Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Have a Metric Ton of Cash? You Might Want This Bitchin’ Armored Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Armored Mercedes-Benz Sprinter by IMKAS
Listen up, barons of business, arms smugglers, and anyone who actually found a proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: Inkas Armored Vehicle Manufacturing in Toronto, Canada, has created a new armored Mercedes-Benz Sprinter that that makes one of our favorite guilty pleasures even awesomer.

Using the Sprinter’s bone stock dualie frame, the Inkas Sprinter can carry an additional 1200 pounds of payload—that’s a lot of blood diamonds—thanks its custom-built, composite body shell that uses lightweight armoring materials. The standard sliding door was replaced by a side-hinged piece, which Inkas says is better for security, offers improved ballistic protection, and is easier to operate. Both sides of the van even come with a little square window that reminds us of a bubble window on a ’70s-vintage Dodge Tradesman.

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The interior looks like the inside of bank vault, fittingly enough, and is separated into three compartments. The driver and a passenger sit up front, a guard occupies the middle compartment, and the load of precious cargo goes in the back, with each area separated by a wall and a door. We’re not sure what the thing weighs, but we’re relatively sure that it doesn’t weigh as much as most armored vehicles. Power comes from the Sprinter’s 3.0-liter diesel V-6 mated to a five-speed automatic transmission.

If you are, as were we, mildly disappointed that the Inkas Sprinter doesn’t come with Mad Max–style bumper guards or a turret on top, consider the advantage of carrying a billion dollars in cash (which would be a lot, even in Canadian dollars) around in something that looks like a flower-delivery van rather than a 10-ton Class 6 rolling brick that screams “I’m carrying the Hope Diamond and enough cash to buy a large Mediterranean island!” We’re thinking that stealth trumps ego in such situations, eh?

Armored Mercedes-Benz Sprinter by IMKAS

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