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AddArmor APR RS7

When we’re thinking about armored vehicles, we picture gargantuan SUVs, stretch limos, and other custom platforms. On the other hand, modern manufacturing methods are coming up with lightweight armor for smaller transportation. Meanwhile, there are unique exceptions wherein these upgrades are applied to sportier models. Not long ago, we showcased the Armormax 2018 Dodge Charger RT, which is quite the rare specimen, but now we have the AddArmor APR RS7.

It’s difficult to believe that this sleek coupe packs some serious ballistic protection at first glance. However, AddArmor assures its clientele that everything is in place to keep its occupants safe from harm. Moreover, there are claims that the APR RS7 is currently the world titleholder for the fastest armored car. Clocking in with a max speed of 202 miles per hour, it’s easy to see why this $205,000 tank deserves that recognition.

Conventional armor adds a hefty bulk to any vehicle that uses it, which is why the AddArmor APR RS7 is vastly different. Instead of using steel plating, the company is slapping on a special polycarbonate composite. Even more impressive is the fact that this material reportedly performs better than its metal counterpart. Moreover, it’s a lightweight option that just adds less than 200 pounds to the coupe’s standard weight.

Nitpicking a little more reveals that its armor level rating is B4 and is enough to withstand small arms fire. Additionally, APR is tuning the engine to squeeze out 760 horsepower that allows it to go from standstill to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. The AddArmor APR RS7 is a solid choice if you want to quickly move maneuver out of a dicey situation.

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Volvo XC90 Armored

Volvo is certainly bringing out the big guns as its sub-brand showcases its new combat-ready transport. Making its debut at the Paris Air Show 2019 at Le Bourget, the Arquus Scarabee is one mean ride you don’t want to mess with. We’re looking at a rugged 4×4 that flaunts ballistic armor, mine protection, and an adjustable ground clearance system. Now, the company is introducing something awesome for its regular customers with the new Volvo XC90 Armored.

Showcasing its military-grade prowess, the carmaker is taking a regular XC90 and tweaking its spec sheet a little bit. The name is already and dead giveaway because this capable SUV now sports next-level protection. We’re talking about a machine that boasts top-notch protection from explosives and gunfire. To be more specific the vehicle is parading a VPAM VR8 certification, which should put whoever is riding inside at ease. Those who want to own it can place their pre-orders now with deliveries expected before the year ends.

Going into detail, what we’re seeing here is 0.39-inch high-strength steel armor plating. Additionally, the windows are using ballistic glass about 1.96 inches thick. All of these modifications come at a price of an additional 3,089 lbs of weight on top. Nonetheless, the suspension and brakes are likewise receiving upgrades to manage the heavier setup. The Volvo XC90 Armored owes all of it’s top-tier improvements to a collaboration with TRASCO Bremen GmbH. What’s remarkable about this model is the fact that it discreetly resembles the stock version of the high-performance SUV.

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Arquus Scarabee

It should be obvious by now that we love rides that come with heavy armor. It might seem overboard for some, but it’s better to be safe than sorry as they say. So let’s get down to business and welcome another mechanical monster that’s heading our way. One look at the Arquus Scarabee and its love at first sight.

This 4×4 looks ready to ram through anything that stands in its way. It’s clear from the military-inspired aesthetics that this vehicle feels right at home on the battlefield. Hence, let’s dive in and find out what it brings to the table.

It’s hard to believe that this menacing machine comes from Volvo. On the other hand, if we think about it, the Swedish carmaker is known for building some of the safest cars in the market. Therefore, riding inside fully-armored behemoth is like being protected by a mobile bunker.

Arquus is a sub-brand that deals primarily with military-grade production. As such, the Scarabee is not exactly a 4×4 that will be hitting showrooms anytime soon. Nevertheless, we can always hope that enough demand will have them craft a consumer-tier model in the future.

Powering this beast is a hybrid system that allows it to toggle between two drive modes. By default, the Arquus Scarabee uses its gas and electric powertrain at the same time. However, it can quickly switch over to all-electric for near-silent operation during missions. Meanwhile, this 4×4 flaunts exceptional dual ground clearance settings, ballistic armor plating, mine protection, and other combat features.

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Armormax 2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Over the past few weeks, we’ve taken the time to check out some of the latest armored vehicles available. The list includes SUVs and trucks with modifications to protect the driver and passengers from threats. You’ve probably noticed that most of these heavy-duty transports are designed around automobiles that already have the muscle to move the added weight. Well, except maybe for select limousines that have upgraded engines. So here’s what we would like to point out as a game changer—the bullet-proof Armormax 2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

First of all, power won’t be a problem since this mean machine is already a beast with pure American muscle under its hood. The 6.4-liter V8 engine within its reinforced frame produces around 714 horsepower. This seems to be enough to keep the sedan mobile.

The company claims that its protection system is robust enough to withstand grenade blasts. Its cabin is protected by opaque armor (bullet-resistant fiberglass panels) and ballistic glass. It even includes gas masks that should prove useful in situations wherein chemical attacks are a threat.

Armormax even takes it to another level by installing electrified door handles and a tack dispenser to shred the tires of pursuing vehicles. Meanwhile, the 2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is immune from the previous hazard through a set of run-flat tires. Lastly, we found the matte black finish on the armored sedan seductively menacing.

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INKAS 2018 Mercedes-Benz G36 AMG Armored Limousine

Exceptional quality and performance is synonymous with European automotive brands like Mercedes-Benz. However, there are some elements that the carmaker sadly cannot provide, like elevated protection from various threats. Thankfully, a Canadian company that specializes in security services, is here to do just that. Let’s take a tour and find out more about the INKAS 2018 Mercedes-Benz G36 AMG.

One of its projects takes a German vehicle and makes it invulnerable to various forms of attack. Moreover, the upgrades are more than just about driver and passenger safety. Additionally, comfort alongside luxury is likewise on the to-do list. Therefore, this exotic blend of security, durability, extravagance, and extreme capabilities make this exclusive machine even more desirable.

Work starts off by taking a regular production model, taking it apart, stretching, and refitting it with BR7-class armor. Equally important, the protection-level offered by its heavy-duty shell and ballistic glass is reportedly strong enough to stop armor-piercing rounds. This threat-nullifying tank boasts an all-wheel-drive configuration. It draws power from a 563 horsepower 5.5-liter V8 engine with a 7-speed automatic transmission.

The leather-clad captain seats come with a personal control center that can operate most of the built-in functions and features. These babies can also fully recline and help ease the tension with its massage option. The INKAS 2018 Mercedes-Benz G36 AMG even has a perimeter surveillance system armed with thermal and infrared cameras. It records footage locally and uploads everything to a secure cloud server remotely.


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