For many who Mercedes-Maybach GLS is just not luxurious sufficient and an armoured Mercedes is just not protected sufficient, Dartz – the Latvian producer of high-performance armoured autos – presents them one thing very particular: the restricted collection of the Dartz Black Alligator MMXX, known as Black Tiger Lunar Yr Version.
For 10 years, since Dartz entered the Chinese language market, the tremendous unique Latvian producer of luxurious armoured fashions has been providing particular collection of fashions primarily based on the Chinese language Zodiac. This yr, primarily based on the Black Alligator MMXX, Dartz comes up with a particular collection known as Black Tiger Lunar Yr Version to mark 2022, the Yr of the Tiger. And the orange and black colors aren’t unintentional as they signify the precise colors of the tiger.
The Black Alligator MMXX is the primary machine constructed by DARTZ utilizing GBOL know-how, which was beforehand used just for the navy business. Thus, the Latvian producer has managed to not enhance the burden considerably and the Black Alligator MMXX weighs precisely the identical as a Mercedes-Maybach GLS that suggestions the scales at 2785 kg.
Dartz mentions that the ability of the 557-hp 4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine has been elevated, however they don’t present the precise figures. They solely point out that it’s 100-200-300 HP greater. However they reassure us that the additional 100-200-300 HP “will let you get out of the road of fireplace sooner than the unhealthy guys will take a look at how good your armor is”.
How was it attainable for an armored automotive to weigh as a lot as an unarmoured one? Dartz doesn’t wish to give away navy secrets and techniques however they provide us a clue. Sapphire glass, which will be twice as skinny, presents the identical safety and was created particularly for Dartz in Bohemia. Dartz may also provide an unarmored civilian model that will probably be even lighter than the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, which can let you get away from McDrive in a short time.
Usually, armoured automobiles have an armoured wall proper behind the rear seats. However this makes the dear rear passenger really feel like a prisoner. Dartz has accomplished away with this wall and armoured the tailgate to offer passengers extra freedom. And so there’s a small bar the place the passenger can rejoice escaping an ambush.
There are not any door handles to be seen wherever and you’d assume that they’re camouflaged within the bodywork floor, however Dartz tells us that they’re previous good mechanical door handles. They fail to inform us although, the place precisely they’re situated. And one other good element. The automotive has eight exhaust pipes, one for every cylinder. Dartz is without doubt one of the solely builder whose automobiles haven’t wanted digital engine sound simulation within the current years. Sadly, we dwell in shitty occasions the place the engine seems like a telephone.
There are not any rearview mirrors both as a result of they’ve been changed by cameras positioned within the little wing-shaped locations on the bonnet. The cameras are primarily for security as a result of when the automotive is being shot at and you may’t see out of the home windows, the cameras make it easier to see the place to get out of an ambush.
Dartz aren’t too proud of the contact screens and have exchanged trendy “pill gauges” with an previous good digital. As a result of Dartz clients put on mechanical watches. However they nonetheless left a desk for navigation as a result of navigation on a paper map is just not the perfect resolution as we speak. However you possibly can optionally order diamonds on board.
Dartz proprietor Leonard Yankelovich:
“Luxurious is just too widespread a phrase…luxurious you should buy in a grocery store. I exploit the phrase opulence”.
Audio system? Sure, in fact. A bespoke one for a bespoke automotive. However it isn’t a CD or an MP3 participant. There’s a reel to reel tape as vital choice.
Dartz turned well-known in 2012, after they have been contacted by Paramount Photos on behalf of Sacha Baron Cohen with the duty of making a logo of limitless financial assets for a fictional character, representing an oppressing dictator of a fictional North-African nation, starring Sir Ben Kingsley.
Dartz supplied them with a fleet of Dartz Motors Prombron gold-plated armoured fashions, with a weird leather-based inside and heavy-duty armour in addition to a full assist crew throughout the filming and premiere of The Dictator, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, which came about in London in 2012. Subsequently, two Dartz Motorz Prombron fashions appeared in Die Onerous 5 starring Bruce Willys (2013), whereas Olga Kurylenko and Pierce Brosnan used one other Dartz mannequin in The November Man (2014).