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KNIGHT XV The worlds largest, most luxurious, handcrafted, BioFuel SUV

By: Darren Dobson

Conquest Vehicles located in Toronto, Canada has come up with a military grade armoured (B4 specs) SUV (sport utility vehicle) called the KNIGHT XV™. William Maizlan, President, spent four years researching to produce the meanest looking consumer vehicle on the planet. William came up with the name KNIGHT to honour the Knights in shining armour of old and the XV comes to symbolize eXtreme Vehicle.

First shown in November 2008 at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Maizlan says, “There are 20 orders already, with the first one being delivered shortly”. The KNIGHT is priced at $359,000 US and will be limited to just 100 units. Currently the vehicle comes with a 6.8 litre V10 Ford engine, which provides 400 horsepower and 498 lbs ft. of torque and can run on E-85 Flex Fuel. An optional turbocharger will increase the horsepower to 550 and the torque to 700 lbs.-ft. Future engine options will include a 6.4 litre V8 twin-turbo diesel.

The SUV is hand-built from the ground up and takes up to three months or 1,500 man hours to complete just one, but can ramp up to build 5 per month, and it is expected that they will need to expand to keep up with the orders, with interest coming from the United States, Russia, the Middle East, and Asia, with a possible dealership in China.

Built on a Ford 550 chassis, with a Ford engine and transmission, this SUV can be serviced anywhere in the world where a Ford can be serviced and Ford will honour the warrenty. Conquest offers a warrenty on the remainder of the vehicle for 2 years or 20,000 miles, including the armouring and customizing.

Standard interior appointments include Wilton Wool luxury carpeting; Andrew Muirhead leather; 6-way electric leather seats; Tandem sunroof glass with privacy shades; Personal side-mounted laptops; LED cabin lighting; Alpine stereo; DVD navigation and Bluetooth equipment; TV Monitors; FLIR Night vision; and 20 inch custom rims on 40 inch ballistic military grade run flat tires, which allows you to drive 40 miles with no air.

Custom options can include a specially designed bar / humidor; safe; X-Box / Playstation 3; internet; under vehicle magnetic detector; three 360 degree surveillance fish eye cameras, one on each side and one on the rear, which can work through your blackberry with optional black box recording; glass partition; electro static widow tinting, where the windows go from clear to tinting, and the list goes on. For more information visit

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