Size does seem to matter – we’re not going any further into it, full stop. Or may it matters for the inflated egos with swollen bank accounts to compensate for a lack of presence elsewhere – we will never know. While the world’s leading manufacturers are scrambling to build the most efficient and frugal of electric-powered cars, we have anomalies like Rezvani, founded in 2014 by a former fighter jet pilot.
And that’s not exactly a bad thing. While we’re aware that the days of the petrol-powered cars are numbers, it’s interesting to see what where the limits are when it’s bound only by imagination. You have mainstream car manufacturers pushing the limits of EV driving range and autonomy then you have small-volume manufacturers like the Rezvani, with their new military-inspired, UDS 178,000 (approx. RM 755,343) Tank. Pun unintentionally intended.
Dubbed the Xtreme Utility Vehicle (XUV), not much was mentioned on the Rezvani site aside from the prominent fact that its monstrous 6.4-litre V8 produces 500 hp, giving the Tank freedom to scale almost any terrain, on or off-road with its 4WD system. It comes with 20-inch wheels that looks ready for a post-apocalyptic landscape, off-road suspension and as you’ve noticed, rather high ground clearance.
The Tank doesn’t only come with powered rear doors, it also opens the same way a Rolls-Royce would – suicide style. While it may look tough and rugged on the outside, you’d find no such crudeness inside the Tank’s luxurious, leather-clad interior.
Also occupying the plush interior is a heads-up display showing speed, navigation, calls, texts, fuel level and speed limits on the road the XUV is on. The Tank, and get this, also comes with a Thermal Night Vision System that displays heat signatures, alongside its standard night vision system. Fittingly, it also comes with Ballistic Armour Protection…surprise surprise.
Aside from the Tank, Rezvani had been responsible for existence of the the Rezvani X, Alpha and the Beast, a supercar aimed at replicating a fighter jet’s driving experience. We all know what happened to the car company that tried to emulate a fighter jet’s experience.