This 6,000-Pound Porsche 911 Is Literally Bulletproof

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It started out as a regular 996 Carrera.

The average armored vehicle tends to be a full-size luxury sedan or SUV. For the world's elite - or perhaps those involved in shady underdealings - it makes sense for an armored vehicle to not just be able to ward off bullets or worse but to look like it can as well. Something like a sinister-looking Audi A8 makes perfect sense.

A less likely candidate for a bulletproof vehicle is a low-slung sports car and, more specifically, a Porsche 911. Believe it or not, such a Porsche actually exists. In the video below, we get a closer look at what is literally the strongest 911 on earth. The foundation of this one-off bulletproof Porsche was a 996 Carrera, perhaps the most unloved 911, in part due to its divisive styling.

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From the outside, you wouldn't know it was different from any other 996 with its blemish-free Dragonfly Turquoise metallic paintwork. As the narrator shows, it takes knocking your finger against the window glass to reveal that this is no ordinary 911 - the deep sound emanating from each knock is the first sign of this 911's tough construction. An unnamed customer allegedly requested such a vehicle, which led to the armored 911's creation, a car that now resides in the Porsche Museum.

The reinforcements include 20 mm (nearly 0.8-inch) thick glass. The only visible difference is a two-inch black border around the windows that don't appear on the stock 996s. The steel bodywork has been replaced with Dyneema, a high-energy-absorbing composite fiber that is 15 times stronger than steel despite weighing the same.

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Porsche conducted tests to gauge the strength of this unique 911's body and says that it can withstand both a 9 mm handgun and a 0.44 Magnum revolver. Naturally, this armored 911 is a heavy beast, weighing in at around 6,000 pounds or more than double that of a normal 996 Carrera. The powerplant hasn't been upgraded, so you'll only have around 300 horsepower to play with from the flat-six engine, which will make quick getaways a challenge.

In the cabin, the major change is the dramatically lower noise levels due to the thick glass. Other than that, it's a typical 996 interior with leather and the other features expected of a high-end sports car. The 996 was followed by the far better 997, but this one-of-one bulletproof prototype is the Porsche you'll want to be inside in a sticky situation.

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