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Luckily, the car is heavily armored.

Jay Leno drives some incredible vehicles - from secret Ferraris to television icons. In the latest episode of Jay Leno's Garage, Leno has the opportunity to drive a very different type of vehicle, an armored car from a company called AddArmor. The armoring specialist built what has been dubbed the fastest armored vehicle in the world. It started life as an Audi RS7, which is a quick car in its own right, but was made even faster before receiving its armoring.

The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 was given an APR Plus Stage II tune, increasing the output to 760 horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque. Before adding any armor, the APR RS7 could hit 0-62 mph in just 2.9 seconds and even with the additional weight is still capable of going over 200 mph.

via Jay Leno's Garage
via Jay Leno's Garage
via Jay Leno's Garage

In the episode, Leno attempts to avoid a staged attack by Joe Vega, AddArmor's vice president of Research and Development and a former US Special Mission Unit Operator. Leno is able to demonstrate some of the RS7's unique features including an onboard smokescreen, drone frequency jamming, shock handles, and pepper spray dispensers. AddArmor is so confident in the RS7's armoring, they even shoot four rounds from a 9mm handgun at the windows and let Leno drive it through flames.

"The idea behind adding armor is to create a mobile saferoom that protects its passengers from any type of attack and provides peace of mind that cannot be achieved in an unarmored vehicle," AddArmor CEO and former Special Forces Mission Unit Commander Pete Blaber explained.

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via Jay Leno's Garage
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"We wanted to show that our armor is so light that we can get this car up to nearly 200 miles per hour. Our lightweight armor is a big differentiator from a lot of our competitors using steel," AddArmor President Jeff Engen added. The end result is a weight gain of only 200 pounds over a stock RS7 and the whole package is available for $205,000. The full episode of Jay Leno's Garage featuring the AddArmor RS7 (number 501) is now available on CNBC.com.

via Jay Leno's Garage
via Jay Leno's Garage

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