The Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division from Range Rover has taken the wraps off their very first luxury armoured vehicle. Dubbed the Range Rover Sentinel, the armoured variant has been designed to transport occupants in utmost safety without compromising on luxury.
The Range Rover Sentinel is based on the top-spec standard wheelbase Range Rover Autobiography, and can withstand attacks including penetration from 7.62mm high-velocity armour piercing incendiary bullets. It also offers occupants lateral protection against up to 15kg TNT (Trinitrotoluene) explosions along with protection from DM51 grenade blasts from beneath the floor and above the roof.
This has become possible with the use of specially developed six-piece armoured passenger cell which incorporates the use of a super-high-strength steel construction. The windows also feature the use of multi-laminated armour privacy glass with high optical quality, which delivers protection from bullets while increasing visibility for the driver and occupants.
The Range Rover Sentinel has been certified to VR8 standard in ballistic protection, while keeping the looks identical to the standard SUV. It also offers rear occupants ample legroom and has a payload capacity of 650 kg. The armoured vehicle also adds revisions to the Dynamic Stability Control and Ride Stability Control systems while retaining ride comfort and off-road capability.
It also includes additional equipment like a self-sealing fuel tank, auxiliary back-up battery, anti-tamper exhaust and a split charging system. It also can be specified with optional fire suppression system under the floor and bonnet. The armoured Range Rover Sentinel sports special 20-inch split rim alloy wheels shod with run flat tyres that enable the vehicle to be driven even when the tyres are deflated.
There is a provision of an Emergency Escape System located behind the rear seats, which can be used by the passengers to exit the vehicle in an emergency situation if the doors are blocked by an attack or an accident. The Sentinel also features the standard split-level tailgate seen on the standard model.
It is powered by the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine that produces 340 PS (335 hp) and is mated to an upgraded 8-speed automatic ZF transmission. Stopping power is provided by 380mm front and 365mm rear ventilated disc brakes with high density brake pads.
The company informs that the Range Rover Sentinel has been homologated in the EU and will be made available in the beginning of September in the UK, South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East with a guide price under €400,000. It will be offered with three-year, 50,000-mile (80,467 km) warranty. Global aftersales support also includes annual scheduled visits by a specialised technician.
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