Since the current market trend favours utility vehicles, there are now many to choose from, and there’s one to satisfy the needs and wants of just about everybody. And in the United States, a little automaker has decided to slip itself into the lucrative luxury SUV segment.
Founded by Ferris Rezvani, the company that bears his name shouldn’t have too much difficulty setting itself apart from the mass of powerful and expensive trucks with its new model, called the Tank.
A four-door SUV qualified as a “tactical urban vehicle,” the Tank seems to be based on the Jeep Wrangler’s architecture, boasting a jaw-dropping, futuristic, military design that wouldn’t seem out of place in the Halo video game series. With an overall length similar to that of a midsize SUV, it’s otherwise larger and higher than full-size vehicles, including the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The SUVs of the defunct Hummer brand look like toys beside Rezvani’s new creation.
And yet, the company claims a curb weight of only 4,300 pounds., which seems light given the sheer size.
As standard, we get a 6.4-litre HEMI V-8, courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), which produces about 500 horsepower. Or, optionally, the supercharged 6.2-litre Hellcat V-8, which belts out 707 hp. To the four-wheel-drive system, one of two off-road packages is available, which raises ground clearance and includes FOX shocks. The brakes count on 16-inch discs up front, pinched by eight-piston callipers.
The Rezvani Tank offers an elegant cabin, with seats wrapped in fancy leather upholstery. Otherwise, one can quickly spot trim pieces of the Jeep it is based on. Standard and optional features include a night-vision camera system, heads-up display, suede headliner and more. This brute is available starting at US$159,000.
The Tank Military edition is even more extreme, with B7-level bulletproof armour, an underbody protection against explosions, a beefed-up suspension, a rear smokescreen system, sirens, an intercom system with external speakers, gas masks and a hyperthermia kit, all starting from US$259,000.
According to Rezvani Motors, the Tank can be serviced at any FCA dealership around the world, and this monster is street-legal as well. Anybody interested?
— LC Media