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By Mabuyane Kekana | Jul 01, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE world we live in is vastly different from the one our forefathers knew.

THE world we live in is vastly different from the one our forefathers knew.

There have always been hatred and enemies but the thought of walking around wearing an armoured outfit sounds absurd.

More and more people are showing an interest in armoured vehicles, according to Land Rover South Africa.

This was revealed at the launch of the new Range Rover and Discovery 3 armoured vehicles at Gerotek, outside Pretoria, last week.

Land Rover has been in the business of armoured vehicles for 10 years but only with the Range Rover.

But this year is the first time that Land Rover has introduced the armoured Discovery 3.

Who is interested in an armoured vehicle: royalty, governments, embassies, NGOs and wealthy individuals.

People in this bracket are not concerned about the price of the car but its safety features.

These armoured Land Rovers are the result of a joint venture between the car maker and the armoured company QinetiQ.

The Land Rovers were rated at the B6 level, which means they are proofed from shotguns to rifles such as M60 and AK-47s.

The time came for us to go around the facility driving the armoured vehicles.

Trying to open the door of the Range Rover was quite a job as it is heavy.

Getting on to the track driving felt as if I had all the weight on top of me. You can feel the car's weight even from the rear seat. Petrol consumption in the armoured Range Rover is a whopping 39,5-litre/100km.

The Range Rover is equipped with an independent oxygen supply, bullet proof glazing, run flat tyres, intercom system, rear view camera, self-sealing fuel tank, tamperproof exhaust and under-floor kevlar protection.

The armoured vehicles don't come cheap.

The armoured Range Rover is priced at R3,5million.


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