Czech carmaker Skoda has launched their first-ever armoured car. The Skoda Superb Estate-based bullet-proof car has been finally launched after three years of planning, development and testing. The new car is bullet-proof and blast-resistant, which make sure that the occupants of the vehicle stay safe.
The Skoda Superb is known for its handling capabilities and a strong build. The new Bulletproof model is based on the Skoda Superb Estate that is available in the UK market. The car has been designed in such a way that it does not give away the additional weight that it carries because of the armour. It looks exactly the same as the regular version of the car. The new vehicle is priced at Rs. 1.06 crores and is available for 118,688 British Pounds in the UK market.
The armoured station wagon is powered by a regular 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces a maximum power of 188 Bhp. Skoda has not released any details of the vehicle but a few features like strengthened passenger cell, run-flat tyres and various other things have been added to the vehicle to make it stronger. It meets the PAS 300 requirement for ballistic and blast protection. The certification was carried out by an independent agency and the car was subjected to various types of ammunition and blast fragments at the test facility.
The heavier weight of the armoured car makes it difficult for the stock suspension and braking system to work properly. Skoda has upgraded the suspension and the brakes to ensure that they work properly with the increased weight. It also gets camouflaged sirens and flashers in case of an emergency escape. The tyres are designed to run even after deflation, which allows a safe escape for the occupants. It also gets an 8-inch touchscreen system with GPS, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay system.
German luxury car manufacturers like Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been offering armoured vehicles for a long time. The vehicles are used by many politicians and businessmen around the world, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The new Skoda Superb Estate will also target similar profiles to offer the armoured car at a much lower price.