If, for example, you’re in witness protection but you need a family car, we’ve got good news. You can now buy a comprehensively armoured Skoda Superb Estate.
This innocuous silver Superb, a product of a three-year UK-based programme, is bulletproof, bombproof and generally reinforced to the PAS 300 industry standard. Even the glass is bulletproof, or rather ‘bullet-resistant,’ as its makers say.
Fitted with a top-secret type of body armour across the whole body, protecting passengers and the fuel tank as well as just about everything else inside, under the thick skin it’s a Superb 2.0 TDI diesel. The brakes, suspension and tyres get upgrades, while the wheels are ‘modified’ to make sure you can still drive even with flat tyres.
This is vaguely Bond-esque stuff. The extra weight makes the car a bit sluggish in the performance stakes but it also means it should be pretty handy for ramming stuff out of the way, should you need to deploy some, ahem, defensive driving techniques.
Interestingly, the Superb Estate’s key features are unaffected. The 660-litre boot is present and correct alongside five seats and a large colour touch-screen entertainment system.
This one has been fitted with a few police-style gadgets. There’s a panel for controlling flashing blue and red lights, a button to dial 999 for backup, and possibly specialist on-board communications.
Yep, you really can go and order one of these right now. The conversion process takes around four weeks and costs from £118,688. At least that seems to include the price of the car…