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A cure for tailgaters

Take this car to the road, and you’ll clear the path in a snap – no matter how rough the terrain.

by tina borgattaPublished: March 01, 2011

A street-legal battering ram?
If you’ve got the kind of job that takes you through rivers, across deserts and over mountains, then you might want to think about buying your next car from Shadow Hawk.
   
Not to be confused with the comic book character of the same name, Shadow Hawk specializes in futuristic super-terrain vehicles. The company’s least expensive model, the Steel Hawk, starts at $776,000. And, according to chatter on the company’s Facebook page, its Desert Hawk model starts at about $1.2 million. Here’s why: It’s got an additional roof-mounted intake to cope with harsh driving demands, a flipper mechanism to bring it upright if it topples, five-point harnesses, an off-road lighting system, a satellite phone and night-vision cameras.
   
That doesn’t mean comfort gets lost in the dust with any of the Shadow Hawk models, though. The company’s team of engineers has matched all that performance with an interior that’s ergonomically designed for comfort. And it’s just as über-cool looking as the outside, with a Formula One-style steering wheel and an eye-popping control panel.
   
Still, if you spend equal time on regular roads, then the new 4,800-pound Street Hawk might be a better fit. The introductory price starts at a cool million, but that could soon double. And you’d better put your orders in soon, because the company will only make 12 of them a year.
   
It’s just as rugged as its desert cousin, but its 62 inches of rubber, active suspension and zero-to-60 in 3.5-seconds of acceleration ensures a thrilling, road-hugging driving experience. Its estimated top speed: 208 mph.


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