The Arquus Scarabee Is A Nimble & Stealthy Hybrid Armored 4×4

Jun 27, 2019

Category: Rides

While there seems to be no shortage of impressive military vehicles out there, manufacturers keep finding new and interesting ways to combine automobiles and battlefield-ready features. The latest comes to us courtesy of the Paris Air Show via a surprising brand: Volvo — Or rather Volvo’s Arquus military-focused sub-brand. It’s called the Arquus Scarabee.

Looking very much like something out of one of the more recent Fast & Furious films, this beastly armored 4×4 is the first of its kind. You see, what makes this thing special — besides the bombproof armor plating, underbelly mine protection, dual ground clearance levels, and AWD system — is that it is actually driven by a hybrid powertrain. Although performance figures haven’t been unveiled, it has been announced that the hybrid drive works in two ways: a “boost” mode that utilized both the electric and gas-powered components for high-speed reconnaissance and transport, and an “all electrical” stealth mode that shuts down the gas engine for silent running and no thermal signature. On top of that, this tank of an SUV also features all-wheel-steering for a remarkably tight turn radius and/or high-speed drifting and it can be air-dropped from a C-130 or Chinook helicopter for quick battlefield insertion.

Learn More: Arquus

HiConsumption is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

More From Rides

lululemon's Textured Tech Hoodie Is A Feel-Good Garment Built For Strenuous Training

Functionally-fashioned with sweat-wicking, four-way-stretch fabric.

Posted By Chris West

Partner
Featured Image

GMC’s 3-Motor 2022 Hummer EV Has 1,000HP & 11,500LB-FT Of Torque

In CrabWalk mode, it uses its four-wheel steering in order to drive diagonally.

Posted By

Oct 21, 2020

Featured Image

The 10 Greatest Motorsport Road Races On Earth

Full-tilt motorsport competitions held on non-dedicated public roadways.

Posted By

Oct 21, 2020

Featured Image

Maria Moto Scrambles Triumph’s Bonneville Into An Angular Retro Ride

A scrambled British twin that more than just looks the part.

Posted By

Oct 21, 2020

Featured Image

Porsche’s ’21 Lineup Includes The Most Powerful Production Panamera Ever

Introducing the 4 E-Hybrid, 4S, and Turbo S E-Hybrid.

Posted By

Oct 21, 2020

Featured Image

RBW Specializes In Restoring Classic British Cars With All-Electric Powertrains

Furnished with a luxurious interior courtesy of Pioneer and Protrim.

Posted By

Oct 21, 2020