A luxury fortress on wheels, the Range Rover Sentinel is the first armored Land Rover to be fully engineered by Special Vehicle Operations (SVO).
This mobile fortress is designed to withstand the most damaging and targeted of threats, including penetration by 7.62mm high-velocity, armor-piercing incendiary rounds. This exceptional vehicle delivers lateral protection against up to 15kg Trinitrotoluene (TNT) blasts and defense against DM51 grenade explosions from both beneath the floor and above the roof.
At its core is a specially developed six-piece armored passenger cell, made of super-high-strength steel, providing world-class protection from attack. The standard glass has been replaced by multi-laminated, optical quality armor privacy glass, providing excellent clarity for the driver and occupants, while also delivering bullet protection.
John Edwards, Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations, said: “The Range Rover Sentinel is one of the most extraordinary Range Rovers ever produced. It has been expertly engineered by Special Vehicle Operations to provide class leading levels of protection to occupants against extreme attack, whilst retaining the Range Rover’s luxury and refinement with off road capability."
The suspension has been up-rated to ensure Range Rover’s legendary ride comfort and handling are retained, yet still delivers precise on-road dynamics to allow occupants to escape attack. The Sentinel has undergone the same testing as a standard production vehicle and retains the outstanding off-road capability for which Land Rover is famous.
The Sentinel has an anti-tamper exhaust, a self-sealing fuel tank, auxiliary back-up battery and a split charging system. The 100-mm opening in the driver’s window for document delivery ensures the vehicle is secure. The load space features anti-smash protective glass ensuring the cabin remains a “safe house.”
When it is time to leave in a hurry, run flat inserts in the tires – fitted to special 20-inch split rim alloy wheels – allow the vehicle to be driven even if the tyres are deflated. This system ensures that however determined the attack, the Range Rover Sentinel can use the considerable performance of its 340PS 3.0-litre V6 supercharged gas engine in conjunction with a specially-calibrated ZF 8-speed automatic transmission to escape. In addition, 380-mm front and 365-mm rear ventilated disc brakes, both with high-density pads, ensure impressive stopping power when needed.
If the worst happens and the main doors are blocked by an accident or an attack, occupants can leave the vehicle via the Emergency Escape System behind the rear seats. Despite this special security feature, the basic design is uncompromising and the Range Rover Sentinel is still equipped with the elegant split-level tailgate of the standard production vehicle.
Despite the huge levels of security offered by the vehicle’s armor and occupant protection systems, the Range Rover Sentinel remains a Range Rover to the core. It delivers the same exceptional levels of luxury ride and comfort as a conventional Range Rover Autobiography. Customers can still choose from an extensive range of exterior paint colors; and Ebony, Ivory or Dark Cherry interior color ways with leather headlining an option. A range of bespoke options is available on request.
Standard Range Rover features such as Blind Spot Monitoring, Closing Vehicle Sensing and Surround Camera Security incorporating T-junction view also lend themselves perfectly to the duties this very special Range Rover is designed to perform.
The Range Rover Sentinel is fully EU Homologated, available in the UK, Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East with VR8 level certification. Available to order from the beginning of September 2015, the Range Rover Sentinel has a guide price from under €400,000 and benefits from a three-year, 50,000-mile warranty. Additional global aftersales support includes scheduled visits each year by a specialized technician.
The Sentinel will make its global debut at the Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition at London’s ExCeL arena from September 15th to 18th 2015. For more information, please visit http://www.landrover.com/fleet-and-business/specialist-sales.html