Step away from the Dartz Prombron 'Black Shark' or risk electrocution

Megalomaniacs rejoice! The new monster SUV from Dartz is fast, bomb-proof and absolutely hates the paparazzi
Step away from the Dartz 'Black Shark' Prombron or risk electrocution

Step away from the Dartz 'Black Shark' Prombron or risk electrocution

My word, that thing looks dangerous...We advise giving the new 'Black Shark' Prombron from Latvian military-grade vehicle manufacturer Dartz a wide berth. Not only is it skinned in B7-grade armour plating, which can withstand attacks from 7.62x51mm rifle bullets and landmines, but it also features electrified door handles that are primed to dish out a nasty shock should crazed autograph hunters, over-zealous paparazzi and wannabe kidnappers get too close.

Yacht owners are likely customers

Dartz 'Black Shark' Prombron

But it's grotesque, who would actually buy one of those things?You'd be surprised; there are plenty of well-heeled oligarchs and paranoid public figures that are looking for the last word in personal protection. But the 'Black Shark' Prombron isn't just a big, bulletproof SUV; it's also packed to the roof rack with cutting edge technology.

I bet you're about to mention a certain British spy...Electrochromatic windows that darken at the press of a button, explosives detection software, disappearing door handles and a signal jammer all come as standard on the 'Black Shark' – of course we're going to mention James Bond. Plus, customers can specify champagne holders, televisions, next-gen gaming consoles and built-in hookah pipes to make life inside the Prombron more comfortable. Things don't get much more 007 than that.

Watch out paps: this shark bites!

Dartz 'Black Shark' Prombron

It's clearly a chunky beast but is it slow?Official performance figures are yet to be released but Dartz cleverly bases its Prombron models on Mercedes-Benz GL underpinnings. That means a solid chassis and forgiving suspension set-up is already in place, plus buyers can choose either a 5.5-litre V8 AMG engine or a crazy powerful twin-turbo V12 that has been tuned to develop 1,500bhp. It might be heavy but with that many horses under the bonnet, it's not likely to be slow.

Will I ever see one on the road?It's highly unlikely as just five are destined to enter production but Dartz revealed that two special editions are heading to a keen client based in London. If you are offered a nose around, don't be surprised if it's decked out in some pretty shocking fabrics. Dartz has a track record of using bizarre hides, such as stingray, alligator, ostrich, crocodile and leather crafted from a whale's penis. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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