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 |  Feb 26 2012, 8:49 PM


If a special vehicles automaker wanted to build a bespoke automobile specifically for China’s wealthiest, it would adorn the automobile with every imaginable luxury appointment and would dedicate its masterpiece after the Year of the Dragon.

In Chinese culture, the dragon represents power, prosperity, and good fortune. Earlier this year, Rolls Royce took this opportunity to offer the elite ‘Year of the Dragon’ Phantom for $1.2 million. Aston Martin also celebrated Chinese New Year with special “Dragon88″ offerings for its Vantage S, Virage, and DBS models, exclusively for the Chinese Market.

Dartz decided to follow suit by introducing a Dragon of its own. The Latvian premium armored vehicle company announced 12 Dartz Prombron Black Dragon edition SUVs for a cosmic sum of $7 million dollars each. What should one expect to receive from a vehicle that’s priced to compete with a 4 bedroom luxury apartment in New York City?

The Dartz Prombron Black Dragon not only receives all the standard armor specifications, but also features a golden Dartz logo encrusted with diamonds and rubies as well as extravagant wheels with inlaid gold machine-gun bullets and dragon designs. For its interior, passengers will enjoy a 42-inch TV, an electrochromic roof, and piano-black flooring. Finally, the special Prombron offers a wheelbase stretched by approximately another two feet. Surprisingly, the $7 million price tag does not entail a dragon penis upholstery package, mythical creatures are harder to find than the whale penis used in previous Prombrons.

Chassis and powertrain comes from GM, with a choice of either a diesel or gasoline V8.

GALLERY: Dartz Prombon Black Dragon


Check out the video of the ridiculous rolling luxury bank vault below:

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 |  Aug 26 2011, 1:30 PM

Russian armored vehicle company Dartz claims its ultra-safe Prombron Iron Diamond SUV is perfectly suited for women. It now seems, however, that what they meant to say is that it’s perfect for women to pose with in revealing outfits.

At least that’s the message we’re getting from the company’s latest YouTube video, which includes a PlayBoy bunny and some RussoBaltique Vodka.

You can watch the video after the jump, but consider yourself warned – it’s a little risqué for some offices. Still, this is hardly the most shocking thing Dartz has done. This is the same company that once offered a what penis interior.

Watch the video after the jump:

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 |  Jul 15 2011, 4:45 PM

In Soviet Russia, opulence has you! The latest car designed and built in Russia is an SUV, but it isn’t decked out in armor or whale penis leather—it’s a hybrid, and it’s been so popular that the waiting list is backlogged for the next 10 years.

Bearing more than a passing resemblance to the BMW X6, the Ë-mobile (pronounced yo-mobile) received 51,188 orders in its first day. By the end of the week, more than 100,000 people had reserved one. If you want one, you’ll have to enjoy Soviet-throwback lines of waiting lists for the next 10 years—though since none of the 100,000 have paid a deposit yet, the figure could drop pretty sharply once cold, hard rubles are introduced into the mix.

The company Ë-Auto debuted this concept back in 2010, with mass production scheduled for next year in St. Petersburg. It plans to build a lineup of hybrid coupes and sedans alongside, all built with pride in Mother Russia (with some components from Austria’s Magna-Steyr). The price will start at the equivalent of $12,000-15,000; between the price and the homeland pride, there’s little surprise it’s been so popular.

[Source: Automobile]

 |  May 10 2011, 3:31 PM

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.

 |  Dec 15 2010, 10:44 AM

In a land where the Ladas actually pass as respectable cars, the Chrysler Sebring has been rejected by consumers.

According to several reports, production of the Sebring (rebadged as the Volga Siber) has been stopped due to low demand.

The car (based on the previous generation model and not our current Sebring), was being produced by Russian automaker GAZ, after it purchased the tooling and rights from Chrysler. GAZ had expected to sell as many as 40,000 cars a year, but only ever produced a maximum of 2,500 cars.

Officials at GAZ have denied the reports so far, but sources indicate the automaker is preparing to partner with one or more other foreign automakers (the list includes Volkswagen, Mercedes and General Motors) to produce cars under contract for the Russian market.

[Source: via TheCarConnection]

 |  Oct 20 2010, 4:51 PM

Red Sea Distribution, an Indiana based importing firm, is bringing two European oddities to North America. The Zenvo ST1 is a $1.25 million sports coupe with a twin-turbo, mid-mounted 7.0L Corvette V8 that makes 1,104 horsepower and hits 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. Only 15 will be made, so act fast.

Readers of this blog will be doubtlessly more familiar with the Dartz Kombat, the belligerent Russian uber-SUV that only costs $225,000. While the whale penis skin has been phased out, you can still get all kinds of bulletproofing, just in case you ever become as wealthy and important as one of Dartz’s home country oligarch consumers.

[Source: Red Sea Distribution]

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