I have written numerous stories about preparing for disasters as well as how business leaders, celebrities, and CEO’s are protecting themselves in an ever-changing world filled with new threats. Bulletproof vehicles are among the most popular luxury acquisitions for the rich and famous.
Famous faces are quite vulnerable, sitting in a car on a public street with the threat of paparazzi and stalkers with the added danger of terrorism. Having an armored vehicle has now become a necessity. Among the most famous armored SUV owners are Prince William and Kate, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kanye West, Dwayne Johnson and a Kardashian or two.
Canadian based super security manufacturer INKAS® just launched the first-ever armored Bentley Bentayga SUV. Quickly becoming one of the bestselling models from Bentley, the $500,000 armored Bentayga is fitted with exclusive security features along with the expected luxury and comfort for its passengers.
Speaking with David Khazanski, CEO, INKAS® Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, “The Bentley Bentayga, when equipped with its W12 powertrain, is one of the fastest luxury SUVs in the market today. Our priority was to leverage the vehicle’s value by adding high-quality ballistic characteristics without sacrificing its technical performance.”
He continues, “We use innovative lightweight materials, but at the same time certified to all globally-recognized ballistic standards. This vehicle successfully protects its passengers from assault rifles and grenades but does not behave too differently on the road from an unarmored Bentayga.”
The new Bentley is armored to meet CEN 1063 BR6 ballistic standards and provides additional ballistic protection for fuel, battery, and electronic control unit compartments. Ballistic protection encompasses the vehicle with 360-degree, floor-to-roof coverage. The armored Bentley Bentayga can withstand fire from high-power rifles such as AK47s and AR10s as well as the simultaneous detonation of two DM51 grenades placed beneath the vehicle’s floor. Additional equipment includes emergency lights mounted behind the vehicle’s front grille, as well as a siren and PA system.
My favorite options include James Bond-style upgrades including; Tailpipe Protection, and Shocking Electric Door Handles. Other options include; Signal Jamming equipped with high-gain omni-directional antennas offering 360 degrees of protection, Chemical Protection System protects against chemical, biological, and nuclear threats, Fire Source Detection, automatic detection of fire from a wide range of firearms, machine guns as well as rocket-propelled grenade launchers, Surveillance Systemallowing collection of intel via sight, sound or radio transmission, observation and surveillance, and Smoke Screen designed to release smoke to mask the movement and location of the armored vehicle in order to increase security for its passengers.
The vehicle offers a soft all-terrain and all-purpose driving experience supported by Bentley’s upgraded four-level air-suspension handling obstacles with a smooth response. The 48-volt active anti-roll bar aids on-road handling and improves ride comfort. The performance is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 producing 600 horsepower and 664 lb. ft. of torque with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Armored Bentayga maintains the classic Bentley look as well as the handcrafted cabin with traditional finishes, bespoke wood veneer, aluminum vents and stunning chrome bezels on the switchgear and panels. The vehicle has a functional and intuitive eight-inch infotainment center console, adaptive cruise control, precise front, and rear parking sensors; lane keep assistance, Apple CarPlay & Android Auto.
Once armored, the Bentley Bentayga SUV becomes that much more valuable as it is entrusted to protect the lives of its occupants. With many more luxury vehicles being converted with armor it will only be a matter of time before every manufacturer offers up this upgrade as an option for all new luxury car buyers.