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Armoured Aston Leaves You Shaken, Hopefully Not Stirred
An Aston Martin DB11 that's been armoured.
If you’re looking to live out your James Bond fantasies a little more…we’ll say accurately than most? Then we’ve got good news for you. German auto armourer Trasco has just the ticket. An Aston Martin DB11 that’s been armoured.
The company armours the kind of vehicles you might expect. Like Mercedes S-Class limos, Toyota Land Cruisers, and Chevrolet Suburban 3500s. Yup, bet you didn’t even know Chevy still made a Suburban that big. Sometimes you don’t want to be chauffeured, but still need a bit of security. Enter this DB11.
Trasco says the DB11 has been upgraded with the company’s Q Line, and we’re guessing attaching Q to this car is no coincidence. It uses ballistic materials like steel and composites in the doors and Level 4 Certified Ballistic Glass all around. All that extra thickness likely pays off on the luxury side too, since it should dampen the sound more than the standard thin panes.
The company calls it A-Kip, for anti-kidnapping. According to their website, the car is designed to withstand fire from handguns, up to .44 Magnum. So it might not help in a full-out firefight with a gang of henchmen, but it’ll get you out of a carjacking attempt or a kidnapping attempt. No word on if it can withstand crotch-directed lasers, inflatable canisters, or knife-brimmed bowler hats. Though we expect that it likely would.
Like Doc Brown would say, if you’re going to build an armoured car, why not do it with some style. You’d be hard pressed to find a more beautiful armoured car than this one. Though the company is able to add protection to other luxury cars like Audis, Jaguars, or even Porsches. The best part is that it continues to look stock, even with the frameless window of the Aston. Which is exactly what you want for blending in with traffic. At least as much as you can in a brand new Aston Martin.
With that extra protection comes some extra weight, but probably not as much as you’d expect. The company says that the armour adds around 150 kg. That’s pretty light by the standard of an armoured car. Which means that the 5.2L twin-turbo V12’s 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque shouldn’t be dulled too much by the extra weight. Maybe call up AMR for a few extra ponies should you absolutely need to be the fastest on the road.
If you’re looking to buy one, this one’s for sale by Trasco on Jameslist. There’s no price, but like they say. If you have to ask…
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