The Knight XV is built to protect precious cargo, not gold or cash, but in this case people. People with enough gold or cash to feel the need to protect themselves with ballistic hardened steel.
This menacing off-roader is the flagship of Conquest Vehicles of Toronto, Canada. It combines the 4WD capability with ultra-luxurious features in the cabin. The vehicle is based on an upgraded Ford 550 Super Duty chassis, weighing a mammoth 5,897 kg and is powered by a 6.8-liter petrol engine, mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.
The Knight XV is manufactured with ballistic hardened steel, ballistic fiberglass for the fenders and up to 64 mm transparent armor glass, it features ballistic run-flat tires, covering the 500mm forged 6061 aluminum rims, which are also used on commercial aircraft landing gear.
An external listening device/intercom, electrostatic window opaquing, a siren, night-vision cameras, under-vehicle magnetic attachment detector and a security safe, behind the rear console are just some of the security features that the Knight XV is equipped with.
Inside you’ll find four individual electrically adjustable and heated seats in the rear cabin, facing each other, Wilton wool carpets, ultra suede and carbon fiber trim, a refrigerator, work/computer table, DirecTV system, Playstation 4 gaming console, iPad integrated into the center console, forward and rear facing video monitors and an armored sunroof.
In the front, the driver and passenger also have leather seats with power controls, GPS navigation, Alpine multimedia system and another armored sunroof. Other feautures include mood lighting, parking sensors, stainless steel running boards, remote entry and push-button start (up to 1.6km away).
Only 100 units of the Knight XV are produced and each takes approximately 4 000 hours to hand-build. Chassis 11, listed for sale on eBay for $565,000 (R8 745 380), has done 17,009 km.