This armored Aston Martin DB11 will make you feel like James Bond.
Armored cars are a bit of a strange breed. If you’ve already got the kind of money to afford a supercar, then a little extra to make it bulletproof really won’t break the bank. But where are you driving your expensive supercar that you need to worry about drive-bys? It’s not like too many folks are driving their Lamborghinis in downtown Detroit these days.
But let’s say for the sake of argument that you’re a well-to-do person that wants to drive in dangerous places but still be driving a fancy car. If that’s absolutely something that you must do, there are plenty of companies to cater to your tastes.
One such company is Trasco, a Germany-based vehicle armoring team that will take nearly any car you can throw at them and turns it into a bulletproof sanctuary. And their latest creation is an Aston Martin DB11.
The Bond references are immediate and obvious--who wouldn’t feel like a British super spy while driving around in an armored, all-black Aston Martin?
Trasco says they’re able to add level 4 armoring to the DB11, which will protect “against attacks with handguns, kidnapping, carjacking, or theft of valuables.” One would assume that a lock would protect against most of those problems, but being able to stop a handgun bullet is pretty useful.
Level 4 is actually fairly light when it comes to armor protection. It’ll stop a .44 magnum round, but anything from an assault rifle like an AR-15 or an AK-47 is likely to penetrate the armor, especially at close range. Granted, the most common threat in America is a handgun, but there are still plenty of assault rifles around that level 4 just might not be protection enough.
The good news is that the armor only adds about 330 lbs to the car, so it shouldn’t horribly affect the DB11’s performance. It’ll be like driving around two passengers or one really heavy passenger, only with the weight more evenly distributed. Since the DB11 has 600 horsepower from its 5.2-L twin-turbo V12, that much weight shouldn’t be felt too much.