• Mar 29, 2007

We enjoy reporting on even the most removed niche vehicles on the market, but here's something that will only be of interest to drug lords living in the hillside jungles of South America, because few others would have use for an armored, stretched Range Rover (with the possible exception of the British royals).

This Range Rover has been stretched by 25 centimeters (about ten inches), primarily to the benefit of its rear seat occupants. The body panels and floor have been lined and plated in Kevlar, the same stuff police use in their bulletproof vests. Reinforced windows have been fitted that can even withstand volleys from automatic machine guns and sniper rifles. Match all that with an Explosafe rupture- and fire-proof fuel tank and the requisite run-flat tires, and you've got yourself a very swanky armored personnel carrier.

Since such a vehicle is likely to spend most of its life helping occupants evade capture by US drug enforcement agents, it's only fitting that it has been outfitted with all that gear by First Defense, an American personal security firm.

[Source: Sybarites]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      This is just what our ex-pats need overseas, now that we've destroyed our reputation in the world and everyone hates us. Thanks Range Rover for seeing this niche. Maybe someday we'll all be travelling in armored cars ... that'll really make the world safe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GREAT, now you can sit in perfectly armoured safety in your "Achilles Blue" Rangie, while waiting for Land Rover Roadside Recovery to come flatbed your vehicle to the dealership becasue shrapnel has punctured your airbag suspension, and imobolized you.

      If someone really wants to make a Range Rover safer, they should start with troubleshooting the electrical system that throws fault codes likes Lindsey Lohan throws temper tantrums.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they are wanted drug lords, I'm betting the armor won't stop a 55lb Hellfire missle from a CIA predator drone LOL.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Anti-american post number 2 for today. 1st was the "mission Acomplished" smear in the tundra thread. What is wrong with you people today?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey, a perfect vehicle for well-heeled terrorists.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Here's that link to the ACTUAL builder's website:

      http://www.carat-duchatelet.be/gallery/gallery2.htm
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is just untrue. That Range Rover is built by a Belgian company called Carat-Duchatelet that specializes in custom limousines. Check out their website, that same photo is up there.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Drug lords???

      That would be very interesting here in Brazil, the market for this kind of modification is growing fast here, mainly because violence levels are growing fast too.