If you’ve got enemies, then the new Range Rover Sentinel might be your new best friend. Built by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) and powered by a 380PS 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 petrol engine, the armoured Range Rover will keep you safe from improvised explosive device (IED) fragmentation blasts as well as most small arms fire. Specially designed wheels incorporate a run-flat system that allows the vehicle to be driven at speeds of up to 80km/h (50mph) for around 50km (30 miles) even with badly damaged tyres.
The Sentinel will hit 100km/h from a standstill in 10.4 seconds (or 0-60mph in 9.8 seconds if you still like your measurements in imperial). It’s top speed might be artificially limited to 193km/h (120mph), but that should still be more than enough to facilitate a quick getaway. But, as every wheelman knows, showing a clean pair of heels demands more than grunt, so you’ll be delighted to know that the engineers at SVO have tweaked the chassis, suspension, braking and electronic stability systems in order to retain as much of the Range Rover’s on-road performance as possible. This can’t have been an easy task given that the Sentinel carries more than one tonne of armour plating and reinforced glass.
Even more impressively, it’s still pretty handy off-road, managing to retain most of the standard Range Rover’s ability to ford deep water crossings and challenging terrain. The big kid inside you will be excited to hear that it also has a public address system in addition to a full suite of blue lights and sirens.
Michael van der Sande, Managing Director, Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said: “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.”
Carlton Boyce @motoringjourno