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Rezvani rallies a very select set of troops with the Wrangler-based Tank 4x4

Rezvani rallies a very select ...
The all-new Rezvani Tank
The all-new Rezvani Tank
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Rezvani reveals the new Tank
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Rezvani reveals the new Tank
The Tank gives the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon a new look, Hemi engine and upgraded equipment
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The Tank gives the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon a new look, Hemi engine and upgraded equipment
The rear really looks disjointed to us, and we feel like a simpler design would have completed the brief better
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The rear really looks disjointed to us, and we feel like a simpler design would have completed the brief better
Too much going on all over the flanks 
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Too much going on all over the flanks 
With 4WD, upgraded suspension, large off-road tires and more, the Tank is made for off-roading
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With 4WD, upgraded suspension, large off-road tires and more, the Tank is made for off-roading
Rezvani has done its best work on the face, which is designed to tie into its greater lineup of sports cars
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Rezvani has done its best work on the face, which is designed to tie into its greater lineup of sports cars
Bumper fog lights and a roof LED bar add more lighting capability
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Bumper fog lights and a roof LED bar add more lighting capability
We think Rezvani has done a good job giving the Tank a modern but tough face
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We think Rezvani has done a good job giving the Tank a modern but tough face
Rezvani offers an upgraded interior with leather, suede and a head-up display
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Rezvani offers an upgraded interior with leather, suede and a head-up display
With 500-hp of Hemi V8 power on tap, the Tank is sure to be fun to drive, though probably a bit clunky on the road with those oversized M/T tires
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With 500-hp of Hemi V8 power on tap, the Tank is sure to be fun to drive, though probably a bit clunky on the road with those oversized M/T tires
Rezvani reveals the new Tank
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Rezvani reveals the new Tank
The Tank is a dramatic departure for California-based Rezvani, which was previously known for its series of "Beast" roadsters and coupes
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The Tank is a dramatic departure for California-based Rezvani, which was previously known for its series of "Beast" roadsters and coupes
Not everyone will opt for the thermal night vision, but the LED fog lights will help illuminate the night either way
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Not everyone will opt for the thermal night vision, but the LED fog lights will help illuminate the night either way
Rezvani has built cars on Ariel and Lotus underpinnings, and this time reclothes a Jeep Wrangler
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Rezvani has built cars on Ariel and Lotus underpinnings, and this time reclothes a Jeep Wrangler
Rezvani reveals the new Tank
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Rezvani reveals the new Tank
Rezvani reveals the new Tank
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Rezvani reveals the new Tank
Hand-stitched leather seats are available as part of the optional "leather package"
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Hand-stitched leather seats are available as part of the optional "leather package"
The Tank looks plenty ready to dominate the post-apocalyptic urban jungle ... or the actual jungle
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The Tank looks plenty ready to dominate the post-apocalyptic urban jungle ... or the actual jungle
Rezvani is based in Orange County, California
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Rezvani is based in Orange County, California
Rezvani reveals the new Tank
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Rezvani reveals the new Tank
The Tank starts at a cool $178,500 ... a bit steeper than your average Wrangler or 4Runner
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The Tank starts at a cool $178,500 ... a bit steeper than your average Wrangler or 4Runner
The all-new Rezvani Tank poses in the field
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The all-new Rezvani Tank poses in the field
Rezvani offers a variety of options, and we're guessing the ballistic armoring package will be a popular add-on
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Rezvani offers a variety of options, and we're guessing the ballistic armoring package will be a popular add-on
The all-new Rezvani Tank
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The all-new Rezvani Tank
One of the distinctive features of the Rezvani Tank is the pair of coach doors
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One of the distinctive features of the Rezvani Tank is the pair of coach doors
A look inside the lift-gate
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A look inside the lift-gate
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The all-new Rezvani Tank
The all-new Rezvani Tank
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The all-new Rezvani Tank
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The all-new Rezvani Tank
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The all-new Rezvani Tank
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The all-new Rezvani Tank
The all-new Rezvani Tank
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The all-new Rezvani Tank
The all-new Rezvani Tank
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The all-new Rezvani Tank
Deliveries will begin later this year, and order books are open now
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Deliveries will begin later this year, and order books are open now
The all-new Rezvani Tank
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The all-new Rezvani Tank
The all-new Rezvani Tank
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The all-new Rezvani Tank
A look inside the back
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A look inside the back
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The all-new Rezvani Tank
The all-new Rezvani Tank
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The all-new Rezvani Tank
Rezvani Tank sketch
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Rezvani Tank sketch
Rezvani Tank sketch
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Rezvani Tank sketch
Rezvani Tank sketch
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Rezvani Tank sketch
Rezvani Tank sketches
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Rezvani Tank sketches
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Rezvani Tank sketch
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Rezvani Tank sketch

Previously known solely for powerful and more powerful sports cars built atop existing bones, Rezvani surprised the automotive world when it announced it had a hardcore 4x4 deep in the works. Today, it drove that 4x4, called the Tank, out into the light, revealing an "xtreme utility vehicle (XUV)" with 500 hp, looks straight out of Hollywood's latest apocalypse blockbuster, and available add-ons like night vision and ballistic armoring.

At US$178,500 to start, the Tank is far from the simple, utilitarian workhorses it shares some design cues (and actual structure) with, but it could definitely find a niche with well-off doomsday preppers and auto collectors looking to round out their elaborate stables with a unique, new piece.

Boutique utility vehicles have had a bit of a renaissance of late, so perhaps it shouldn't be completely surprising to see a small sports car marque release its own. The past several months have brought to light projects like the Bollinger B1 and Zarooq Sandracer, and the Tank is but another in the growing market.

Unlike the B1 or Sandracer, the Tank is not a ground-up build, but a re-skinned, re-engined Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon with a heavily modified frame and a variety of upgraded pieces. The new body is, of course, the addition that will draw the most attention, for better or worse.

Rezvani has always displayed a keen eye for design, creating sharp sports cars that are both distinctive and quite attractive. We're not sure that eye is quite as keen when it comes to utility vehicles – the Tank is definitely distinctive, but "attractive" isn't a word that we'd use to describe it.

Designer Samir Sadikhov strived to create a military vehicle built for civilian use, a logical starting point for a project like this, but it feels like he picked out too many disparate elements from past and present vehicles, creating what feels like a mishmash of incompatible cues.

The all-new Rezvani Tank
The all-new Rezvani Tank

The Tank starts off well enough up front, where Rezvani effectively injects modern styling into the strong, upright structure of a burly off-roader meant for mud and rock. The strong nose, integrated headlight and grille design, and floating contrast bumper look both powerful and contemporary, and the appealing look continues up over the near-level hood and upright windscreen.

Where things start to fall apart is along the sides, which look over-stylized to the point of messy. We can almost see an attractively rugged 4x4 if we visually erase the odd front fenders that, instead of flaring out as on a Wrangler, flare straight up and hover weakly over the wheels. The recesses toward the rear might look okay on Rezvani's next sports car, but they're out of place on a slab-sided 4x4.

The all-new Rezvani Tank
The all-new Rezvani Tank

At the rear, it feels like Rezvani tries too hard to make the Tank modern and different, instead of just keeping it clean, simple and purposeful. The combination of Humvee-like sloped rear roof, straight, upright window and lower fascia, sculpted corners and recessed taillights reaches almost a Pontiac Aztec level of awkward – with no sign of a tent to offset that awkwardness with a little "RV-light" cool factor.

Some observers might disagree and find the Rezvani a unique breath of fresh air, especially when comparing it to the watered-down "urban small SUV" that's been dominating auto shows of late. And for the subset that can afford it, the Tank definitely offers a more convincing blend of rugged construction and off-road capability, seeing how it starts from one of the best off-road platforms on dirt and builds up from there.

Rezvani gives its already-capable Rubicon-based Tank even more off-road potential with two available upgrade packages. The basic off-road package supplies a 6-in lift, 37 x 12.5-in off-road tires, a Dynatrac ProRock 44/60 axle set with e-lockers, and Fox 2.5-in remote reservoir shocks. The "off-road extreme" package brings the same 6 inches of lift but adds in 37 x 13.5-in tires, a Dynatrac ProRock XD60/80 axle set with air lockers and an air compressor, Dynatrac ProGrip front and rear brakes, front 1350 and rear 1410 driveshafts, and Fox 2.5-in internal bypass shocks with DSC.

The all-new Rezvani Tank
The all-new Rezvani Tank

The Tank puts plenty of power to the ground thanks to the 500-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V8 under its high hood. That engine is good for 430 lb-ft (583 Nm) of torque. You won't find tracks on this particular Tank, but the on-demand four-wheel drive distributes output to all corners whenever extra grip is needed.

The Tank's interior isn't your basic, easy-clean utility vehicle cockpit. With the available leather package, Rezvani will give you a much more luxe look and feel, wrapping the cabin in hand-stitched leather and securing a suede headliner above. The Tank also has a 7.9-in infotainment display and available head-up display. Not one to be satisfied with traditional vehicle doors, Rezvani has swapped the rears for coach doors.

Rezvani offers an upgraded interior with leather, suede and a head-up display
Rezvani offers an upgraded interior with leather, suede and a head-up display

The Tank will probably earn some buys from folks looking to be seen in something totally different and a few drives at the hands of Hollywood super villains, but between its price tag and over-stylized design, we don't see it appealing to the average off-roading enthusiast. We suppose if an aftermarket component-loaded Jeep Wrangler feels like too much effort, a Bentley Bentayga too ritzy, an East Coast Defender too outdated, a Jeep Trackhawk too plain-looking, and a Bollinger B1 too electric, maybe the Tank is for you. Otherwise, probably not.

If you are one of those that appreciates it to the point of putting one in your garage, order books for the $178,500 Tank are open now. You can personalize it with options like FLIR thermal night vision; a ballistic package with Kevlar armor, bulletproof glass, run-flat tires and more; the interior leather package; and a tow package with hitch and front winch. Deliveries are slated to begin before the end of the year.

Have a closer look in the video below and our photo gallery.

Rezvani TANK | Military Inspired, Built To Take On Anything

Source: Rezvani

4 comments
jd_dunerider
Uuuuuugly. The back half needs a makeover.
Koolski
@jd I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I really like it. You won't find one in my garage though since I don't have a spare $178K+ lying around. Clearly for someone with more money than they know what to do with.
HoppyHopkins
If Jeep does not pay attention to this iteration of its vehicle, they are missing a big opportunity for a winning combination with the American buying public. With a multi-fuel engine, they might even obtain a government contract. If not with the military, then with the Dept of Homeland Security replacing those ubiquitous Suburbans, which are so plain.
Tom Lee Mullins
I think that is really macho looking. It looks like it can take a lot and keep going.