How would you like an armored Hummer H2 with a sinister makeover?
Dartz is a Latvian coachbuilder that has been known for making armored SUVs using a proprietary blend of Kevlar coated in titanium. That allows their vehicles to survive small arms fire without adding an excessive amount of weight that would come from steel plating.
Normally, Dartz prefers to base their vehicles off something a little closer to home--namely, the Mercedes G-Class wagon. However, their latest creation is based on the Hummer H2, GM’s civilian version of the military HMMWV and the first Hummer that could reasonably be expected to fit into a regular-sized parking space.
So the first thing Dartz did is modify the body so that it’s once again too large for regular parking.
They call their creation “Black Stallion” in honor of the Sikorsky helicopter of the same name. In an interview with Top Gear, a Dartz representative said that “Black Stallion is the next one in the helicopter series” which includes such “cars as Black Alligator and Black Shark.”
Dartz also explained that Black Stallion is just a one-off vehicle made specifically for an unannounced movie. They also didn’t say what character that the vehicle would be driven by, but given the overall look of the thing, we can safely assume it’s the personal ride of whatever supervillain will be trying to take over the world.
That sinister bodywork is made entirely of Kevlar and a hexagonal type of carbon fiber. The armoring adds over 1,000 lbs to the SUV, bringing it up to just over 7,600 lbs. Under the hood is the same stock V8 motor that the H2 was born with, which is either a 6.0-L or a 6.2-L with either 325 hp or 393 hp.
Dartz plans to make a version of the Black Stallion for the open market but hasn’t decided on the exact form it will take. Top Gear mentions it will either use the Mercedes G-Class as its base or it will retain the Hummer H2 chassis but be upgraded with a Hellcat engine, a new transmission, and beefed-up suspension.
(Source: Top Gear)