con, air-suspended front seats, sat-nav, Bluetooth, heated windscreen and even a wireless charging mat.
In the living area, meanwhile, you’ll discover a 190-litre fridge/freezer with door which opens from either side, Corian acrylic stone kitchen worktops, two 100Ah leisure batteries, built-in WiFi via a boosted 4G/3G signal and the Swift Command control system with 7in touchscreen and the associated app to operate heating and lighting from your phone. There’s a Category 6 tracking system and the VIN Chip identification system to deter theft of your motorhome, too.