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Finally, somebody has armoured a Bentley Bentayga

Forget EVs and PHEVs, the world needs 600bhp of ballistic protection

Published: 02 Sep 2019
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Another day, another armoured car. What is the world coming to?

Luckily, here at TG, armoured cars make us rather excited. There’s nothing like a militarised options list to spice up a configurator. Recently we’ve seen the Volvo XC90, the BMW X5 and the current gen Range Rover get the bulletproof treatment – but Canadian company INKAS may have just topped the lot. 

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That’s because, as you’ll have noticed, this is a fully-armoured Bentley Bentayga. Oh yes – the monster Bentley has, in INKAS’ own words, become “an armoured fortress to ensure the safety and security of yourself and your loved ones.”

It’s got the usual 360-degree, floor-to-roof coverage of bulletproof protection designed to stop high-power rifles such as AK47s and AR10s (when did that stop surprising us?) and its under-floor armour will deflect the explosions from at least two DM51 grenades at a time. INKAS says that this complies to CEN 1063 BR6 ballistic standards, although if we’re honest, we’ve completely lost track of what these mean. 

Elsewhere there’s additional ballistic protection for the fuel, battery and ECU compartments, as well as emergency lights mounted behind the grille and a siren/PA system. The options also include a smoke screen system and (one of our personal favourites) electrified door handles. Shocky.

There haven’t been too many mechanical changes made to the big Brit, but INKAS has reworked the suspension and will sell you an optional heavy-duty brake system to deal with the extra weight. Please spec this.

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Under the bonnet is that classic 6.0-litre W12 engine – still putting out a stonking 600bhp and 663lb ft of torque. No change there then.

One option you can’t get from Bentley though is a set of ‘heavy-duty wheels’. They aren’t pictured here, but my god we hope they’re steelies. Now there’s something we’d love to see.

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