Cannes Film Festival in a Dartz Prombron
Get noticed at Cannes - drive a huge armoured limo…
Posted: 29 Jul 2011
Never mind. We like extreme stuff on TopGear, and it doesn't get any more extreme than pointing an armour-plated SUV into the heart of the world's most famous film festival and hoping for the best. If you detect a strong whiff of Hummer to the Prombron, you wouldn't be far off. It uses a giant GM L18 Vortec V8 lump whose 8.1 litres translate into roughly 340bhp and 455lb ft of torque.
The base vehicle is made in St Petersburg by Kombat Armouring, and rather than having its roots in the Soviet military, the Kombat's existence is a bit more mercenary than that. Literally. Private armies run these things, no doubt pleased with the combination of a double-steel monocoque, a composite armour that uses ceramic inserted between the vehicle's steel skin, and the fact that it's apparently the world's fastest armoured SUV (110mph top speed).