The Rezvani Tank now comes with an eco-conscious plug-in hybrid powertrain
Electrification puts the ‘urban’ in giant ‘tactical urban vehicle’
Rezvani has delivered the first ever plug-in hybrid version of its ‘extreme utility vehicle’, the Tank. Aptly named the Rezvani Tank Hybrid Edition, the more planet-friendly variant joins the Hellcat and Demon – eye-poppingly powerful V8 editions that boast up to 1,000bhp.
Not that the hybrid quite has that kind of power. The Tank Hybrid Edition has Jeep's 2.0-litre four-cylinder Hurricane engine, with the 4xe configuration seen in the Wrangler. In standard form that produces 370bhp and uses a 17kWh battery pack to give drivers up to 21 miles of pure electric power to mooch about suburbia with. No word yet on whether Rezvani has modified the powertrain at all, but we suspect it has left it well alone.
We are told that the front and rear prop shafts have been modified to accommodate a new bolt pattern and a longer PHEV transmission though, with the gearbox also supplied by Jeep thanks to the Tank's Wrangler underpinnings.
The bonkers SUV is famed for its Military trim – a suite of bullet, bomb and apocalypse, AKA EMP, protection...y'know, just in case there's a nuclear war. Though the hybrid’s engine capacity may be tamer, the trim isn’t. Though we wonder if hauling around that ballistics armour means quite as much real-world electric range?
Ferris Rezvani, owner and bossman of the brand, said: "The vision was to offer a fresh design inspired by armoured vehicle concepts not typically seen on the road. The goal was a daily drivable vehicle that is purpose-built, rugged, off-road capable with a design that is muscular, and well proportioned; as exciting to the eyes as it is to drive."
Sounds like that time we drove the Tank in alien-friendly Area 51...
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