If angry ruffians with explosives are impeding your daily commute, Land Rover has just the vehicle for you. It’s the armoured Range Rover Sentinel, now upgraded with a better interior and a Supercharged V8 in place of the previous six-pot.
Land Rover has a tradition of producing armoured Range Rovers. Heads of state and wealthy tycoons are the typical clientele, and probably a few shady characters too.
This time JLR is keeping tight-lipped about the Sentinel’s explosion-shrugging technologies, but we’re told the fortified shell includes armoured glass and a roof that withstands bomb blasts from above.
Despite carrying over a tonne of armour, the new Sentinel will crack 0-60mph in under 10 seconds, thanks to the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 under the bonnet. Intriguingly, its 375bhp is significantly short of the 525bhp-575bhp offered by the 5.0 V8s in civvy-spec Range Rovers.
Beefed up wheels wearing run-flat tyres enable a 50mph getaway even if a tyre is damaged, and buyers can opt for a built-in public address system with discrete ‘blues and twos’.
The new Sentinel will make its first public appearance on 5-7 March at the Home Office Security and Policing Show at Farnborough.
Price details haven’t been announced, but it’s safe to assume the armoured Range Rover will cost more than its £300k predecessor.
So if you’ve dodged a few too many bullets today, command your cronies to ring JLR’s Armoured Sales Team (they wear Kevlar to work) on 01920 885126.