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19 armored Jeep Grand Cherokees become part of Italian Carabinieri’s mobile fleet

Soon enough, some police officers in Italy would be chasing criminal in armored versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This comes as the Arma dei Carabinieri, an Italian military force charged with police duties, has ordered a fleet of 19 units of Jeep Grand Cherokee to keep them well-equipped to guard against criminals and catch them.

All-new, each of the newly ordered Jeep Grand Cherokee is dressed up and equipped to help the Carabanieri in their police work, especially in combating terrorism. The exterior of these special Jeep Grand Cherokee are wrapped in the force’s institutional blue livery, with clear and large Carabinieri letterings on the front and on the sides. Likewise, these special Jeep Grand Cherokee models come with all-new blue LED flashers on the tailgate, located beside the license plate.

To make these Jeep Grand Cherokee models capable of helping the Carabinieri, various parts were armored. These armored parts include the windscreen, side window and body, as well as their tires. Likewise, the suspension components of these tactical Jeep Grand Cherokees were reinforced, allowing them to have better on-road handling capabilities. As a result of these modifications, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has been transformed into a tactical vehicle that doesn’t just offer superb mechanical reliability to take on any mission while ensuring that members of the Carabinieri are safe and sound.

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Vladimir Putin’s 850 hp limo debuts at his inauguration

A week ago, we spoke of the Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s up-and-coming limo that was scheduled to make its debut during his inauguration. And we weren’t disappointed when the massive limo finally was presented. The limo is actually how we imagine a hybrid of a Mercedes-Benz S Class and a Rolls-Royce Phantom would be like.

Putin’s limo is referred to with the code name Kortezh or cortege in English (which directly means entourage or procession). The front fascia features a large chrome grille with vertical slats that accentuate the limo’s considerable size. It features rectangular headlights that evoke an image of the Chrysler 300. As you move onto the back, the rear glass flows back to a long tail, and the taillights look a lot like those on the S-Class.

Unsurprisingly, we don’t have much technical information about Putin’s limo, for obvious reasons. But according to sources, the limo uses a turbocharged V12 with 850 horsepower (634 kilowatts) that was achieved with assistance from Porsche engineering. The engine works with a Russian-designed nine speed automatic gearbox. Under the Kortezh’s skin, we expect an abundance of armour, communication, and security technology.

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Here’s what we know about Vladimir Putin’s new armored luxury limo

One thing that the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin will really need would be a vehicle that isn’t only comfortable, but one that will also protect him from the most brutal attacks. And that’s why his new luxury limousine had to go through a long development and testing period. And after many sessions of crash testing, Putin’s ride is finally ready to drive him around the country.

Denis Manturov, Russia’s trade minister, told national daily newspaper Russia Today, that the president’s new vehicle will be spotted in action at Putin’s presidential inauguration on May 7. There is no better way to form a new government and denounce your western rivals from a position of luxury and comfort.

Before the end of the month, Putin’s car is scheduled to be delivered to the Kremlin. The newly re-elected Russian premier is said to have been closely involved in the project, even finding the time to get out of the office and drive earlier versions of the vehicle.

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Rhino GX Executive is tough and imposing outside but a luxurious haven inside

When you first glance at the Rhino GX SUV, the first thing that will come to mind is that the vehicle probably has a military style cabin, with thinly padded seats, plenty of metal, surveillance cameras all over, and mounts for your weapons.

That is perhaps because of its massive size, as it measures around 19 feet long, eight feet wide, and seven feet tall. With those dimensions, of course it weighs a lot, and I mean five tons. With that size, finish it off with a Stealth Black, Tactical Green, or Desert Sand paint job and it will look like a handsome tank that people will be scared of.

Though it may look really badass on the outside, the Rhino GX SUV actually looks very comfortable and luxurious on the inside, which is a total contrast from what people see outside. The Executive edition, in particular, gives the leather-trimmed interior additional wood trim with chrome accents. Power seats and power foot rests get heat controls, while the huge sunroof lets in light from above.

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Bulletproof cars and trucks are found in all parts of the world for safety purposes. However, adding a bulletproof glass, run-flat tires, Kevlar and other protective equipment is no easy task as these can add weight to the already heavy vehicle. But this is the specialty of Russian tuner Topcar Design, which guarantees to modify your vehicle to make it more badass. Take the newly modified Mercedes-Benz GLE Guard for example, a sophisticated vehicle that is now a prime example of a vehicle that you don’t want to mess with. And the best feature of this beast? Its classy all-white interior.

TopCar Design is a luxury car tuning company that was founded in Moscow around 2004, and is considered as one of the pioneer Russian tuning companies. Now TopCar has established its trademark around the world with 14 official dealers around the world. It specializes on aerodynamic packages for the likes of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz, but can also modify other premium brand vehicles.

And if you are needing to transform your beloved Mercedes-Benz into an armoured vehicle, then TopCar Design is up for the task. It will mean more bang for your buck as you can acquire both safety as well as a design upgrade, with the premium all white leather interior and impenetrable windows. The Russian Tuner is also willing to install a one of a kind wood, crocodile leather and even astonishing 24K gold trimmings if you want a more premium feel and if you prefer to hang out longer in that car and feel secure with its protective elements and bulletproof glass, so no worries.

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Second-hand or used cars are usually appreciated because of their lower prices. Some used-car buyers hit the jackpot when they chance upon a car that has been well maintained and managed – and with less than 10,000 km on the odometer sold at a low price.

However, there are used cars that even go beyond their book value simply because they were formerly owned by famous celebrities – like athletes, actors or actresses, singers, talk show hosts, local heroes or even politicians. Fans and collectors would surely line up to get such vehicles even at a price higher than their book values.

But what if that car used to ferry the current top man of the Russian Federation in his first term as the second president of the country? As the private seller (a certain Sergei Urov) claims, this GUARD Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman used to be one of the rides of current Russia President of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. And this limousine-type vehicle is being sold at mobile.de -- which tags itself as the largest online vehicle market in Germany – for a whopping $1.3 million, which could be around ten times than the normal worth of a car of this type.

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Dartz introduced today the Prombron Black Shark, a short wheelbase version of the Prvy designed for Russian Federation’s leaders and inspired by the Black Shark military helicopter. According to the manufacturer, the Prombron Black Shark will be manufactured in a limited edition of just 5 units, each fitted with security features such as electrochromatic windows, custom safety coach door handles that can “dissapear” and offer anti-paparazzi shock device, a Kevlar-Titanium body that protects the passengers from the use of magnetic mines, rotating bulletproof grill as well as armoring up to grade B7.

Moreover, the vehicle can be fitted with the Golden Eye, a feature that implements fingerprint and retina scanner for additional safety. Dartz also offers the Mercedes-Benz Driver Assistance Package as well as the driver vigilance telemetric control system Vigiton that monitors the driver’s psycho-physiological condition and overall awareness.

Thanks to the Dartz V2+ mobile application, customers are able to always know what is happening to their vehicles. The vehicle is based on the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG platform, while the materials for the interior were supplied by Italy’s Luxpel and their special division Kolonial Touch.

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At the 2014 Moscow Motor Show, BMW will introduce the X5 (F15) Security a vehicle previewed by a concept version at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. According to BMW, the new X5 Security is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine with TwinPower Turbo technology that can deliver 450 hp (330 kW) and 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) of torque.

As expected, the engine is bolted to an 8-speed automatic transmission, which sends the power to the road through the xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

The new model comes with a VR6 protection class rating and can protect its passengers against an AK-47 attack. As you can see from the photos the new X5 Security Plus is identical to the regular model despite the fact that it offers protection against organized crime, kidnapping and violent assault.

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Dear Mr. President, this is your new 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard based on the new S-Class! According to Mercedes-Benz, this is the first vehicle certified for highest ballistic protection in resistance class VR9. What’s more interesting is that the S600 Guard looks just like the standard model, featuring the LED High Performance headlamps and the same LED rear lights as well as the same emphatic design lines.

Inside, there is plenty of space and for the first time the S600 Guard is available as a 4-seater and as a 5-seater. Mercedes-Benz says that its new armoured sedan comes with the Chauffeur package, which has a chauffeur position for the front passenger seat, Executive seat in the rear on the front passenger, Rear Seat Comfort package which brings multicontour outer rear seats, seat heating Plus and Energizing massage function.

Moreover, the S600 Guard features the Rear Pre-Safe package with illuminated belt buckle extenders, Pre-Safe belt tensioners and beltbags for the outer rear seats, First-Class rear suite with a Business console, Business telephony, Warmth Comfort package and Air-Balance Package.

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Audi presented today the 2014 A8 L Security, a high-security version of its flagship sedan that meets the highest level of criteria that applies to civilian vehicles. Just like the 2014 Audi A8 Facelift, the new A8 L Security Facelift comes with the singleframe grille, new Matrix LED headlights, as well as updated LED rear lights.

The exhaust system is terminated by two large trapezoidal tailpipe trims on both sides of the tail end. The new Audi A8 L Security has been officially certified by the German Ballistics Testing Center in Munich and complies with the requirements of the class VR 7 ballistic protection standard in accordance with the BRV 2009 guideline.

For those who don’t know, BRV stands for “Bullet Resistant Vehicles” and class VR 7 imposes the strictest criteria on civilian high-security sedans, as the body panels and glazing of the passenger cell must withstand firing with NATO sub-caliber ammunition. What’s more interesting is that the A8 L Security even complies with the criteria for the classes VR 9 and VR 10.

Read the entire article 2014 Audi A8 L Security gets a facelift

BMW’s stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year features an armored concept version of the third-gen X5 that is named the Security Plus. BMW said that it’s the lone car in its class that provides protection against organized crime, kidnapping and violent assault and complies with all the VR6 protection level requirements.

BMW developed this vehicle for buyers who value protection. These include customers from Russia, Africa and South America. The armoured version is virtually identical to the regular model. BMW base the armoured X5 to an armored passenger cell built using high-performance steel mouldings and panels that protect as many as four people against an AK-47 attack.

It features specially made security glass that can resist attack coming from blunt weapons. It also has sealed joints that prevent bullet or fragment penetration. It is powered by a V8 TwinPower Turbo engine that develops 450 hp (330 kW) distributed to the xDrive all-wheel drive system. 

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The popularity of armoured vehicles continues to rise. Engineers have taken a Toyota Land Cruiser and put in armored plating, bullet resistant glass and run-flat tires at a workshop located in an industrial area on the borders of Dubai. As a result of the "Arab spring" revolts and with the wealth gap and the rising of social unrest in several regions of the world, there’s no lack of wealthy individuals and governments who think that they require additional protection.

It was a profitable decade for companies like Canada's INKAS, Britain's Jankel and Germany's Transeco. There still are deals to be made even with the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In fact, newer entrant Ares Security Vehicles claims that its order book is growing. This company started in 2010 but it has mostly industry veterans in its workforce.

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For those who want to feel even safer in a Mercedes-Benz M-Class, the German manufacturer offers the M-Class Guard, the armoured version of the popular SUV. This means that besides the impressive design, the car will also be capable to keep the bullets away from the interior.

As a result, the M-Class Guard is fitted with windows of the highest optical quality Special laminated glazing with a uniform thickness all-round, polycarbonate layer on inside to protect against shards. Moreover, the M-Class Guard comes with special steel used in the A-, B- and C- pillars and the firewall and roof.

The new M-Guard meets the requirements of protection level VR4 according to testing guidelines BRV 2009 for special-protection vehicles with bullet resistance (according to Bullet Resistant Vehicles 2009). This ballistic classification designates ballistic resistance (VR = Vehicle Resistance) in terms of the weapons and calibre: in this case, among others, Magnum .357 and .44.

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Bentley wants to tap into the expanding market for bulletproof vehicles and is now thinking about introducing an armour-plated car range to the consumers in Latin America, the Middle East and Russia. Bentley sees the need for secure vehicles in countries where there’s a risk for kidnap and assassination.

Bentley's finance chief Jan-Henrik Lafrentz pointed out the rising demand in countries where security is an issue such as in Latin America, Russia, and the Middle East. He said that the VW-owned company is examining the business case of offering armoured cars. About 80% of Bentley sales are not in the UK.

The company’s Crewe factory doesn’t build the armoured vehicles. However, the automaker won’t divulge if it has produced armoured vehicles previously. It has been widely reported that Prince Charles owns a bulletproof version of the Turbo R. There are already armoured versions of Jaguar Land Rover’s two key brands. These were built by specialist manufacturers.

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The 2012 MY version of the Knight XV from Canadian firm Conquest Vehicles has arrived. It features a very rugged construction and yet, it has a highly luxurious interior. The new vehicle is wider and longer (resulting to a bigger interior space) and has received several improvements.

It’s priced at quite a hefty $629,000 (EUR439,000), making everyone wonder just what it has to offer. The 2012 MY version features a redesigned cabin. Exterior changes include the front fascia and the hood.

It is offered with an interesting lineup of optional features. Customers can choose whether to get the Luxury Group, the Security Group, or any of the Stand Alone Upgrades.

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To commemorate Monaco's yachting tradition, Dartz Prombron' and Gray Design are set to launch the world’s first armored Sportback – the 2012 Dartz Prombron' Nagel – which is designed to pull yachts. The Dartz Prombron' Nagel will be released in 2012, which marks several anniversaries for the RussoBalt (RussoBaltique) car brand that was later revived as the bold Dartz Prombron'.

On the last day of 1911 in the cold winter, Andrey Nagel and Vadim Mikhailoff started off to reach the Monte Carlo Rally, going farther than any team -- 3260 km.

The two were behind the wheel of the C24/55 Monaco RussoBalt sportscar in this long-distance race. This sports car was specially named for the Monte Carlo Rally after the French name RussoBaltique. The team won 9 awards from HSH Monaco Prince Louis III.

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An armored luxurious limousine from famous carmaker Maybach? Yes, Maybach is introducing a fortressed yet comfortably luxurious Maybach Guard that still offers the performance and individualization level typical of Maybach vehicles. Derived from the Maybach 62, Maybach Guard also features an array of integrated safety systems in response to the needs of businesspeople and high-ranking government officials.

For instance, Maybach engineers integrated into the body shell of the vehicle a special armor made from highly specialized steel and high-tech Kevlar. This composition renders the armor to be lightweight yet almost impenetrable. Because of its light nature, the armor added only 406 kg to the overall weight of the Maybach Guard, sans any compromise on the handling system and on the performance of the vehicle.

Since the base of the Maybach Guard was designed for the extra weight, there was no need to implement tweaks on the drive train, suspension and the braking system. In fact, the Maybach Guard is the only armored car that could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds and achieve a top speed of 250 km/h. Interestingly, the integration of armor has been done so flawlessly that it has become almost impossible to distinguish a Maybach Guard from a typical Maybach 62 saloon.

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Audi revealed today the first photo and details of its new A8 L Security, a long-wheelbase high-security version of the A8 flagship sedan, which promises to offer special security features available in addition to its heavy armoring. As expected, the Audi A8 L Security will be available with the W12 engine when it will be launched, but later in 2012 the car will receive a new engine.

The impressive 6.3-liter W12 engine delivers an impressive 368 kW (500 hp) and 625 Nm (460.98 lb-ft) of torque. This engine can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.3 seconds and to a top speed limited to 210 km/h (130.49 mph) due to the special tires installed. The high-security sedan consumes just 13.5 liters of fuel on average per 100 km (17.42 US mpg) and compared with its predecessor, the fuel consumption has dropped by 3.0 liters per 100 kilometers.

Audi promises that the new engine, which will be offered for the Audi A8 L Security in 2012, will offer a fuel consumption of 10 to 11 liters per 100 km (23.52 to 21.38 US mpg). The engines will be mated to an eight-speed tiptronic featuring a large overall gear spread. Furthermore, the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system will conduct the power from the engine to all four wheels.

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Land Rover has launched the new Discovery 4 Armoured, boosting its range of factory-supported armoured vehicles. The Discovery 4 Armoured, which replaces the Discovery 3 model, offers the same renowned all-terrain capability and state-of-the-art protection. However, the new model has upgraded features that lead to higher levels of performance, luxury and style.

The Discovery 4 Armoured is powered by a more powerful 5.0-litre LR-V8 petrol engine compared to the older model. It offers improved passive safety with an airbag restraint system for driver and front passenger, and it also features a more luxurious interior with premium leather seats.

The new model offers discreet armouring and a 500kg payload. The five-seater offers a highly versatile, safe and comfortable transportation.

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The Israeli government wants its prime minister to have a high level of protection and has ordered the $685,000 armored A8 model that’s slated to be the most expensive car to ever be brought into the country. But because of taxes, the A8 Security is expected to cost much more. Audi launched the A8 Security version of the car sometime in 2007.

Based on the A8 L W12 quattro, the A8 features an armored passenger cell made from steel, glass and aramide fabric, which cannot be seen by the naked eye.

The Prime Minister's Office told Globes that the security forces chose this vehicle because of its capability to carry the required protection level and that the prime minister didn’t take part in the decision-making process.

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