Talk about any Land Rover vehicle, they draw quite some attention wherever they go. Specifically, if we talk about the Range Rovers, they come first in the line. Often driven by the celebrities and the people from power corridors, Range Rover is one of the most desired vehicles for these highly secured persons. Automatically, these persons become the prime target from various hazardous organizations and individuals. Therefore comes the need of better safety and security. This is the exact point from where Land Rover began making the Range Rover Sentinel, fully armored luxury SUV.
This car better called a fortress than an armored car. Covered with rigorous armored plating, this car can easily withstand highly powerful explosives, armored piercing bullets, hand grenades. The British luxury SUV manufacturer just revealed this car which is made by their Special Vehicle Operations segment. Sentinel is all set to make its global debut at the Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition which will take place at London’s ExCeL arena from 15th to 18th September 2015.
Before you experience the launch of this gorgeously tough car, we brought you the bits and pieces of the Range Rover sentinel. Here, take a look.
Range Rover Sentinel was built based on the longer wheel base Range Rover SVAutobiography. There is no extra additional element when it comes to the designing ground, but the real story lies beneath the body. From outside this car looks like any other Range Rover SVAutobiography. But the real story goes different, when you take a deeper look.
Special Vehicle Operations department of Jaguar Land Rover equipped this vehicle with six piece armoured super strength steel cell, which makes the car stubborn and rigid like a battle tank. Land Rover claims, this armoured steel cell can easily withstand 7.62 mm armour piercing high velocity bullet rounds, upto 15 kg TNT explosives and hand grenades. To make the cabin safer Land Rover SVO replaced all the windows by multi-laminated bulletproof glasses and Land Rover says that this bomb proof car can survive grenades tossed under the vehicle. The fuel tank under the vehicle comes with a self sealing facility, which covers it in case of any explosion underneath or above the roof of the vehicle. The engine compartment and the floor of the vehicle is equipped with self fire extinguishing system. This vehicle runs on 20 inch split rim alloy wheels with run flat tyres, which allows the car to run even after getting shot at the tyres.
Altogether this car is strong enough to come with the VR8 ballistic certification, which is equivalent to the Euro NCAP of the bomb proofing industry.
|Width||2220 mm (Mirrors folded out)|
|Wading depth||900 mm|
* Six piece armoured passenger cell.
* Multi-laminated, bullet-proof armour privacy glass.
* Anti tamper exhaust.
* Self sealing fuel tank.
* Auxiliary back up battery.
* Fire suppression system under the bonnet and floor.
* Siren system.
* External speaker to allow occupants in the car to address people outside the car.
* 20 inch split-rim alloys with run-flat inserts.
* Anti smash protective glass over the boot.
* Emergency service lights.
Although this is a defence focused variant of Range Rover SVAutobiography, but there is no compromise on luxury. Like the Range Rover SVAutobiography this car is equally equipped with luxury features inside the cabin. The front instrument panel is stylish enough to deliver a strong urge to seat behind the wheel and drive the vehicle. There is lots of aluminium on the dashboard and in instrument panel. The entire cabin comes with lots of leather, wood and aluminium. The cabin comes with seating arrangement for four occupants. Being a defence focused luxury SUV the touch of safety elements are visible inside too. There is an anti-smash protective glass over the boot of the car and a 100 mm opening can be seen in the driver’s window, from where any paperwork can be presented when required.
This moving fortress is powered by a 3.0 liter V6 supercharged petrol engine matched with a ZF eight speed automatic gear box, which churns out immense 335 bhp. Point to be noted, in SVAutobiography, the same duty is performed by a diesel motor. Land Rover vehicles are always known as the best off roading vehicles of the world. This one too comes with the same capability, with an addition of best in class defensive safety facilities. This car is a made to order vehicle, and we have heard that, Land Rover is providing a complete driver training program.
|Engine||3.0 liter V6 Supercharged petrol|
|Transmission||ZF 8 speed automatic|
|Peak power||335 bhp|
When it comes to riding in a Land Rover vehicle, there is no question mark at all, and this car too promises the same. Along with that, the handling of this car is also pretty good. Land Rover SVO has reinforced the suspension to fit this car handle the extra weight of heavy armour and this vehicle also offer all-terrain capability, like any other Land Rover.
This car will come as a made to order vehicle. Land Rover has made sure this will be mainly for export market. They have priced the car at €400,000 (excl. taxes) in UK.
The need for defensive vehicles for celebrities and power persons is pretty well known. All around the world big leaders and other celebrities prefer to own and ride a safe and secure car like this. Mercedes has S600 Guard to give the Range Rover Sentinel a tough fight.
Mercedes Benz has been manufacturing armoured car for long period. Their latest, tough most and most popular armoured car is the S600 Guard, which is a favorite for many international leader5s for its enhanced security and defensive mechanism. It is powered by a V12 engine which produces 530 PS of peak power and 830 Nm of torque and it comes mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Jaguar Land Rover has made the Range Rover sentinel to withstand more or less all possible threats for the VVIPs. Therefore it is expected, Land Rover will be the new favorite of international eminent personalities, and people who have a keen interest for off roading and adventures, they would surely love this vehicle.