Land Rover has revealed the Range Rover Sentinel; the first luxury armoured vehicle fully engineered by its Special Vehicle Operations department.
Hand built at its Oxford Road facility, the model provides additional occupant protection, while, outwardly, looking identical to the standard model.[Not a valid template]
The SUV is designed to withstand the most damaging and targeted of threats including penetration by 7.62mm high velocity, armour piercing incendiary bullets, and lateral protection against up to 15kg Trinitrotoluene (TNT) blasts – you never know, after all – and defence against DM51 grenade explosions from both beneath the floor and above the roof.
Its core is a specially developed six-piece armoured passenger cell, made of super-high-strength steel, providing world-class protection from attack, while standard glass has been replaced with multi-laminated armour privacy glass.
Fully certified to VR8 standard by QinetiQ, the Range Rover Sentinel features a 335bhp 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine, mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.
The model can carry a payload of 650kg, and retains the legroom of the standard model while. It also has an anti-tamper exhaust, a self-sealing fuel tank, auxiliary back-up battery and a split charging system.
The latest Land Rover also comes with run flat inserts in the tyres, allowing the vehicle to be driven even if the tyres are deflated, as well as and emergency escape system behind the rear seats if the main doors won’t open for whatever reason.
Optional protection features include under floor and under bonnet fire suppression systems, a customer configurable siren system, emergency service lights and an external speaker system to address people outside the vehicle from the safety of the cabin.
The Range Rover Sentinel is fully EU Homologated, available in the UK, Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East and is available to order now from $446,480.
A full driver-training programme is also provided to ensure drivers are capable of handling the vehicle to maximum effect, as well as yearly service visits.