Do you know about the fastest armoured car in the world?
Are you in contact with people from the underworld? Due to a deal which went sour, are you in the bad books of those people? Do you always feel you’re being followed by one or if it was a big deal, a couple of big, black SUVs? Well, first of all, never mess with the people of the underworld. And second, if you’re bonkers enough to do it still, I suggest you get yourself one of these - the Addarmor Audi RS7 a.k.a the fastest armoured car in the world!
You must be thinking, how can I be such a maniac and suggest you buy a sedan when I’m aware of the fact that you might be up against some fairly big, black SUVs?! That's exactly the point of this RS7 - discreet immunity. You don’t buy this car to take them on, you buy this car to deceive them and be in the wind before they can take out their guns and aim to shoot at you. How? Allow me to explain…
First, the company. Addarmor, based out of Wyoming, is a sort of tuning firm which turns regular vehicles into ‘mobile safe rooms’. What they mean by that is, they install heavy-duty shielding onto the cars along with evasive gadgets to let you escape from scenes involving any kind of ambush. Being run by a group of ex-US military personnel, the company caters to high-profile dignitaries, VVIP personnel or individuals who need to travel across combat zones. You get the impression...
Now, the car. Starting life as a 2018 Audi RS7 Sportback, the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine in it has been reworked by Audi-tuning specialists APR to put out a mammoth 770hp and 1084Nm of torque. Results? It can do the 0-100kmph run in just 2.9secs and flat out, this RS7 will keep accelerating until 325kph or 202mph! Your enemies will only be left reloading their weapons by the time….
Wait, reloading their weapons, so by that did I mean they’ll be able to shoot their first round of ammo on the car? Umm…...Only if they are unsuccessful in their attempt to drag you out of the car, which I’m pretty confident, they will be. Why? Because this armoured sedan is outfitted with a range of gadgets which can be utilised to disarm your enemy.
No no, don’t enjoy the Bond feels just yet, although the tech provided with this car might worry Q a little. For example, in a situation where your enemies surround your car and are looking to drag you out, electric-shock door handles might prevent them from doing so. If that instigates them to try even harder, there’s a smoke screen system along with pepper-spraying nozzles right above the door which will help you buy enough time to floor the throttle, make use of that super fast engine and disappear.
Other defence systems which might tingle Q a bit more include an explosion detection system, a 360-degree night vision camera, gas masks and air tanks in case of a chemical attack, a siren capable of raising the noise levels up to 120 dB (a rock concert produces close to 110 dB), an aircraft-inspired blinding lights on the rear bumper and some more which should be discovered by the customers, in case the bad guys are reading this…..
We all have seen movies and know for a fact that the numbers are always in favour of the bad guys. What if, they use that against you by plotting roadblocks on your course to a safehouse? Don’t fret. I realize this is just a sedan and not a huge SUV for you to ram through those roadblocks but believe me, or the folks from Addarmor, you CAN ram through those roadblocks with this RS7. Courtesy - a special steel reinforcement masked behind the regular looking front bumper capable of treating improvised roadblocks as mere trash cans, running through it.
But, what about the first round of shooting that the car might have to endure. Will it be able to? Astonishingly, it is the car’s armour and not its cool gadgets or high-flying engine that features as the party piece here.
Regular armoured vehicles are usually covered up in steel which adds a lot of weight to the car. On top of that, these vehicles are usually SUVs carrying a couple of elephants’ worth of weight itself. All that weight implies slower acceleration, giving the enemies a lot more time to attempt penetrating the armour. The RS7, however, has been built on the belief that if you can get away faster than they can shoot, don’t you stand a better chance at surviving that ambush?!
Instead of the usual steel-plating, the RS7 has been covered up with polycarbonate composite body panels, which according to the firm, is 10 times stronger than ballistic steel while weighing about 60 per cent less than its regular alternative. Adding to that is the installation of window glass made by a combination of multi-layer mixture of polycarbonate and ballistic glass, guaranteeing you Euro-spec B4 armour protection, which in common man terms, means the glass is capable of stopping rounds from a .44 Magnum. All of this, adding less than 90 kilos or 200 pounds to the overall weight of the car.
If you feel you’ve angered someone so much that they’ll be using something much bigger than that Magnum, Addarmor provides you with an option to equip your car with B7-level protection which will shield you from anything between an AK47 to 30.06 cal. armour piercing rounds. The only chance against you would be anything close to a nuclear bomb, maybe!
Equipping the car with all the standard features and you’re looking at a list price of $205,000 or just a smudge over £164,000. I understand that's quite a lot of money for an RS7. You could land yourself a Lamborghini Urus or an Aston Martin DB11 or even a Lamborghini Huracan for that kind of money. But, and it is a BIG but, ask yourself - will any of these cars offer you security levels seen only with the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a plethora of cool gadgets and an engine faster than a baby Lambo, all in one car?!
I think it is an amazing value-for-money proposition for an armoured vehicle. Oh, did I mention it has a PA system as well? If I had the money to buy one of these, you can be pretty sure of seeing me whizz past an ambush scene, covered with SUVs obviously, while screaming, “Take that, you big, black, gangsta SUVs!”