Peugeot has debuted a bulletproof 5008 SUV to carry out Presidential duties in France. The bulletproof Peugeot 5008 SUV features a range of bespoke modifications inside and out, including armour plating, a one-off second-row seating package, an upgraded brake package, emergency lights and sirens and, of course, the Presidential Seal.
Ballistics certification development work was carried out in partnership with Centigon Security Group, a company boasting 60 years’ experience in armoured vehicles.
The very special Peugeot 5008 SUV started life on the company’s Rennes, France, assembly line. Built to exacting standards and subject to Peugeot’s unwavering quality targets, the 5008 range is assembled by Rennes 3800-strong workforce.
Once completed, the car was delivered to the team in charge of the 5008 Présidential Project, which stripped it of its interior components in preparation for its armour plating and bespoke second-row seating configuration.
Armour plating meeting comprehensive ballistics test criteria was then fitted throughout the vehicle and the interior panels refitted, leaving no indication of the 5008’s bulletproof status. The unique second-row seating package, consisting of two Peugeot-designed captain’s chairs complete with centre armrest and document safe, was then fitted.
While details are obviously classified, the 5008 also gained an upgraded brake package and a range of other inclusions supporting its Presidential - and bulletproof - status. From the outside, the only indication of the vehicle’s one-off nature is the fitment of discreet lights and sirens, along with the Presidential Seal and flag masts.
Commenting on the project, Olivier Desserprit, Chef du Project – 5008 Présidential, said being selected for the job was not just a challenge but also a chance to reclaim French craftsmanship.
“The official State Car project is especially challenging for the simple reason that failure is not an option. This is when we thought: ‘We are actually reclaiming French cultural heritage and French craftsmanship’,” Desserprit said. “Safety is the Presidential car’s first requirement so it goes without saying it’s bulletproof.” he added.
A video of the 5008 Présidential’s development can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YlSC9XRgqWc