$500,000 a Knight
High-class security Canadian-style comes at a price, writesMARKHINCHLIFFE
NO, IT’S not an extra from a Transformers movie. It’s the Knight XV, a Canadian armoured vehicle that looks like a Hummer on steroids.
And with a right-hand-drive version available, it could be coming to Australia, company spokesman Seth Feller says.
‘‘Several Aussies have expressed interest in acquiring the Knight XV and we expect to have a few Down Under within 12 months,’’ he says.
‘‘We are working on pricing the Knight XV with right-hand drive and estimate it would be about $500,000.’’
At 6m long and 2.5m high, the Knight XV is substantially bigger than a Hummer H2.
It’s based on Ford’s F350 pick-up truck, but it’s bigger— much bigger, like 5.5 tonnes.
Most of that weight is in the armour-plating and 6cm-thick armoured glass. The doors are so heavy they have reinforced hinges.
Feller says the Knight is for people who need luxury as well as security.
‘‘Our target market consists of high-net-worth individuals, professional athletes, music artists, heads of state and automotive collectors who are looking for a bespoke vehicle that delivers top-notch security and luxury,’’ he says.
‘‘Also, because of the size of the Knight XV, anyone who likes making a grand entrance would certainly enjoy the Knight XV experience.’’
The Knight XV comes standard with night-vision cameras front and rear, a roof-mounted camera and tyres that will survive most gunfire, but still function if punctured.
Security options include more surveillance cameras, an external listening device, under-vehicle magnetic sensor to detect explosives, a GPS transmitter, bolt-lock door system, roof-mounted searchlight, oxygen survival kit and a smoke security system.
The Knight XV is powered by a 6.8-litre V10 Ford engine with 298kW and a huge 677Nm. If that’s not enough, a turbocharger is available as an option.
For the greenies, it will also run on 85 per cent ethanol mixture and a diesel engine is available.
The company calls it its ‘‘first ultra-luxurious, fully armoured, environmentally respectful, handcrafted SUV’’.
But a 151-litre fuel tank and the option of an auxiliary tank indicate it doesn’t have great economy (figures are not available).
The Knight XV sits on 20-inch wheels with 40-inch desert tyres and has 4WD with a five-speed auto.
But just because it’s big, ugly and armour-plated doesn’t mean it has no luxury items. Inside are six leather seats with a conference table, wool carpets, DVD system, suede trim and laptop plugs.