REMEMBER the Rezvani TANK XUV that was hiding a Jeep Wrangler beneath its composite shell? Well, Rezvani Motors, the California-based designer and manufacturer, has twisted the dial further to create the TANK Military Edition.

Powered by a 6.4-litre 500hp (373kW) engine – an optional 6.2-litre 707hp supercharged Hellcat V8 is available – the bulletproof war rig is decked out with kit to keep its occupants breathing, including Ballistic Level 7 opaque glass and body armour, underside explosive protection, ram bumpers and military run-flat tyres. The radiator, battery and fuel tank are secured in Kevlar, and it’s even got gas masks and a hypothermia kit in stowage.

It gets crazier. Electrified door handles and magnetic deadbolts will stop anybody without permission from entering the rig, blinding and strobe lights will disperse unwanted followers, sirens and horns will help pave the way through congestion, and a smoke screen – yes, a smoke screen – can be initiated via an in-cabin button to lose a tail. Tracking down the enemy when the sun sets is made possible thanks to a FLIR thermal/night-vision system, which displays heat signatures and standard night vision.

An Off Road Package will get you a six-inch lift, 37 x 12.5-inch tyres, a Dynatrac ProRock 44/60 axle set with Elockers, front and rear 1350 driveshafts and FOX 2.5-inch remote reservoir shocks.

The TANK Military Edition starts from US$295,000 for American buyers.