California-based custom vehicle builder Rezvani is best known for building supercars, but the company’s latest offering is a luxurious and capable off-roader, aptly named the Tank.
The bulletproof SUV is reportedly built on Jeep Wrangler underpinnings and is powered by a 6.4-litre Hemi V8 that produces 373 kW of power and 583Nm of torque. It features an on-demand four-wheel-drive system and although Rezvani doesn’t specify, rumours suggest an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
What sets it apart from your average high-end, capable off-road vehicle is the military style add-ons. These include regular night vision as well as thermal night vision, bullet-resistant Kevlar armour, a Kevlar constructed fuel tank, and B6 glass all around (which will protect occupants from bullets from hand-guns up to and including high-powered rifles).
With its futuristic look, including power-operated rear-opening rear doors, we think that the Tank is fit to star in the upcoming Terminator movie, which will once again be directed by James Cameron – who has convinced original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Cameron’s ex-wife Linda Hamilton to revive the franchise.
Hamilton played Connor in 1984’s The Terminator and 1991’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but she and Cameron did not return for three subsequent films, while Schwarzenegger made his final appearance in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, before moving to politics. The sixth Terminator movie due in 2019 will pick up the storyline from where the second movie left off, ignoring the all the other timelines.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cameron convinced Hamilton to come on board again like this: “I called her up, and I said: ‘Look, we could rest on our laurels. It’s ours to lose, in a sense. We created this thing several decades ago. But, here’s what can be really cool. You can come back and show everybody how it’s done. Because in my mind, it hasn’t been done a whole lot since the way she did it back in ’91.”
The Tank comes with the choice of ‘two unique off-road packages’, the Off-Road Package, while the ‘Off-Road Extreme Package.’
The ‘Off-Road Package’ adds on a six-inch lift, larger off-road tyres, Dynatrac ProRock 44/60 axle set with E-lockers, and Fox Remote Reservoir Shocks.
The top-end ‘Off-Road Extreme Package’ includes Dynatrac ProRock XD60/80 axle set with air lockers and an air compressor, Dynatrac ProGrip front and rear brakes, and Fox Internal Bypass Shocks with DSC and even bigger tyres.
If the action film does include the Rezvani Tank, the producers can pick one up from $178 000 (around R2.4 million).