The archetypal Volvo owner is just about the least dangerous person it’s possible to imagine. And yet it seems there are some Volvo owners who lead lives so dangerous they need a bulletproof car. And now the firm’s Special Vehicles division is obliging them with this, the Volvo XC90 Armoured.
It starts life a 316bhp XC90 T6, powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder supercharged and turbocharged engine. It’s then sent to a German firm called TRASCO to be transformed into a mobile bunker.
10mm thick, high-stength steel armour is added, along with ballistic glass up to 50mm thick. It’s built to a high-grade VR8 rating, which provides “360-degree ballistic resistance as well as explosive resistance.” Production is “classified.”
A fire extinguisher is fitted under the bonnet, the door hinges are reinforced and there’s an escape hatch hidden behind the middle rear seat that leads into the boot.
That is… terrifying, frankly. How bad must the situation be that escaping through the boot is the best way out?
Of course, all this adds rather a lot of weight to the XC90, which tips the scales at 4,490kg will a full compliment of passengers. Brakes and suspension have been upgraded to cope, but the engine hasn’t. We suspect performance will be blunted, somewhat.
Volvo is also offering more lightly-armoured versions of the XC60 and S60, that are retrofitted with around 250kg of armour in Brazil.
By Graham King