Flame thrower. Smoke screen. Tack dropper. Escape hatch. Bomb proof. All things reminiscent of one of the most fantastical vehicles in modern mythos: The Batmobile.
While many cars have been customized to look like various versions of the Batmobile, next to none offer the level of defense and protection as portrayed in the comics and movies.
Targeted to the likes of governments, foreign dignitaries and celebrities, International Armored Group (IAG) offer a full range of armored and “up-armored” vehicles capable of getting you out of almost any sticky situation, and in some cases, in style and luxury to boot.
The company outfits more utilitarian transport like buses and ambulances, as well as off road SUVs and military vehicles, but their armored sedans offer the most luxurious and discrete option (and Batmobile potential). IAG’s sedan lineup includes the Toyota Camry, Mercedes Benz S Class, Lexus LS, Crown Victoria and BMW 5 and 7 series.
IAG’s armoring process starts by applying their own in house Smartarmor to the exterior, which is a series of laser cut ballistic steel panels that are wrapped around the body in 360 degrees. The windows are outfitted with ballistic grade glass secured in an overlapping, U-channel frame. In the event of a blast, the overlaps are designed to reinforce the armored doors and glass to remain in the frame, preventing it from being dislodged. All the protection in the world won’t help if you can’t make an escape, which is why IAG also inserts armored panels over the battery, ECU, fenders, behind the headlights, the master cylinder and the fuel tank, along with run flat tires.
To handle the additional weight, the suspension and brakes are equipped with high performance components, as well as optional engine and drivetrain upgrades.
Like any car company, the optional accessories are what really sell you. Some of the available options include:
- Blackout switch
- Bomb detectors
- Flame thrower
- Oil slick
- Tire reflation kit
- Radio jammers
- Smoke screen
- Tack dropper
- Ram bumpers
- Roof escape hatch
Prices vary depending on the model and selected options, but can be between $40,000 and $100,000. Not including the base price of the car.