Lots of armour, massive price tag for armoured load-lugger

The people who need bulletproof cars (think dictators and heads of state, along with the occasional celebrity) generally like to stand out. They also tend to have money, and lots of it, which is why armoured vehicles are usually based on high-end limousines.

That hasn't stopped Skoda from turning its sensible Czech approach to car manufacturing onto the task. Meet the armoured Superb, priced from upwards of $200,000 in Europe.

Alright, that's a lot of money for a Skoda wagon, but the Superb you see here is far from your average Czech wagon. It's certified to PAS300 protection, making it resistant to missile strikes and bullet impacts, thanks to a reinforced safety cell. The tyres are designed to be driven on with significant punctures or damage, too.

As you'd probably expect, the glass is bulletproof, and protects all passengers.

Skoda is keeping its cards close to its chest when it comes to exactly what's changed – and citing occupant safety/security as the reason – but there's enough extra weight to necessitate new braking and suspension systems.

There's an optional, semi-subtle blue lighting system for dignitaries in a hurry, along with on-board sirens.

Power comes from a 2.0-litre turbo diesel engine making 140kW, with no claimed acceleration figures provided. It's unlikely to be quick, but that isn't the point here.

The order books are open for the armoured Superb Estate in Europe, with UK pricing to start at £118,000 ($208,750). That buys you all the aforementioned bulletproofing, along with an 8.0-inch touchscreen featuring satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Why should heads of state miss out on smartphone mirroring? While we're talking equipment, there's more than 600L of boot space on board for all your sporting goods or, if you're afraid of an ambush, your armoury.