• This Is a REAL and ONLY Factory-Built Bulletproof Porsche 911

It never left the carmaker’s facilities and is now on display in the Porsche Museum

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We don’t know about you, but whenever the words ‘bulletproof’ and ‘car’ are joined together, our minds immediately flash nameplates such as the Range Rover, BMW X5, 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, you get the point.

Heck, the business of adding ballistic protection to a given car is so lucrative that there are companies that manage to take the vehicle to the extreme – think of Rezvani and their Wrangler-based Tank.

On that note, we never thought Porsche would go this route. However, it did, for a one-time project that involved a 996-gen 911 Carrera.

This Is a REAL and ONLY Factory-Built Bulletproof Porsche 911
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The 996 marked the 911’s fifth generation and a bold move on Porsche’s behalf, as it made the switch from air-cooled engines to water cooling. It also introduced the oh-so-frowned-upon fried-egg headlights, but that’s another story for another time.

The 996, like every other Porsche, wasn’t short on performance. The 3.4-liter flat-six engine made 296 horsepower in the initial model before having its displacement increased to 3.6 liters. Power went up to 316 horsepower and then it was bumped some more to 340 horsepower.

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OK, every Porschephile out there knows that. Though we bet you didn’t know that Porsche actually took the 996 and turned it into an armored vehicle. Heck, we had absolutely no clue before watching That Nine Eleven Guy’s latest video.

As it turns out, back in the 1990s, a customer approached Porsche saying he wants an armored car. So, Porsche took an early 996 off the production line and added several layers of protection, including 20mm thick reinforced glass that replaced every standard window panel. The thing is, though, they managed to hide the changes so well that you can’t tell unless you open a door and see the thicker glass.

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The body panels got changed too, only Porsche didn’t go for steel, as it wanted to preserve the 996’s road dynamics as close to original. Instead, the German carmaker used Dyneema, a composite fiber that weighs roughly the same as steel but offers 15 times the strength. And again, there’s no way to tell the difference by just looking at the car.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Porsche did test the material. With actual bullets. Coming from guns. It’s all right there, in the video below.

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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