A Latvian tank manufacturer has its sights set on the Chinese market. Dartz, owned by Leonard Yankelovich, plans to roll out its first non-armored vehicle, called Black Snake, to ring in Chinese New Year. The $1-million-plus vehicle comes with a 5.5-liter twin turbo V8 engine that produces 557 horsepower.
Also, according to Forbes:
The Black Snake is now the centerpiece of the brand with high performance, all-wheel drive offerings and the usual garnishings of diamond-encrusted hood ornaments.
Like any other Dartz, this tank-a-jeep was built using the same “kapsula” technology used in Joseph Stalin’s car. In lieu of armored plating this time, the Black Snake is available in a variety of leathers, including snake, crocodile, ostrich and — ladies and gentlemen — whale penis. (It might be fake — hopefully, at least.) Would Pamela Anderson protest this one as well?
This little baby also comes with gold — “covered with leaf gold formed like snakeskin,” according to Forbes. I bet it’s gonna be a smash in the next Chinese car expo, with or without skimpily dressed models.
The $1 million price tag might be a bargain if you consider that just a year ago Dartz came out with a dozen 8-million-dollar cars. Aimed at the Chinese consumer, of course.
Finally, as a thank you gift, Black Snake buyers get 56 grams of free caviar every month for two years. Totally worth the money.
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