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So safe it's bulletproof: Volvo XC90 Armoured debuts

Should the XC90 Armoured be sold in Australia?

A bulletproof version of the Volvo XC90 SUV has been revealed, and it apparently gives the car the ability to survive a bomb blast. 

Reportedly under development for more than two years after receiving “numerous requests” for such a car, Volvo claims the armoured XC90 is rated for ‘VR8’ protection. This means that it has ballistic protection from every direction, and will protect you against explosives.

The glass is up to 50mm thick. The glass is up to 50mm thick.

This is because the windows in the XC90 Armoured can be up to 50mm thick, and the steel armour is up to 10mm thick. There’s a fire suppression system in the engine bay, and an emergency escape hatch in the boot so occupants can escape the cabin if need be.

Because of the upgrades, the XC90 Armoured reportedly weighs 4.49 tonnes, and upgraded suspension and brakes were fitted to cope with the added weight.

Under the bonnet of the XC90 Armoured is the standard XC90’s T6 all-wheel drive powertrain, though Volvo is yet to disclose if it has been upgraded from the standard tune, which makes 235kW/400Nm.

A fire suppression system is under the bonnet. A fire suppression system is under the bonnet.

"Production is carried out with extreme diligence, which is imperative in order to fulfil the exceptionally high requirements placed on this class of security product. We strive to ensure that the car retains its properties despite the extensive armouring," said Stephan Green, head of marketing at Volvo Special Vehicles.

"The armour is fitted discreetly to make the car barely distinguishable from a standard XC90. Every customer also has their own unique requirements, which we satisfy by means of customised production."

The XC90 Armoured is priced from £450,000 (AUD$818,000) in the UK. A cheaper XC60 Armoured is also under development, as well as a less armoured XC90. The model is reportedly aimed primarily at Latin American countries.

The XC90 Armoured features an emergency hatch in the boot. The XC90 Armoured features an emergency hatch in the boot.

The XC90 Armoured is only available in left-hand drive, and therefore will not be sold in Australia.

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