Rezvani Tank SUV fitted with electric-shock door handles to prevent car jackings


The overtly-covert Rezvani Tank ‘Military Edition’ takes urban protection to the extreme.

James Ward


Remember that scene in the 1987 film Robocop, which depicted a future commercial advertising the ‘Magnavolt’ car security system? Once again, life imitates art.

The Rezvani Tank is a bespoke SUV built on a Jeep Wrangler platform.

Offered as a regular ‘tactical urban vehicle’ as well as a ‘Military Edition’, the V8-powered SUV takes urban protection to a level not imagined outside of dystopian science fiction.

Ignoring the built-in smoke screen generator and magnetic dead-bolt door locks, the most interesting feature of the Tank are electrified door handles which can be activated from inside the car to ‘shock’ anyone trying to open the doors outside.

When armed, the car pumps 120 volts through the exterior handles, which is enough to give you a nasty shock and certainly deter you from grabbing it again.


Rezvani isn’t the only one offering such a feature either, with US-based third-party vehicle armourer, Armormax, offering ‘zap’ handles as a customisation service for your current car.

We’re pretty sure such a system would be illegal in Australia, as it’s probably illegal in the USA too.

But in a world where car doors lock automatically when a car moves, one may question the validity or sensibility of these electrified features – but then one may question the validity and sensibility of a car like the Rezvani Tank as a whole.

Perhaps the other ‘commercial’ from RoboCop wasn’t too far off the modern-day US car market after all…

James Ward

James has been part of the digital publishing landscape in Australia since 2002 and has worked within the automotive industry since 2007. He joined CarAdvice in 2013, left in 2017 to work with BMW and then returned at the end of 2019 to spearhead the content direction of Drive.

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