Land Rover builds ultra-luxe armored Range Rover Sentinel
Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division has created an armored ultra-luxurious Range Rover, known as the Sentinel.
Based on the range-topping standard-wheelbase Range Rover Autobiography, the Sentinel aims to be visually indistinguishable from the unarmored SUV when viewed from the outside. Closer inspection will reveal multi-laminated bullet-resistant privacy glass, claimed to be capable of withstanding hits from 7.62mm armor-piercing incendiary rounds.
The six-piece armored passenger cell is also designed to handle explosions, such as a DM51 grenade blast from underneath the vehicle or above the roof. It can also protect against a lateral explosion from 15kg of TNT, though JLR does not mention the blast proximity for such scenarios. Some vehicles can withstand the 15kg TNT explosion from four meters, while others can survive the exponentially higher forces of a blast at two meters.
The Sentinel’s stability control system has been revised to handle the extra weight of the armor and payloads of up to 1,430 pounds. JLR claims the SUV offers the same off-road capabilities and ride comfort of the Range Rover Autobiography, with on-road handling prowess and run-flat tires to help escape a potential attack.
The armored Range Rover is powered exclusively by a 3.0-liter supercharged V6 gasoline engine with 340 PS (335 hp), paired with a specially-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can choose from a wide range of options including a fire-suppression system, emergency lighting gear, and an external speaker system to address people outside the vehicle, among other upgrades.
The Range Rover Sentinel has received an independent ballistic-protection rating of VR 8, with a price tag starting under 400,000 euros (~$450,000 USD). For an even higher level of protection, the new Audi A8 L Security features a slightly higher VR 9 rating, though the company has not yet announced pricing for the armored sedan.