The armoured Range Rover Sentinel is largely hand built by SVO at Oxford Road, and promises to offer ‘the highest levels of protection an SUV can offer’ against bullets, blasts and tampering.
It’s so impenetrable it’s been given a ‘VR8’ certification which, in English, means its sides will resist a blast from 15kg of TNT (which looks like this!), and the roof and floor will shrug off DM51 grenades.
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The Sentinel is based on the top-spec Range Rover Autobiography and looks totally standard, but at its core is a six-piece armoured passenger cell, made of super-high-strength steel.
Other kit includes laminated windows that will shrug off 7.62mm armour piercing incendiary bullets, a self-healing fuel tank, run flat tyres, an anti-tamper exhaust and a back-up battery. You can even specify discreet fire suppression systems, sirens and external speaker systems.
Although powered by JLR’s 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine, rather than the meatier V8, uprated suspension and brakes ensure it’ll still make a swift getaway when the doodoo meets the air circulator.
The Range Rover Sentinel will be unveiled for the first time next week at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) Show in London, and is available to order now. Most Sentinels will probably end up going overseas, with prices in the region of €400,000 (£292,000) plus taxes.
Customers should visit http://www.landrover.com/fleet-and-business/specialist-sales.html to register their interest.