It's sure to top every dictator's wish list.
Efficient Drivetrains and American Repower are partnering to convert a fleet of six armored vans to run on a combination of natural gas and a plug-in hybrid. The first of them should be ready in 2016.
BMW has brought a slightly different concept vehicle to the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Rather than something that foreshadows a future product or a new design direction, the Munich-based manufacturer has brought an X5 that's designed to be shot at. It's called the Concept X5 Security Plus. The Concept X5 name is a bit misleading, though. It's based on the 2014 X5, while BMW already builds an armored CUV, called the X5 Security. The concept tag has to do with the "Security Plus" part.
President Obama has used the same armored limo since his inauguration in 2008. Known by many as The Beast, the Presidential Limo was provided by Cadillac and earned its nickname in large part because of its massive size, which isn't surprising considering that its Caddy-shaped bodywork is said to sit atop a heavy-duty truck chassis.
Going up against an organized military must be quite a challenge, but Syrian rebels have used a little ingenuity to give themselves a fighting chance in the country's civil war. Judging by the fact that the uprising has lasted for more than a year now, the fighters definitely have skills in weapons and military tactics, but some of the rebels have displayed a different sort of skill by busting out their torches and welders to create this homemade tank.
In a move that makes us say, "Well... of course," The Guardian reports that Bentley is contemplating the creation of a division that would build "armour-plated" versions of its cars. The competitors in mass-market luxury and premium luxury already have such divisions – BMW just announced the latest versions of its armored 7 Series and Rolls-Royce launched an armored Phantom five years ago, for starters – and third-party companies are already producing armored Mulsannes and Flying Spu
They do things a little differently in Japan. Now that we've qualified for the Understatement Of The Year award, allow us to elaborate. Here in the United States, banks rely on privately-contracted security services to move large quantities of money from one secure location to another. These armed guards roll around our cities in the urban equivalent of wheeled tanks, complete with heavy armor, tires that can't be flattened and enough bulletproof glass to make the president seriously consider tr
Internet and YouTube phenom FPS Russia – no, he's not really Russian and yes, his accent, though amusing, is fake – tends to go a little bit overboard at times. He loves guns and blowing things up, and the bigger the boom it makes, the better.
The Volkswagen Bora Protect could possibly be the world's most fuel-efficient, factory-built armored sedan. Powered by the automaker's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and paired to VW's six-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the Protect version of the Bora (called the Jetta in the U.S.) has all the makings of a fuel-efficient four-door, but hundreds of pounds of tank-like armor probably increases its appetite for gasoline rather dramatically.
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.
2010 BMW X5 Security Plus – Click above for high-res image gallery
Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured – Click above for high-res image gallery
Testing BMW's armor plating – Click above to watch video after the jump
We're not precisely sure how to treat this one, so we're going to go ahead and use the "jump in with both feet" method. TLC is launching a new reality show called Family Armor that follows the exploits of two Mormon brothers-in-law that build bulletproof cars for a living. That doesn't sounds so sexy. Try this quote from the press release on for size: