Security is an essential aspect for any human being but it gets more complex when you need a bullet proof ride to protect your HVT (High Value Target) or find yourself in a position where your life is always at risk and need an armoured car to keep the bad guys at bay.
Politicians, government officials, celebrities, military personnel including criminals too use bullet proof vehicles to ensure their safety on a daily basis. They are made to withstand bullets, bombs and other means of violent attack.
You would be surprised by what money can buy when you go around searching for bullet proof cars or armoured vehicles as they usually refer to them. There a quite a number of options for you to choose from with each vehicle having its own unique upgrades depending on how much you’re willing to spend. However, very few of them are considered as being the best.
With that said, let’s get right into it and find out which bullet proof/armoured cars top the list for being the most safe to travel in;
The best 10 bullet proof vehicles you can actually own today.
10. B7 Armoured Lexus LX 570
The huge luxurious sport utility vehicle (SUV), is a rugged off-road beast with an elegant look well known for its luxury. It holds a powerful 5.7 V8 engine, an 8-speed automatic, permanent AWD (All Wheel Drive) and can carry eight passengers.
The armoured Lexus LX 570 is mostly used by VIP’s, UN organisations, NGO’s and provides ballistic protection up to CEN Level B7 on all sides. Meaning its also bullet proof and can protect passengers from small arms fire.
9. Karlmann King
Weighing over 6 tonnes, the Karlmann King looks like a futuristic version of the Batmobile. It has a stealth like design similar to that of a Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk stealth bomber plane. Its the most expensive SUV in the world costing a whopping $2million (Uganda shillings 7,409,988,000).
The armoured version comes with ballistic protection. The Karlmann King is based on the Ford F-550 with power provided by a 6.8-liter V10 engine with 420 horsepower.
8. Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard
When you want to make a statement to your enemies, why not choose the stylish Mercedes Maybach S600 Pullman Guard. Let your comrades know that even extra protection does come in style.
The Pullman Guard is easily one of the most expensive Mercedes models on the market costing around €1.4 million (Uganda shillings 5,747,612,025). If that’s not making a statement, then I don’t know what is.
The Mercedes-Maybach Pullman Guard comes with bulletproof tires, polycarbonate-coated windows and a steel bulkhead to secure the heads of the passengers in case of a terrorist attack. Weighing 5.6 tons, it holds a twin-turbo V12 engine with 523 horsepower and 900 Newton-meters (664 pound-feet) of torque just to get it moving.
7. Audi A8 L Security
Don’t be surprised, Audi has a long standing tradition when it comes to building cars with the best safety features money can buy. The Audi A8 L Security, built in 2014 was once ranked as the number 1 super luxury car in United States.
A lot of thought was put into designing the A8, making it suitable for every possible attack scenario. It is fitted with the best B7 armor plating which is capable of repelling most bullets and explosives including a switch that allows it detonate explosives to blow out the windshield as a means of emergency evacuation.
6. BMW 760Li High Security
Being the first model in the world in 2009 to be certified to BRV with the best ballistic protection level VR7, the BMW 760Li High Security series is a young man’s dream come true.
The coolest thing about the BMW 760Li High Security is its capability to protect passengers against a gas attack. If the car detects high levels of dangerous gas, its censors ensure that all windows and vents automatically close, allowing clean air to be pumped into the car.
Apart from that, the 760Li is able to safe guard you against explosives and comes with an intercom system that makes it possible for occupants to communicate with others outside of the car without having to open the doors or roll down the windows.
Now here is the kicker, despite being a 2009 entry, the reason why its no. 6 is because the vehicle itself does not have armor added to it. Its actually built to be armored from the start and according to BMW, the only vehicle in the world safer than this one is US president’s armored car.
5. AddArmor Audi RS7
Considered to be the world’s fastest armoured car with 760bhp and 800lb ft of torque, the AddArmor Audi RS7 is equipped with composite armor, ballistic glass, electrified door handles, sound cannons, a PA system, tear gas, run-flat tires, and pepper spray dispensers. All its missing is a Need for Speed sticker.
The armoured Audi RS7 is a proper car for a distinguished African dictator who loves hitting civilians with tear gas every time they feel threatened (no pun intended).
According to Pete Blaber, CEO of AddArmor, a Wyoming firm based in the United States, the RS7 brings to the table a military-grade lightweight composite vehicle armor, ballistic glass and special forces style emergency communications to the established market for diplomatic corps, military and civilian contractors operating in dangerous locations, but also to high-value private citizens.
4. Dartz Prombron
The name is definitely weird even when you try to pronounce it, but that shouldn’t fool you one bit. The Dartz Prombron is powered by a General Motors 6.6-liter diesel V8 engine with around 450 HP and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque.
It has 22-inch bullet-proof wheels and windows coupled with a special under body protection with some it having gold plating. It’s not pretty like some of the other armoured cars since its not meant to be so.
3. Texas Armoring Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6
Costing about $1,335,000 (Uganda shillings 4,946,166,990) each, Texas Armoring announced plans back in 2013 to build a handful of Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6s with B6+ armor.
Its not certain whether the company built any however, the G63 6×6 versions were meant withstand arms fire and provide enough protection against AK-47 bullets.
2. Trasco Aston Martin DB11
James Bond fans must be celebrating with champagne right about now. The Trasco Aston Martin DB11 is the most powerful and efficient ‘DB ‘production model in Aston Martin’s history according to the German company.
The DB11 takes grand touring heritage to unprecedented heights with an upgraded new TRASCO Q Line A-KIP (anti-kidnapping) lightweight armouring kit which is capable of stopping handgun fire. Its also a great choice against kidnapping or car-jacking.
1. Rezvani TANK
The Rezvani Tank is an Xtreme Utility Vehicle (XUV) which boasts a standard 3.6-liter 285-horsepower V6 engine (base price version) and an optional ballistic-armor package. Its a tactical urban vehicle built for any off-road and on-road challenge with a starting price of $155,000 (Uganda shillings 574,274,070).
The Rezvani is called a tank for a reason as it comes with a massive 16 inch, and powerful 8 piston brake calipers, a capable four wheel drive system,a steel body-on-frame design, electromagnetic pulse protection (in case you find yourself in nuclear war) and a thermal night vision system.
Basically, you could go deer hunting in the night with this beast of a machine. There is also a 1,000bhp supercharged V8 version from Dodge Demon.
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Author: Allan Bangirana
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