The Roshel Senator APC is more than enough to handle anything that life throws at you.
We’re big on road-going tanks here at HotCars. Frankly, if we could arm all our trucks with heavy machine guns and run around like a sequel to Mad Max, we would. Sadly, we live in a civilized society where such things are generally frowned upon. But that doesn’t stop these armored toys from looking freakin’ cool.
Here we have the latest toy to come out of Toronto, Ontario-based Roshel Defence Solutions: The Senator. So named after appointed (at least in Canada) political position or the Ottawa Senators hockey team. It doesn’t say in the press release, but it could be either or.
Roshel makes all kinds of juicy toys, from armored Lincoln Navigators (which they get delivered from the Lincoln factory in Mississauga) to real electronic warfare devices that jam radios and knock-out drones.
The Senator is technically for police and military applications, which is why it looks like a tank. And also comes equipped with a turret, gun ports, ballistic glass capable of stopping a .50 cal, run-flat tires, and an armored floor that’s capable of taking a mine blast without killing everyone inside.
Powered by a 6.7-L V8 turbodiesel, the Senator gets 330 hp and an impressing 750 lb-ft of torque. That torque is shunted through a 6-spd automatic transmission and then sent to all four wheels so as to make it easier to traverse rubble-strewn streets or blast-marked fields.
Motor1 suspects that the chassis is actually a Ford Super Duty, and given the similar engine displacement and some of the interior features, we’re inclined to believe them.
Seating is up to 12, but with the Senator’s modular design you can configure it to do practically anything. Need a surveillance vehicle with tons of cameras and night vision? The Senator can do that. Need an armored personnel carrier that can mount a heavy machine gun and lay covering fire for your troops? The Senator can do that too.
Roshel says there is a civilian version, although somewhat less well equipped. So long as it comes with the armor and run-flat tires we think it’ll be fine, if a bit tough to find parking.
Pricing is set at “come ask and find out”, so make sure you’ve saved your pennies before giving Roshel a call.