Here's the new bullet-proof Range Rover that carries over a tonne of armour

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.

3.5-tonne Range Rover Sentinel is on upgraded rims and run-flat tyres. They’ll take a pounding…

3.5-tonne Range Rover Sentinel is on upgraded rims and run-flat tyres. They’ll take a pounding…

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 Range Rover Sentinel delivers the exceptional protection and security required by our VIP clients without compromising the superior refinement of the latest Range Rover. The addition of the more powerful 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 engine and a redesigned interior ensures a heightened level of performance and occupant safety.
— Michael van der Sande, Managing Director of Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations
All that armour encroaches into the cabin, but there’s more space in the upgraded Range Rover Sentinel.

All that armour encroaches into the cabin, but there’s more space in the upgraded Range Rover Sentinel.

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.