Street legal but capable of extreme offroading.
Earlier this year, Californian automaker Rezvani declared war on Porsche with the Beast Alpha, a carbon fiber-bodied sports car that the carmaker boldly branded as a "Porsche killer" with a Cosworth-tuned 2.5-liter supercharged engine producing 400 horsepower and a starting price of $95,000. And now, like many automakers, it has its sights on the lucrative SUV market. Last year, Rezvani announced it was working on an "ultra-rugged SUV," and now teaser images have been released ahead of its imminent reveal in less than a week.
Rezvani's first SUV is called the "Tank," which leaves little to the imagination about its aspirations. It's military-inspired as the name suggests, with a design that takes its cues from classic off-roaders like the Jeep Wrangler, but the overall profile evokes the shape of a Hummer. Offering room for five occupants, the automaker claims that the Tank is "the toughest SUV on the planet," with a high ground clearance, body-on-frame chassis, "a world class suspension system" and on demand four-wheel drive as standard for tackling rough terrain. Living up to its military inspiration, optional upgrades will include thermal/night vision systems and ballistic armor protection.
We wanted to offer a fresh design for a purpose-built, rugged, off-road capable vehicle that was muscular, well proportioned, and brand new," says CEO Ferris Rezvani. "The design was inspired by extreme off-road concepts typically never seen on the road, but is completely street legal and ready for production." Two engine options will be available. The entry-level model has a 3.6-liter V6 with 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Alternatively, buyers can upgrade to the more menacing 6.4-liter V8 model with 500 hp and 430 lb-ft. A more powerful model will also join the line-up next year. Rezvani is already accepting $1,000 refundable deposits, with deliveries starting later this year.