Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations have just debuted the Land Rover Range Rover Sentinel, an armoured 4x4 that wouldn't look out of place in a Bond film or zipping out the back door of Buckingham Palace.
Incased with 1000kg worth of ballistic and blast certified armour and multi-laminated bulletproof glass, the SUV weights over 3175kg and is the first new Sentinel to be released in four years. To cope with the extra weight, the Sentinel’s suspension, brakes, chassis and safety features have had to be modified, with the inclusion of a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that has dropped from 510 horsepower to only 375 in the name of grunting low-end torque to move such mass.
The Sentinel takes a hefty 10 seconds to reach 100 km/h, but once it gets going you'd be hard pressed to stop this beast. It can withstand a 33-pound bomb and stop a hail of AK-47 rounds thanks to the 2-inch glass and armour. The 4x4 also comes with run-flat tires that enable you to keep driving for an additional 48km (if you don't exceed 80km) once the tire has been pierced.
The inside contains black leather interior and comes equipped with a Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10-inch touch screens, extra headroom, a public address system and a special front window that can drop 5.9 inches for document deliveries, but none of the other windows open, of course. Customisable options are also available, including the addition of a siren and emergency lights.
While it's not confirmed how much this Sentinel will cost, the previous model went for $638,387. Not a bad price for a vehicle that will keep you safe from virtually any attack, let's just hope it never has to be used. See more of the Range Rover lineup at JLR's website.