The Rezvani Tank Is a 500-HP Armored SUV with Night Vision for the People

Body-on-frame? Check. V-8 engine? Check. Ballistic armor and thermal camera? Check and check.

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You'd be forgiven if you haven't thought much about Rezvani Motors these days, the tiny California auto manufacturer founded in 2014 who might be most notable for having once been featured in a Chris Brown music video. But their two models—the Beast and Beast Alpha—are very real, very fast cars that you can buy, and they're about to add a third to their lineup in keeping with the times. Introducing the Rezvani Tank, a military-inspired, V-8-engined monster of an off-road SUV.

The official reveal is scheduled for next week, with the first customer deliveries set to begin by year's end, but we've already got a few details to analyze. While the brothers Beast are undeniably well-styled cars, the combination of boxy traditionalism and sci-fi futurism on display with the Rezvani Tank is bound to be a bit more polarizing. Frankly, the teaser images call to mind something off the set of Starship Troopers. That's either a great look or the worst idea ever to you, but then again, this truck isn't really about middle grounds.

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Rezvani promises extreme off-road capability to back that up, mentioning the Tank's body-on-frame construction, "world-class" suspension system, and "massive" tires in its press release. They also toss around the phrase "purpose-built" a lot, though the exact purpose of its optional ballistic armor and night vision camera system goes unstated. Powering the whole package will be a 6.4-liter V-8 engine putting out 500 horsepower. Presumably we'll get all the technical specs as well as interior images at the official unveiling next week.

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"We wanted to offer a fresh design for a purpose-built, rugged, off-road capable vehicle that was muscular, well proportioned, and brand new,"CEO Ferris Rezvani said. “The design was inspired by extreme off-road concepts typically never seen on the road, but is completely street legal and ready for production."

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A starting price hasn't been announced yet, but considering both the Beast and Beast Alpha start above $100,000, you can bet the Tank will be yet another six-figure truck. If you've got the scratch, though, Rezvani Motors will take it off your hands: $1,000 refundable deposits are being accepted as you read this right now.