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The Volvo XC90 Armoured Is Perfect For Stylish Dictators

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The new XC90 Armoured takes the Swedish automaker's reputation for safety to another level.

Volvo has built its reputation on safety. But some customers require more than protection from potential collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians. They need protection from belligerent attack. And for those customers, Volvo has come out with the new XC90 Armoured.

The reinforced crossover is based on the XC90 T6 AWD, but encompasses steel plating 10 mm (0.4 inches) thick, and bulletproof glass up to 50 mm (2 inches) thick. The result is ballistic protection certified at VPAM VR8 levels, which means it can withstand firearm and explosive forces 360 degrees around.

The armor adds an extra 3,000-plus pounds to the vehicle's curb weight, which rises to nearly 10,000 pounds with five occupants on board. So Volvo's also fitting the XC90 Armoured with a beefed-up suspension and brakes.

"We are proud to be able to offer these armoured cars. With our armoured cars, we can provide vehicles with a high level of personal security for individuals who require heightened protection,” says Stephan Green, Marketing Director at Volvo Cars Special Vehicles. "Production is classified, with stringent procedures and oversight in place in order to attain the stipulated ballistic requirements.”

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The vehicles roll off the assembly line in Sweden and are then sent to TRASCO Bremen GmbH in Germany to receive the upgrades. The first customer deliveries are set to commence by the end of the year. And for those who don't require such a high level of ballistic protection, Volvo is also offering lighter-armored versions of both the XC90 and the smaller XC60, earmarked particularly for Latin American and European customers – be they security officials, diplomats, or private individuals facing a higher than usual level of threat to their personal safety.