Dartz

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Dartz Motorz
Predecessor Russo-Balt
Headquarters Riga, Latvia
Products Dartz Prombron
Owner Leonard F. Yankelovich
Parent DARTZ GRUPA OÜ
Website dartzmotorz.com

Dartz Motorz Company (Latvian: Dartz Motorz Uzņēmums; Russian: Dartz Моторз Kомпании) is a privately held Latvian-based company, subsidiary of Estonian corporation Dartz Grupa OÜ, that designs, manufactures, and sells high performance armored vehicles.[1][2][3] The company constituted itself from a renovated former Russo-Balt factory in Riga, Latvia.[4][5]

Product lineup[edit]

In 2009, Dartz attained notoriety with its Prombron model, in part because it was originally available in upholstered leather made from the foreskins of whale penises, which the company subsequently dropped after the controversy was publicized.[6]

The Prombron came in nine distinct models: Iron Diamond, Iron Xtal, Monaco Red Diamond Edition, Black Dragon, Black Russian, Gold Russian, Aladeen, White Horse, and the Monako.[7]

Since September 2014, the product line consists of PrombronBlack Shark[8] and Prombron Black Snake.[9] The Prombron is available in either the Saloon (sedan) or the Pullman (wagon), which can then be customized into a standard-based, short-based, or long-based versions.[10] The Prombrons are also available in several armour levels, from B2 to B7, with the B7 designed to withstand attacks from rocket propelled grenades, and land mines.[11] In terms of performance, the Prombron is equipped with an AMG V8 Engine, or an AMG V12 Engine,[8] which provides the vehicle with a healthy top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

Dartz Kombat

In 2010, Red Sea Distribution announced that the T-98 Kombat would be available in North America for a list price starting at $225,000.[12][13] However, just two years later the T-98 Kombat was phased out, and the Prombron was released.

Dartz Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition was shown at the 2010 Top Marques in Monaco,[14] with an expected price of 1,000,000 ($1.25 million), it would become the world's most expensive SUV ever sold.[15] The features included white gold-ruby embedded badges as well as gold-plated, bullet-proof windows, an exhaust system made out of tungsten, diamond-ruby encrusted gauges, a Kevlar exterior coating, and leather made out of whale penises, though the latter was dropped.[16] The Prombron Monaco Red Diamond Edition also comes with three bottles of the world's most expensive vodka RussoBaltique.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Investor Relations". Dartz World. Dartz Motorz (dartz.us). 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  2. ^ "Contact Us". Dartz World. Dartz Motorz (dartz.us). 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  3. ^ "Dartz Motorz Company". Dartz World. Dartz Motorz (dartz.us). 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  4. ^ "Factory Tour / Dartz Motorz Company". Dartz World. Dartz Motorz (dartz.us). 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  5. ^ "History". dartzkombat.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  6. ^ "Foreskin Removal: Dartz Prombron drops the whale penis". Autoblog. 2009-11-10. 
  7. ^ "Models". Dartz Motorz (dartz.us). 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  8. ^ a b "Black Shark". Dartz Grupa. 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-03-15. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  9. ^ "Black Snake". Dartz Grupa. 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  10. ^ "PROMBRON' - general info, body styles, main car models". MODELS. DARTZ MOTORZ (dartz.us). 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  11. ^ "Fit for a 'Dictator': World's most expensive armored SUV goes on sale... and it can be yours for $500,000". United Kingdom: Daily Mail. 2012-05-07. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  12. ^ Red Sea Distribution official Website
  13. ^ Ramsey, Jonothan (October 2010). "zenvo-st1 gets a US distributor and a price". AutoBlog. 
  14. ^ "Road Test: Dartz Prombron Wagon". GT Spirit. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  15. ^ tom (2012). "World's Most Expensive SUVs". most-expensive.net. Archived from the original on 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  16. ^ "Exclusive: Dartz Monaco Red Diamond Edition". GT Spirit. 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2012-06-29. 
  17. ^ Blackburn, Richard (2009-10-16). "The 4WD with seats made of whale penis". Fairfax Digital. Archived from the original on 4 March 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 

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