CORRECTION: Per Seth Feller, VP of Communications at Conquest Vehicles (see his comment below), the Hummer-killer you see above is not a Knight XV but rather a Ghurka military vehicle. In our defense, Seth did mention that the Knight XV was inspired by the Ghurka. I didn’t realize the luxury assault vehicle segment was so competitive.
One of our loyal readers caught this over-the-top urban assault vehicle while taking the shortcut behind the Ansonia building between 73rd & 74th. You’re looking at the Conquest Knight XV, a 14,000 pound, $489,000, 20-foot long armored vehicle used by the rich & famous to scuttle about town. It’s based on a Ford F-550 Super Duty. Apparently Marc Ecko is fearful of a machine gun assault on the Upper West Side. Hey, you can’t be too careful right? Here is the most entertaining line of marketing copy I could find on the website…
“Conquest Vehicle Inc’s flagship vehicle, the KNIGHT XV defines the future of the ultra-luxurious, handcrafted fully armoured SUV. This one-of-a-kind, V10, 6.8-litre, Bio-fuel powered SUV was inspired by military vehicle designs and features security appointments that are unrivaled in today’s SUV marketplace. Are you ready to be Knighted?”