Volvo has unveiled the brand-new XC90 Armoured, which unsurprisingly, is an armour plated version of the SUV. The car has been designed and built to provide safe and comfortable travel with a high level of personal protection for the occupants. Volvo cars are renowned for their safety and regularly pick up top marks in Euro NCAP safety tests. This car takes that accolade to a whole new level boasting bulletproof windows and explosive resistance.
“We are proud to be able to offer these armoured cars,” says Stephan Green, Marketing Director at Volvo Cars Special Vehicles.
“With our armoured cars, we can provide vehicles with a high level of personal security for individuals who require heightened protection.
“The XC90 Armoured (heavy) with VR8 protection rating (VPAM BRV 2009/ERV 2010) enables us to offer a car that provides a high level of protection while retaining the car’s fundamental properties.
“Potential customers include security services who would use the car to transport high-profile individuals,” says Green.
The car has a VPAM VR8 protection rating, which means it has 360-degree ballistic resistance as well as explosive resistance.
The Swedish carmaker has been developing a car with a VR8 protection rating for over two years.
It is built on the Inscription version of the SC90 T6 AWD and has been manufactured at the Torslanda plant in Sweden.
The car’s high-strength steel armour is 10mm thick, while the thickness of the glass can be up to 50mm.
All of this protection has had a dramatic impact on the vehicle’s weight adding 1,400 kgs bringing the total weight of the car up to 4,490kg (including five occupants).
To cope with the increased weight if the car it has been fitted with uprated suspension and new brakes.
“Production is carried out with extreme diligence, which is imperative in order to fulfil the exceptionally high requirements placed on this class of security product.
“We strive to ensure that the car retains its properties despite the extensive armouring,” added Green.
“The armour is fitted discreetly to make the car barely distinguishable from a standard XC90.
“Every customer also has their own unique requirements, which we satisfy by means of customised production.”
The Volvo XC90 Armoured (heavy) is available to order now and the first customer deliveries will be made at the end of 2019.
Sales of these cars are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2020 and prices are rumoured to be around £450,000.