This so-called Xtreme Utility Vehicle boasts a standard 3.6-liter, V6 engine, a price tag that starts at $155,000 -- and an optional ballistic-armor package. Hardcore or no, its California manufacturer says the TANK is street legal.
Today, there are a reported 100,000 armored vehicles on streets worldwide. Some, like the TANK, are built like tanks. Others are more deceptively invincible. Would-be kidnappers, assassins and terrorists, beware.
"The Beast" is the nickname for the specially built (and then some) 2009 Cadillac limo that served President Barack Obama, and now ferries President Donald Trump. It's got plate armor of at least 5 inches. It's one of a fleet -- and it's on its way out. As of late 2017, General Motors was at work on a new model.
About the only thing that the fortified Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition wasn't built to withstand was criticism from animal-rights activists: Its planned whale-penis-skin seats were scrapped when Pamela Anderson, Greenpeace and others balked.
The electric hatchback is getting the armored treatment via International Armoring Corp. The Utah-based company, which developed the lightweight passenger-car armor known as Armorex, says it's bulletproofed more than 8,000 cars since its founding in 1993.
This is no mere passenger van. This is a discrete armored vehicle from Toronto-based INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing. It's designed to withstand fire from 7.62-mm caliber or .308 Winchester full-metal-jacket ammo.
While Pope Francis has eschewed the bulletproof-glass-encased Popemobile, his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI (pictured), toured in a modified Mercedes-Benz M-Class SUV. The Popemobile entered the armored age after the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.
This 1928 Caddy, long linked to the legendary mobster, is way O.G. -- it's said to be one of the earliest armored cars. It was sold at auction for $341,000 in 2012. Per auctioneer RM Sotheby's, it was equipped back in the day with inch-thick glass, and 3,000 pounds of armor plating.
CIT stands for "cash in transit," meaning this is an SUV that's been armored to transport cash and other pricey things. Its everyday Chevy Tahoe-ness gives the vehicle, as Isotrex Manufacturing FZE's social-media hashtag says, a "#lowprofile."