Dartz, TG’s preferred purveyor of military grade assault vehicles favourable to Playboy bunnies and fictional dictators, has announced its newest creation. It’s called the ‘Black Shark’ Prombron, and it is astonishing.
The basics are thus. It’s based on a Mercedes-Benz GL, and will be offered with the option of a modified version of the twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 from the GL63 AMG, or a modified version of the twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 from the GL65 AMG. Should you feel particularly despotic, you can spec it with 1,500bhp.
It also comes with electrochromatic privacy windows, disappearing doorhandles with an anti-paparazzi shock-device, a body made from Kevlar and titanium to protect against magnetic mines, and a rotating bulletproof grille.
The armour-plating is rated at grade B7. The roof is sniper resistant. It has a distance explosive detector and signal jammer. There’s a ‘Golden Eye’ (geddit?) system with a fingerprint and retina scanner. There’s the ability to remotely scare off crowds using sirens and lights, and can watch over nearby vandals with the in-built cameras.
Incredible, right? It’s also the latest in a long line of bullet-proof motors, including Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class Guard revealed a few months back, which handily gets a lovely 6.0-litre V12 with 525bhp, and boasts enough protective capability to defend against rifle fire from military weapons, hand grenades, explosive charges, zombies, and, we presume, frickin’ LAZERS.
So, cars built for the apocalypse. But they aren’t the only armoured cars you can actually buy with your own money. No sir, there are many more.
We here at Top Gear pride ourselves on our solid, helpful and definitely-not-useless consumer advice. So should you be planning a military coup or simply plotting which niche area of human existence you can somehow squeeze into a twelve-part reality miniseries, here are six more bullet- and bomb-proof cars you might be interested in.