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Posted: 13 Sep 2013
Klassen armored VIP Business Sprinter
After Top Gear recently ventured into the world of road testing vans, we were intrigued what modifications can be applied to make commercial vehicles a bit more interesting. It turns out, because all of that space in the back, a hell of a lot can be done.
Take the Klassen VIP Business Sprinter. Using a long-wheel-base Mercedes Sprinter van as the foundation, Klassen handcraft a little bulletproof bunker in the back. Just about everything you see can be wirelessly controlled from an iPad. That includes the big, automatic bulletproof door, the cubby holes under the seats for your shoes, the tables, the massage Lay-Z Boys and all the TVs, PS3s and other entertainment. Everything is finished in wood and leather (including the onboard corded phone) and there’s a Nespresso machine with a matching set of china cups and saucers. Or a fridge and some crystal tumblers for the harder stuff – like full-fat milk. Just be careful not to spill your skinny mocha-chocha-chino on the cream carpets.
Unfortunately we couldn’t see under the bonnet, but they have added four exhausts to the back. So it should definitely be able to cope with all that extra weight from the extra invertors, batteries, TV screens, bulletproofing and the like. We’re also told that vans like this are fit for rock stars like One Direction, so they may as well keep the ‘no tools left in the van overnight’ sticker on the back, right?