Thursday 13 June 2024

Bulletproof Skoda Superb: the car you never knew you always wanted

Whilst Skoda is already known for its ability to build strong, safe and reliable cars, it may just have outdone itself. Following three-years of planning, development and testing, Skoda has added a bullet and blast-resistant version of the Superb Estate to its award-winning line-up.

The armoured Superb is the end result of three years of development. On the face of it this is virtually indistinguishable from the standard production car yet offers bullet and blast protection to occupants, for that extra peace of mind when driving the family about.

Protection is provided by a combination of bullet-resistant glass, high strength steel and composite materials; yet despite this the fully armoured Superb retains its spacious five-seater layout cabin, large boot and acclaimed build quality.

Although exact details of the conversion must remain secret, the passenger cell has been reinforced to the extent that it meets PAS 300 requirements for ballistic and blast protection. This certification was carried out by an independent test facility and involved firing different types of ammunition at the vehicle and exposing it to blast and fragmentation threats. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it.

The suspension and braking systems have been upgraded to account for the additional weight of the car. The wheels that can continue to run even if the tyres are deflated – allowing the driver to get to a place of safety after a blowout.

There’s also an emergency lighting and siren system, which raises some question of legality on the road. That being said I expect that if you’re being shot at you wouldn’t be too concerned. The car also features an 8-inch touchscreen communications hub with GPS, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

Sounds like the perfect family car then. There is one slight drawback I can see: the price. The final on-the-road cost of an armoured Superb is £118,688, which includes a 3-year warranty. But then again, what price can you truly put on your family’s safety?

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