• Apr 14, 2011
Personal protection is a big deal south of the border, and the people of Mexico reportedly spend upwards of $80 million per year on armored vehicles. When we think of armored cars, we tend to think about Chevy Tahoes and Ford Expeditions, but Volkswagen has for years offered a smaller, slightly more affordable option.

The Bora Protect is little more than a previous-generation Jetta, except it can stop a bullet. The no-doubt heavy little sedan costs about $70,000 in U.S. funds, but if that's what it takes to stop a high-velocity round from entering the cabin, it's likely money well spent. And as an added bonus, buyers of the Bora Protect receive the superior interior of the last-generation Jetta, as opposed to the cost-cut cabin of the current model.

And as you might expect, the base 115-horsepower 2.0-liter engine isn't the mill of choice when you're hauling several hundreds of pounds worth of Kevlar and other bullet blockers. For 70-large you also get the 200-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter mill mated to a six-speed DSG for (at least close to) proper motivation. Run-flat rubber makes shooting out the tires a less-fruitful endeavor, as well.

Something tells us that the 2.0T isn't quite as peppy under the hood of the Bora Protect as it is in the GLI, but then again, the Bora Protect is about stopping bullets, not driving like one.

[Source: Volkswagen]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I recently read that one reason Mexico-built (US destined) VWs have acquired such a poor reputation is that VW Execs are too scared to visit the factory regularly and give it semi autonomy, so it's quality has been allowed to drift away from other VW output.
        • 3 Years Ago
        My 09 US spec Jetta TDI I bought in Germany (so made in Mexico, shipped to NY, then to Germany) had the steering wheel installed off center. I thought the alignment might have been off a bit, but when I took it to the local Skoda (and VAG service) dealer, he said he sees it all the time from VWs made in other countries and had it fixed real quick.

        My headlights are also the Euro ones (flat cutoff with the kickup on the right) instead of the US (nearly flat cutoff).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't kidnapping of rich kids in Mexico city big business? Be worth it to have a Jetta, black out the windows and most people wouldn't bother you compared if you were in a Range Rover. Also, be good if you live in Los Angels.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess this is Mexico's equivalent of the armored Toyota Camrys in the Middle East. Sometimes a low profile is better.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm surprised that no one point out that even with a 2.0T with 200 hp....It's probably not up for the job for a Armor Vehicle....>.> Looking at 12sec to 60s
      • 3 Years Ago
      How bad the world has to get in order for ordinary people to drive in a bullet resistance car?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cbuckeye
        You are completely wrong.
        The weapons come from the Mexican military, who buy them from Russia/Germany/China.

        Legalize the drugs, all the problems go away.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ordinary people don't drive armored cars in Mexico.

        People who want to protect themselves in Mexico drive around in regular armored vehicles, like Toyotas and Volkswagens to be less conspicuous that driving around an armored Tahoe or BMW, where you would stick out like a sore thumb.

        So it's only natural that VW would try to capitalize on this business.
        • 3 Years Ago
        +1000

        Plus the huge appetite of USA for drugs.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Are you honestly saying the gun laws are to blame for the collateral damage of the war on drugs?
        • 3 Years Ago
        > It depends on the country. Kidnapping is big business in Mexico.

        Add the fact that there's a lot of lead mosquitoes flying around in Mexico these days...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Our inability to keep our guns within our borders and off the black market is a factor, but no one would say it's the whole problem.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You can thank the USA's lax gun laws (everybody and their children should have access to an assault rifle) the porous border for the situation in MX. Easy access to weapons have made the cartels a virtual standing army.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let me know when kevlar becomes an option on the new Golf 'R'.......
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here in Brazil armored cars are kinda middle class dream, especially in big cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

      Currently we can armor a small car such as Ford Fiesta for less than U$15k, and there are ads for this kind of service in every car magazine.

      I know it's strange, but it is our reality. Lol
      • 3 Years Ago
      In Brazil I have been inside an armored Toyota Corolla.
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