VW AGGRESSOR TDi
The highways of the future will be no-go areas for all but the most
advanced PPVs (personal protection vehicles). VW is set to unveil
their prototype later this year: the Aggressor TDi Mark1. With a
high-end combination of power, luxury and weapon systems, this new
anti-riot vehicle promises both driver comfort and unimaginable
violence. I got a sneak preview.
The Aggressor is based on the chassis of the classic VW camper van,
tooled and modified to deliver nothing less than 600bhp intimidation.
Independent suspensions and portal axles provide 14 inches of ground
clearance, front, rear and centre differentials are Torsen type
and there are disk brakes on each wheel.
Double wishbone suspension allows the vehicle to approach any terrain
with confidence and at 8.6m long, 2.2m wide and boasting an 8 cylinder
Deisel 5.5 litre engine, this is sure to be a head-turner when you
roll into the car park of your local supermarket.
Defence systems and anti-riot features include a reinforced steel
plow, bulletproof windows and Kevlar tyres. As for the on-board
anti-force deterrents, look forward to front and rear mounted high
pressure water cannons, bean bag launchers and gas bombs. A full-functioning
kitchen and 4 fold down beds allow the vehicle to stay on the road
for days at a time, with an electric shower and a compact "chill
out room" (DVD, wi-fi and X-Box 360) allowing passengers to
relax inside while all hell is breaking loose outside.
If you ever dreamed of putting the family in an RV for an adventure
trip around Afghanistan, this is the car for you.
The Mark 1 is the entry level Aggressor and is aimed at the regular
consumer who anticipates no more than day to day low intensity combat
situations. The variants promise a host of extra features, like
the snow treads and triage facilities in the soon to be seen Mark
On the road
At a whopping 3,500kg, I found the vehicle sluggish in the
turn and frustratingly slow in the overtake stakes. Still,
this baby was not built for speed: it was built to generate
fear and alarm. And in that respect - it's a winner. In an
hour long test, lead developer John Kiernan and I succesfully
broke up a BNP rally, a gathering of crusties and a hostile
crowd of pensioners banging on the windows of a failed bank.
In the cabin
The Aggressor has a fully armored driver/passenger area protected
by bullet-resistant glass and toughened steel. In a nice touch,
VW have included the flower holder seen on the dashboard of
the Beetle, helping to give the Aggressor the feel of a user-friendly
people carrier, rather than an anti-riot vehicle. In fact,
the front interior will be familiar to anyone who has driven
the Beetle: airy, spacious and - dare I say it - a little
The surprisingly user friendly dashboard provides
at a glance touch screen access to everything from Heads Up
Display (HUD) to radio frequency jammers and the iTunes Store.
It's a looker, it's got muscle, it does what it says on
the tin and more, but it'll set you back a whopping £170,000,
For those with deep enough pockets, the Mark 3 comes at twice
that price but includes air support. What it's got most of
all, of course, is the "I Want One!" factor. The
Aggressor could be a hit.