• An Unlikely SUV Showed Up in HBO’s Watchmen This Week

Can you recognize it?

In the age of Netflix and chill, carmakers (as any other company out there) redirect huge chunks of their marketing budgets towards TV series that would display some of their products for a given number of episodes. This is called product placement and there’s not a single show out there that hasn’t done it at least once. We’ve seen Toyota flaunting the 2020 Camry in Jessica Jones and we’ll see the Supra get a lot of screen time in the upcoming Fast and Furious movie. However, a very special and equally rare and expensive SUV made an appearance in HBO’s Watchmen this week and we simply had to show it to you.

Those of you who watched the first episode of Watchmen on HBO know that the Buick Grand National, a somewhat underrated muscle car from the 1980s, got a lot of screen time. There’s a twist, though: in our universe, the Grand National relied on a 3.8-liter V-6 that packed some 245 horsepower and 355 pound-feet of torque. A beefier GNX-badged version was also offered, making 276 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of twist.

On a good day, the base Buick Grand National could zap from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 6.1 seconds and clear the quarter mile in 14.23 seconds.

However, in the first episode of Watchmen, the starring car is actually an EV conversion. Why’s that? Because the original Watchmen published by DC Comics between 1986 and 1987, although set in 1985, features a lot of electric cars - most of them being adaptations from ICE-powered vehicles to EVs, including garbage trucks.

An Unlikely SUV Showed Up in HBO's Watchmen This Week
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For the second episode of Watchmen, the producers went for something completely different, albeit not powered by the miracle of electricity. Enter the Rezvani Tank, which, to our knowledge, hasn’t been gifted with an all-electric powertrain (yet). Despite that small technicality, the Rezvani Tank looks like it came from another world, which makes it a prime candidate for an appearance in Watchmen.

Described as an off-road hypercar, the Tank, in its most hardcore iteration dubbed the X, is home to a 6.2-liter supercharged Dodge Demon SRT V-8 engine retuned to produce north of 1,000 horsepower.

It also comes with a rather hefty starting price tag of $349,000, before adding any optional features, which even include a thermal night vision system. If that’s too much - both financially and performance-wise - then Rezvani can sell you a lesser Tank packing a 6.4-liter turbocharged V-8 powerhouse good for 500 horsepower. Regardless of what version you pick, the menu includes a Fox off-road suspension kit, 16-inch brake discs grabbed by eight-piston brake calipers, and automatically-retracting side steps that completely hide under the side skirts once the doors are closed.

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Despite its alien-y looks, the Rezvani Tank is, in fact, based on a Jeep Wrangler platform but credit must be given to whoever designed its exterior. Perhaps the same thing crossed the minds of Watchmen’s producers when they selected the SUV to make an appearance in the second episode of the series’ first season. That said, we can’t wait to see what other cool cars are set to star in the upcoming episodes. In all honesty, at this point, we’re just sad HBO didn’t drop the first season of Watchmen in full, so we could enjoy the four-wheeled goodies during a proper binging session. We can’t have it all, we guess, can we now?

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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