Mukesh Ambani is India’s richest man with a net worth of $46.7 billion. Ambani and his family live in Antilla, the world’s most expensive home which has a rather grand private garage. The Ambani garage at Antilla is filled with quite a few of the most luxurious cars around along with a host of security vehicles thanks to the Billionaire’s Z+ security detail, the highest in the country. Seen below is a video by Auto Army which shows the convoy of the Ambani family on the move.
The video from late last year shows the Grand Ambani convoy on the move through Mumbai’s Marine Drive. The convoy is led by a 5-series sedan from BMW, though we aren’t exactly sure if it is part of the convoy or not. Following the 5-series is a special BMW X5 with police stickering and roof-mounted flashers.
Following the leading X5 is an older-gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class Guard. The Guard is a bullet and bomb-proof vehicle that looks similar to the regular S-Class but is heavily armoured. The S-Class is closely followed by another police X5.
Immediately following the second X5, is a Mumbai Police Scorpio after which is one of the newer additions to the Ambani garage, the Bentley Bentayga SUV. Following the Bentayga around is its sibling from the Porsche brand, the Cayenne. The Cayenne is followed by two Ford Endeavours which also get the same roof-mounted flashers and police stickering as the X5s seen before. Another video, this time by jasus 007 shows the convoy in a different formation.
What is so special about this convoy?
All of these cars are rarely seen together as part of a single convoy. It is quite possible that the Ambani family were heading to the same place but were travelling in different vehicles for safety purposes.
Another reason that makes this convoy so special are the BMWs used as escort cars. No other citizen of the country uses these German SUVs as an escort vehicle in a security convoy. Mukesh Ambani has been given Z+ security cover by the Indian government, which is handled by the CRPF. Only the PM and President are offered higher levels of security, which are handled by the Special Protection Group.
The convoy seen is definitely India’s most expensive civilian convoy and all the vehicles seen above are owned by Reliance Industries and are not the government. It is quite possible that Mukesh Ambani upgraded his convoy vehicles to make sure that his security detail could keep up with the fast-moving vehicles used by his family.
The S-Class Guard seen in the convoy is an older generation model of the flagship Mercedes sedan that costs around Rs 5 crore. It looks quite similar to the regular S-Class which has been done to disguise it from the regular vehicle. The S-Class Guard has been discreetly reinforced but weighs a lot heavier than the regular car. The S-Guard gets a very high level of ballistic protection that makes it safe against military weapons and explosions. It also gets an inbuilt fire extinguishing system and run-flat tyres that can allow the armoured sedan to run at 80 km/h even when fully deflated. Ambani also owns a BMW 7-Series High-Security armoured vehicle, which was the official vehicle of the Prime Minister of India, before Modi switched to his armoured Range Rover.
The Bentley Bentayaga is one of the fastest SUVs in the world today and cost around Rs 3.78 crores and is favoured by the Ambani heirs. The Bentley SUV is powered by a 6.0-litre twin-turbo W12 petrol engine that churns out 600 Bhp and 900 Nm of torque. The Bentley Bentayaga can sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds and will continue to accelerate until it tops out at 301 km/h. The Ambani
Bentayga is painted in a brilliant British Racing Green colour.
The Porche Cayenne is the German carmaker’s flagship SUV. Prices for the Cayenne start at Rs 1.58 crore and go all the way up to Rs 1.92 crore depending on the model chosen. Porsche recently stopped selling the diesel version of the Cayenne which was priced at Rs 1.19 crore. There are currently only two Cayenne models on sale in India – the E-Hybrid with 340 Bhp and 540 Nm of torque from a3.0-litre V6 hybrid powertrain and the Turbo which uses a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that cranks out 550 Bhp and 770 Nm of torque.
The police liveried BMW X5s seen in the convoy are the xDrive 30d models which start at around Rs 78 lakhs. The X5’s are powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six diesel engine that gets a twin-scroll turbocharger. The engine cranks out 258 Bhp and 560 Nm of torque and allows the SUVs to reach 0-100 km/h in a brisk 6.9 seconds.
Finally, the Ford Endeavours that bring up the rear of the convoy are likely the more powerful variants of the American SUV. The more powerful Ford Endeavour is powered by a 2.5-litre five-cylinder diesel engine that cranks out 197 Bhp and 470 Nm of torque. The lower-spec Endeavours use a 2.2-litre engine. The Scorpio seen in the video is one of the many used by the Mumbai Police.