Armored Cadillac Escalade Is the Mobile Safe Room of Your Dreams

Andrew Wendler
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From Car and Driver

Hear some rumors about a violent coup brewing among the commoners? Cut a little too deep with your latest diss track? Worried that your former "business partner" might make an early parole? If so, the AddArmor Executive Cadillac Escalade is for you. The latest high-tech example from the Jackson, Wyoming, AddArmor company, the Executive Escalade is built to the stringent European B6 ballistic armoring standard (rated to withstand hand grenades, a 12-pound land mine, and rifle fire from an AR-15 or similar) and includes a laundry list of counterattack measures comprehensive enough to try the patience of even the most persistent infidels.

At the core of the Escalade's defenses is its extensive use of carbon-composite panels that are claimed to be 10 times stronger than ballistic steel yet weigh 60 percent less. So equipped, AddArmor claims the vehicle can withstand high-velocity rounds from 30-06, 7.62, and .556-caliber munitions. Specially designed cases ensconce the dual batteries and ECU to ensure electrical integrity even in dire situations. The lightweight carbon-composite panels put less strain on the vehicle's ability to accelerate, stop, and steer, although the AddArmor Escalade does feature beefed-up suspension and braking components of unspecified content. Run-flat tires are capable of running up to 30 miles even after being pierced by multiple rounds from a high-powered rifle.

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Daylight openings use a proprietary two-inch-thick ballistic glass. They're constructed as a multi-layer polycarbonate and leaded-glass sandwich intended to stop rounds from high-powered rifles. For an example, transparent substrate is so tough that even a much thinner, 0.8-inch-thick version of the material will capture 9-mm and .44 Magnum rounds. Not only stout, the glass also includes antilog and de-icing systems and provides a home for embedded GPS and radio antennas.

Counterattack measures include a sound cannon, electric-shock door handles, pepper-spray dispensers, barricade-busting bumpers, hidden gun ports, 360-degree cameras with night-vision capability, satellite communication systems, and, in a nod to Hollywood secret agents everywhere, a smokescreen system.

Tactical electronic preparations include an anti-jamming satellite communications system and mine or explosion detection. The AddArmor global 911 phone and data system offers satellite-actived live monitoring of the vehicle's occupants via their cell phones and beacons. When activated, staff members in the Global Special Operations Command Center (GSOC) assess the situation and stay with the client until the threat or issue has been mitigated.

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The interior features many of the mod cons typically of the production Escalade: A 32-inch high-definition smart TV with DirecTV, Apple TV, and HBO is integrated into the retractable divider to keep dignitaries entertained between assaults, and an audiophile-grade Sony surround sound system with AM/FM radio, CD/DVD and iPod/iPhone media compatibility teams with onboard wi-fi because why not? Should things get really hairy, hidden gun ports can be accessed behind the screen for the 360 camera and an iPad. Hidden lockboxes and a firearm safe keep dangerous weapons out of reach. There's more headroom than a standard Slade, too, as AddAramor adds four inches to the roof to maintain plenty of headroom for movement in the cabin.

While the AddArmor Cadillac Executive Escalade B6 is a hearty vehicle, it's far from the only offering in the AddArmor lineup. Should its $350,000 MSRP prove too steep, AddArmor can work its magic on an existing vehicle starting at a low $28,000 on top of the vehicle's price. Just know that the mood-adjustable LED accent lighting for the custom bar will probably be an upcharge.

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