The new Porsche Panamera has been unjustly likened to a tank by some. Well now there might be just cause. Porsche is known for offering a myriad of options on all their new cars. However, when I recently used the Porsche car configurator to option out a new Panamera, I thought I had all there was on offer including a refrigerator in the back seat and a list price just north of $200k. Boy, was I wrong. For another $250k (for a total cost of $450,000) I could have a Panamera worthy of 3rd world dictator (or at least today's Wall Street CEOs).
According to an article on Luxist.com, JS Armored of Frankfurt Germany is offering a Porsche Panamera Turbo for sale on Jameslist (a global online luxury marketplace). Armored to B4 levels the protective Panamera will stop anything from 9mm rounds to a full metal jacket of a carbine rifle. B4 Armoring specifications include:
- 1/8" armored steel (3mm AR500 ballistic steel) in the doors, posts, overlaps and walls.
- Bullet resistant glass 39/40mm.
- 5 Run Flats including Spare.
- Armored Fuel Tank.
- Armored Battery and Radiator Protection.
- 3mm AR500 ballistics steel in the roof and floor.
- Tailpipe Protection.
- Power window driver side.
- Suspension Upgrade.
- Upraded door hinges.
Some times a good offense is better than an armored defense. While B4 armoring is better than nothing, it won't stop most automatic rifle fire and can't withstand a hit from a RPG or IED. Knowing that, it's nice to have the 500 hp of the Porsche Panamera turbo to rely on in case you need to get out of a bad situation in a hurry. If you need something with a little more protection to it, but want to stick with the Porsche badge, you could always opt for the Porsche Designed AMPV below.
[Source: Jameslist via Luxist.com; Armoring info via TexasArmoring.com