For when arriving alive is a priority

There are places around the world that are considered inherently unsafe. South Africa, the Middle East, or even Chicago… Traveling to such places as a dignitary or wealthy business mogul has major risks not many are willing to compromise with. Protection from the elements – especially the human elements – is critical for these folks. That’s where US Specialty Vehicles comes in.

USSV offers this – the Rhino GX. It’s a custom-built SUV with the option of being fully armored, so navigating the occasional riot is no problem. And when it comes to navigating unpaved terrain, the Rhino’s 4WD system and beefy tires do the job.

In interior is fully customized with high-end materials, as well, making the pickiest customer happy. All this is built on the previous-generation Ford Super Duty platform with power coming from the 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel or the 6.8-liter V-10 gasoline engine.

Dive into the details with the full review below.

  • 2016 USSV Rhino
  • Year:
    2016
  • Price:

Exterior

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The USSV Rhino is nearly all custom built, but its Ford roots show through. That’s especially true up front, thanks to the re-used front bumper, air dam, and headlights. The side mirrors are also borrowed from the Super Duty.

Beyond that, the Rhino is its own beast. The every body panel is made from dual-layer cold-rolled steel. USSV doesn’t go into detail about what calibers and ammo types the Rhino guards against – and for good reason. Secrecy is important. Heavy-duty running boards combine with built-in grab handles above the doors for security details to snag a short ride. There’s also a full array of LED off-road lights incorporated into the roof structure.

The Rhino rides on custom 20-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Radial tires for a balanced on/off-road driving demeanor. Three color options are available: Stealth Black, Tactical Green, and Desert Sand.

Interior

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Much of the dashboard is typical Ford, but USSV updated most of the electronics to aftermarket system that incorporate more extensive security needs. An Alpine touchscreen head unit controls an Alpine sound system. There’s USB ports for charging and music playback, too. For navigation, the rearview mirror has been swapped out for the SmartNav 5, an all-in-one system that offers turn-by-turn direction, a dash cam with continuous DVR recording, and an HD rearview camera. USSV also updates the Super Duty with a keyless start system.

The rest of the interior can be customized in several seating arrangements. The standard model offers seating for four, with a large cargo space in back. The Premium model offers room for eight. Then there’s the executive model with the rear seats positioned further rearward, allowing for maximum legroom.

Drivetrain

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The mechanicals aren’t changed. Customers can order either the 6.8-liter gasoline V-10 or the more powerful 6.7-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel. The V-10 offers up 362 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque while the big Power Stroke kicks out an impressive 300 horses and 660 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

It’s important to note the Rhino is based on the Super Duty Chassis Cab. That’s the only Super duty available in 2016 with the V-10.

USSV also updates the suspension system with a “smart” hydraulic suspension system that’s said to minimize the risk of roll-over while improving the ride and handling characteristics.

Prices

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Obviously, the Rhino isn’t cheap. In fact, the basic package carries a starting price of $194,000. That does include the donor Super Duty, however. Still, adding seats, the Power Stroke turbodiesel, and custom features pushes the price beyond the $200,000 mark.

USSV’s website says domestic sales require a 25 percent deposit, while international sales require a 50 percent deposit. Vehicle delivery is said to average around 90 days.

Conclusion

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The USSV Rhino is a serious truck built to withstand serious environments. It’s optionally armored skin keeps passengers safe while either engine option whisks the Rhino to safety. For those without the armored protection, the Rhino is still a serious truck with a massive attitude. Its downside is its outlandishness. It will attract attention. Then again, perhaps that’s what some customers are looking for.

Either way, USSV will custom build a Rhino to your liking in their Rancho Cucamonga, California facility.

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    • * Armoring is optional
    • * Now outdated with Ford’s new 2017 Super Duty
    • * Expensive

Source: US Specialty Vehicles

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