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Edition # 8
R eview - Tuscan TVR Bulletproof Car
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Tuscan security
bulletproof car imageTerror threat prompts bulletproof car

It was only a matter of time before motor manufacturers responded to the global terror threat by producing the first comercially available bulletproof car. The Tuscan TVR-x features anti-shatter windows and kevlar honeycomb panelling which even extends over the wheels offering extra protection for tyres.
Wreckered road test
This beast is intended for the overseas market, catering for executives and financiers whose roles in multinational companies leave them prey to kidnap and terror attacks. Available as two or four seat versions, I took the two-seater for a run round the Isle of Man - imagining myself as a BP exec being pursued by gun-totin' Venezualan banditos.

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On the road
1200 kg of sheer muscle hefted by a straight six 4.2 litre in tandem with TVR's sequential gearbox and a power to weight ratio of 450 bhptonne.

12 inches longer than the Tuscan Speed Six,
the TVR-x hails machismo as the zenith of motoring development.

Top speed of 210 mph is faster than an Apache helicopter - which is what you'd need to intimidate
this car.

A compromise between aerodynamics
and armour mean less compliant handling than
one would like but the air suspension system
(and the roll cage) provide peace of mind even
at high speeds.

In the cabin
The two-seater allows space for long range fuel tanks while still feeling more spacious than the Diablo GT's 392.

Surprisingly quiet inside, even at 8000 revs, the interior oozes walnut and mahogany class, with bespoke hide seats and a raft of electronic systems and navigation aids.

Crystal LED windscreens can be fully tinted at the flick of a switch for extra discretion. (Nice). Okay - this is no DB7 and perhaps the seats could be a little higher but, given the personal defence purpose of this vehicle, the Tuscan delivers comfort, security and show-offablility in spades.

And no, this bulletproof car does not have an ejector seat.


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