When riding in a modern Bentley, passengers can expect protection from road noise, howling wind, and harsh bumps. But what about bullets? Bentley currently doesn’t offer bulletproof cars, but recognizes a budding market does exist for armored vehicles.
According to a report from British newspaper The Guardian, over 80 percent of all Bentleys are sold in markets outside of the U.K., including a number of countries in Latin America, where demand for armored vehicles continues to increase.
“For these markets, security is an issue,” Bentley’s finance chief Jan-Henrik Lafrentz told The Guardian. “There is also demand from Russia and the Middle East. We cannot do this for just one country. There are other countries where there is need for this.”
The move would no doubt increase sales and help Bentley reach its goal of selling 15,000 cars annually by 2015, almost double the automaker’s current global sales. A number of Bentley’s competitors have long offered bulletproof vehicles, including the Jaguar XJ Sentinel, which provides B7 levels of protection from multiple rounds of 7.62-mm ammunition. Also available is an armored Audi A8 L, which can withstand bullets and hand grenades thanks to 1587 pounds worth of modifications and protection.
What model should Bentley consider bulletproofing? Would you rather see a missile-proof Mulsanne or a combat-ready Continental Flying Spur?
Source: The Guardian