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Average people will probably never need an armored car, but that isn’t stopping demand for the fortified vehicles from rising this year.
Toronto-based Conquest Vehicles has announced the pricing and options available for their 2012 Knight XV fully-armored luxury SUV. The 2012 model will have a starting MSRP of $629,000 but will come with several standard features that used to be options on the previous model. For 2012, Conquest Vehicles revamped their Knight XV by redesigning the interior and cockpit, and now includes front and rear commercial-grade air ride suspension, front power windows, and a 360-degree roof mounted, joystick controlled searchlights. In addition, the vehicle has been widened and lengthened to go along with its freshened front end design.
For 2012, Conquest Vehicles has also streamlined their upgrade packages offering a Luxury Group, Security Group and a list of Stand Alone Upgrades. For the Luxury Group package, the Knight XV will be outfitted with electrostatic tinting, rear power windows, retractable ballistic glass partition, retractable flat screen television, siren, 2-way PA system with loud speaker, hidden front VIP strobes lights, forward and reverse parking sensors, an external intercom communication system, a Playstation3 or Xbox entertainment system, and a cigar humidor.
The Security Group package further reinforces the Knight XV with an under vehicle explosive protection system, opaque floor armor protection upgraded, undercarriage magnetic attachment detector, security safe, fire extinguisher, exterior surveillance camera system, positive pressure defense system against gas attacks, oxygen survival kit which offers protection against tear (CN/CS) as well as solid, liquid and gases contaminants.
One of the wildest car companies on the planet at the moment has got to be Dartz Prombron. This Russian automaker has made quite a few headlines with their over-the-top SUV’s featuring such optional extras such as diamonds and whale penis upholstery (how did they even find a supplier for that!).
Now they have teamed up with Grey Design (no, we haven’t heard of them either) to create an armored sportback called the Nagel. The model is named after Andrey Nagel who won the Monte Carlo rally in 1911. This special edition vehicle is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of that win. Nagel, an editor in chief of Avtomobil magazine was the first Russian to win this event and is still seen as a national hero.
The vehicle bearing his name is designed to pull yachts, and if the company’s claim of 2000-hp is to be believed, it won’t have any issue pulling a boat.
No date has been announced when the first Nagel will hit the parking lot of a marina.
Specifically designed for VIPs with good taste, Audi has announced an armored version of their lengthened luxury sedan. Dubbed the Audi A8 L Security, the strengthened sedan offers state-of-the-art modifications to protect against virtually any attack.
The A8 L Security is powered by a 6.3L W12 powerplant, pushing out 494-hp and 461 ft-lbs of torque which helps just a tad to combat against the added weight of the armoring. On the outside, the Security has received hot-formed armored steel, multilayer glass that has been polycarbonate-coated, reinforced side sills and tons of aramide fabric. All the interior armoring adds an additional 1,587 lbs while the window modifications bring on another 1,455 lbs. But hey, it’s a small price to pay to protect yourself against AK-47s and hand grenades.
Options to the A8 L Security range from the obvious to the ridiculous. An emergency exit system can be added, using pyrotechnic charges to blast open the doors, while fire protection system can be aimed the wheels, underbody, fuel tank and engine if needed. While those seem to be fairly acceptable precautions, an emergency fresh-air system is a bit startling. The system utilizes pressurized oxygen to ensure passengers can save themselves during chemical or gas attacks.
Not enough for you? Well, an LED signaling system, a siren and two-way communication (to talk to people outside the vehicle without lowering the windows) will also be available.
Naturally the A8 L sedan is still a luxury vehicle, so its interior options are plentiful ranging from a refrigerator to a relaxation seat equipped with heating, massage and power-adjustable footrest.
No pricing has been announced for the A8 L Security yet, but honestly can you put a price tag on peace of mind?
Official press release available after the break.