Secure And Swift The Armoured Ak47 Golf 8 Gti By Svi

Secure and Swift: The Armoured AK47 Golf 8 GTI by SVI

SVI Unveils the Armoured AK47 Golf 8 GTI Rapid-Response Vehicle SVI Engineering, a premier manufacturer of armoured solutions, proudly introduces the SVI AK47 Golf 8 GTI, a bullet-resistant rapid-response vehicle crafted from Volkswagen’s iconic hot hatch, tailored specifically for South African conditions. Designed to withstand handguns and rifles up to 7.62×39 mm, including the notorious…

Secure And Swift The Armoured Ak47 Golf 8 Gti By Svi

SVI Unveils the Armoured AK47 Golf 8 GTI Rapid-Response Vehicle

SVI Engineering, a premier manufacturer of armoured solutions, proudly introduces the SVI AK47 Golf 8 GTI, a bullet-resistant rapid-response vehicle crafted from Volkswagen’s iconic hot hatch, tailored specifically for South African conditions.

Designed to withstand handguns and rifles up to 7.62×39 mm, including the notorious AK47, the discreetly armoured SVI AK47 Golf 8 GTI emerges as an ideal urban rapid-response vehicle. It also serves as an excellent choice for pursuit operations or as a non-transporting emergency medical services (EMS) vehicle.

“Hot hatches are typically available with only level B4 armour, leaving occupants vulnerable to higher ballistic threats. The SVI AK47 Golf 8 GTI addresses this gap, providing a swift and secure way to reach active crime scenes,” says Nicol Louw, SVI Business Development Director.

Unveiled at Securex 2024, Africa’s leading security and fire trade exhibition at Gallagher Convention Centre in Gauteng, the bullet-resistant package for the VW hot hatch features custom-fabricated B4+ body armour and special ballistic glass. This armour kit can be applied to both the front-wheel-drive Golf 8 GTI and the all-wheel-drive Golf 8 R.

The SVI AK47 Golf 8 GTI Armouring Package

Leveraging their extensive experience in developing vehicle armour for the civilian market and security industry, SVI’s engineering team meticulously crafted a bespoke package for the Golf 8 to provide protection against AK47 rounds.

Utilizing 3.5 mm armoured steel plating and advanced lightweight ballistic glass – capable of stopping four AK47 shots in a 300 mm square – the package ensures maximum protection. While all windows except the driver’s are fixed, the driver’s window can be partially lowered.

To achieve top-tier protection, SVI intentionally avoided composites, instead using high-grade armoured steel for doors, pillars, and the roof. The kit also includes a rear bulkhead solution, enhanced by a camera feeding video to the rear-view mirror, reducing cost and weight, thus eliminating the need for armouring the tailgate.

Key powertrain components are shielded by armour in the front fenders, the battery is protected, and suspension springs are upgraded both front and rear. The armouring package adds approximately 340 kg to the vehicle, minimally affecting its powerful performance and handling.

The Golf 8 GTI’s turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder petrol engine delivers 180 kW and 370 Nm to the front wheels, while the all-wheel-drive Golf 8 R offers 235 kW and 400 Nm.

“In South Africa, the ongoing battle against crime demands innovative solutions. The SVI AK47 Golf 8 GTI equips rapid responders with the necessary speed and protection,” concludes Louw.

Cost and Build Time

SVI’s bespoke AK47 armouring package for the Volkswagen Golf 8 – available for both the GTI and R variants – is priced at R649,500 (excluding VAT and the cost of the base vehicle). The build time is approximately three months.

About SVI Engineering

Since 2004, SVI has been an original equipment manufacturer specializing in armoured vehicles. As a market leader in Africa, SVI serves private, corporate, security, mining, and governmental sectors. The company holds a Level 2 B-BBEE certification, and its quality management system is ISO 9001:2015 certified by TÜV Rheinland.


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