Say you’re into fast cars, but you’re also the target of nefarious individuals who want to see you sleeping with the fishes. The AddArmor APR Audi RS7 might just be for you.
Until relatively recently, armouring a sportscar meant losing the ‘sports’ part. Cars like the armoured Peugeot 205 GTi once owned by French billionaire Bernard Arnault were interesting but weighed hundreds of kilograms more than they should.
But this RS7, with an APR-tuned 4.0-litre V8 making 567kW and 1085Nm, weighs only 91kg more than standard. Given the RS7 is a 1930kg car as stock, that’s less than a 5 per cent weight increase.
As such, AddArmor claims the car can hit 97km/h (60mph) in just 2.9 seconds, which is only half a tenth off the claimed 0-100km/h run of a Porsche 991.2 911 GT2 RS.
AddArmor president Jeff Engen says advances in armouring mean options are no longer limited to limos and SUVs for armoured cars.
“With the new AddArmor APR RS7, we wanted to demonstrate how today’s armouring technology allows drivers to pick from a wide range of cars not normally associated with armoured vehicles. The total armouring weight of the AddArmor APR RS7 is no more than 200 pounds,” says Engen.
“That small amount of weight allows for exotic sports cars and even electric vehicles to be nicely armoured without compromising their performance or range.
“The key difference is AddArmor uses a polycarbonate composite instead of heavy steel plating. The weave offers a much stronger, lighter package that simultaneously allows the car to be much faster.”
The armouring in the AddArmor APR RS7 is designed to European B4-level, which is able to stop a shot from a .44 Magnum, or something like a shotgun.
Of course, the thought arises that maybe it’d be possible to drive fast enough to outrun a bullet, but given bullets from sidearms can travel at speeds upwards of 1000km/h, the APR-tuned RS7’s 325km/h top speed is about 675km/h too slow.