The Rezvani Tank, which could well be the most extreme SUV on sale in the world right now, has been given a total overhaul for its second-generation model set to launch for the 2020 model year, with it now only becoming more bulletproof than ever – quite literally.
Underneath, the 2020 Tank will be based on the new JL Jeep Wrangler platform (the previous model was based on the JK) and shares many interior components with the donor car, although there’s plenty of leather and bespoke seats to try and distract occupants from the Jeep connection.
The body of the Tank has been completely redesigned, too, although in passing, the differences between it and the old one aren’t so clear. The most obvious design change, however, is the fitment of normal door handles and the rear suicide doors being changed for traditionally front hinged units.
Like the first-generation model, the Tank continues to have an armoured, bulletproof body, but it’s now not only ready to withstand gunfire but nuclear war, too.
That’s not hyperbole, either, as has been fitted with an electro-magnetic pulse protection system, which in the event that EMPs were to be radiated during a nuclear attack, the system fitted to the Tank will prevent your electronic devices from being disabled, meaning you can keep the tunes playing through the standard Apple CarPlay.
In the US, the base model will come with the Wrangler’s 213kW 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 as standard, along with a four-inch lift kit using Fox shocks, while export models will come with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot as standard.
In its home market, it’ll set you back US$155,000 (AU$223,000) in base spec, although for an additional US$35,000 (AU$51,000) a 6.4-litre HEMI V8 can also be had.
Other options for the base model include an even higher six-inch lift kit, towing package, auto-retracting side steps, sports exhaust, and the not often seen option of a thermal imaging system. Good for hunting down your enemies with at night.
Meanwhile, the US$295,000 (AU$429,000) Military Edition is where you gain all of the Tank’s very best safety features. When we say safety, we’re not talking blind-spot monitoring and lane departure warning, we’re talking about things like bulletproof glass, military-spec run-flat tyres, additional underbody protection, a self-sealing fuel tank, electrified door handles, the aforementioned EMP protection system, gas masks, blinding lights, and even a smoke screen system. Doomsdayers – this thing simply has to be your next car.
In the Military Edition model, the V6 is ditched for a 6.4-litre HEMI V8, with only two options available – a siren system, and… oh yeah, the 746kW 6.2-litre supercharged V8 from the Dodge Demon.
The Tank X with the Demon’s engine is, unsurprisingly, the most expensive variant in the range, with it listed at US$349,000 – that’s over $500,000 Australian.
Of course, that figure is just a conversion of the US pricing of the Tank, and the cost of getting one all the way here if you were that determined and that rich would obviously be a ridiculous amount more – assuming it would be legal to register here under the rarity criterion of the new Road Vehicle Standards Bill’s Specialist and Enthusiast Vehicle Scheme.
But regardless of the immense cost of the fully-kitted out Tank, the real question is whether or not its worth that much to survive the impending end of the entire world. That is, if you’re that convinced that it’s coming.