There are bulletproof vehicles, and there are bombproof vehicles. This latest creation from Volvo belongs to the latter category in the form of the (rather unimaginably named) XC90 Armored. But one look at the car and you won't think it can withstand explosives.
Like most armored vehicles for dignitaries, diplomats, and those seeking a low profile, Volvo designed this special XC90 to look as inconspicuous as possible. That being said, it is based on the top of the line variant of the XC90, which is dubbed the Inscription. Still, the overall appearance can still pass for a standard model.
According to Volvo, it took them two years to develop the XC90 Armored. It wasn't as simple as slapping on bullet-resistant and bomb-deflective materials on the vehicle. The Swedish automaker mad sure that their mobile bunker could still handle similarly to its non-armored counterpart, the laws of physics permitting.
For this XC90, it boasts high-strength steel armor measuring 10 millimeters thick. The plating surrounds the vehicle to ensure 360-degree protection. Kevlar was also used on the vehicle. For those who need even more protection, the thickness of the glass can be up to 50 millimeters. Not only that, it has a 'bank vault' style rear cargo bay.
All the additional protection adds 1.4 tons to the vehicle, says Volvo. As it is, the XC90 already weighs in a substantial 2,343 kilograms. That, by the way is base curb weight, and the total weight of the XC90 Armored is a hefty 4,490 kilograms. Fortunately, it has uprated brakes and suspension to keep up with all that added mass.
This particular XC90 is the T6 model, meaning it uses a 'TwinCharged' 2.0-liter engine. With the aid of a supercharger and a turbocharger, it makes 320 PS and and 400 Nm of torque. However, with tons of armor plating and thick glass on board, we're not expecting it to be a fast vehicle, and it's highly unlikely that it can match the stock model's 0 to 100 km/h sprint of 6.5 seconds. Still, it should have more than enough grunt to get out of harm's way.