We all rely on our cars to help us get through a day’s worth of work and errands but for the people who have the privilege and obligation to commute via any of these 10 most expensive armored cars in the world, driving around is very serious business.
After all, not many people need a vehicle that can withstand a blast from a rocket-propelled grenade from a variety of angles. The very tiny demographic which keeps up the demand for armored cars has representatives in the faces of various people – from the Pope himself to the people behind criminal schemes we will never probably hear of.
Popular also amongst politicians from a huge number of countries, armored vehicles are more and more widely available for people who can afford them. As a fun fact, you should know that the first officially produced armored vehicles in the USA were actually armor-plated retired school buses which were used for transferring money. Even so, the time when they were solely for the military, police and for the delivery of immensely expensive assets has long passed and the technology behind them is getting more and more powerful and cheaper. This allows manufacturers to cram all the power and might of a huge protected machine into the sleek form factor of, say, a limousine. This, however does not represent all armored cars. You will find a lot of them to resemble something straight out of a fantasy movie but with a mean machine you can afford to have a mean look to it.
However with so much protection comes a whole lot of weight. The majority of armored vehicles weight more than a dozen normal cars. This makes it extremely difficult to achieve maneuverability, speed and range. You can see in our recent article – The 10 Electric Vehicles with the Longest Range – that a lot of the cars featured here offer less in performance compared to their electric brothers.
If you think that with this set of features, you could drive one of these straight into battle like a tank, you’re wrong. The vast majority of these cars are not equipped for a fight. Their main purpose is to flee in the case of an attack and do it as fast as possible.
In this list you can find a bit of everything mentioned here, from gigantic monstrosities to cars which are seemingly an every-day occurrence in traffic. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at the 10 most expensive armored cars in the world:
10. The Dartz Kombat T98 SUV – around $250 000
Hailing from Russia, the Dartz company has been around since the early 20th century, doing what they do best – making some of the best armored cars on the market. This model of theirs is arguably one of the fastest armored vehicles to date.
9. The Cadillac One – speculated at $300 000+
This iconic limousine is widely known for being Barack Obama’s personal means of transportation. While being known as “Cadillac One” it’s only designed by Cadillac. It’s produced by General Motors, uses parts based on a variety of other cars and has interesting features such as its own oxygen supply and blood bank.
8. The Popemobile – $310 000
The head of the Catholic church can’t afford to joke around while being driven around in public. Aside from being fully fortified, the Popemobile rocks a Mercedes-Benz engine that can propel it forwards with more than 70 mph and a set of tires which can handle that speed even when flat.
7. BMW 750 Li Sedan – $340 000
With tons of steel encasing everything including the battery, radiator and exhaust, this four-wheeled tank is truly a reason for BMW to be proud. It’s enforced all around, including all passengers’ sides and the driver’s spot. With a 400 horsepower engine, an enforced chassis and all-wheel drive, you’ll be zooming out of the danger zone in no time.
6. Maybach 62S with Armor from Rijck – $350 000
Most car enthusiasts you ask will associate Maybach with some of the most luxurious and smooth vehicles to ever brace the roads. Put some Swiss high-grade armor and an engine which can go from 0 to 60 in less than five seconds and you have one of the more popular armored cars among the elite.
5. Bentley Mulliner Division Mulsanne – $400 000
With high-grade armor by Mulsanne, the Bentley Mulliner Division, aside from providing you with all the luxurious comfort and vision that you can expect from Bentley, can protect you against anything from gunfire to chemical attacks.
4. The Knight XV – $629 000
Being its creator’s flagship product, the Conquest Vehicles Knight XV is pretty much strict business on the outside but a lot of party on the inside. Seemingly a vehicle that only finds use in special military operations, the Knight XV comes with a luxurious interior, boasting a multimedia center and heated seats.
3. The Audi A8 Security – $700 000
As probably the most ordinary looking car on this list, the Audi A8 is built to make you blend in with traffic while being able to withstand anything a human being can fire at you. With certification in the highest of bulletproof standards, this car is an elegant way to remain alive in high-risk situations.
2. Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG – $ 1 000 000
Not surprisingly, close to being the most expensive armored car in the world, comes the Mercedes-Benz G36 AMG. For a million, the owners of these super sleek limousines can trust their lives on a full set of highest-grade armor, designed to withstand any projectile, explosion or byproduct of such.
And, the most expensive armored car in the world is: The Dartz Prombron
Being the first and last in this list, Dartz have gained immense popularity from making the “Prombron” – a very extravagant upgrade over the T98. While being no less capable of securing its driver and passengers, this SUV comes with extras such as an optional whale penis leather interior,gold plated windows and a price to match, thus making it the winner in the 10 most expensive armored cars in the world.