Land Rover Austin is here to present what is perhaps that baddest SUV ever produced.
The Range Rover Sentinel made its global debut at the Defence and Security Equipment International Exhibition at London’s Excel arena last month and is the first fully armored model engineered by Land Rover’s Special Operations Division.
The Sentinel is based on the existing short-wheelbase Autobiography and is crafted out of super-high-strength steel. It meets the strict VR 8 standards, meaning it can withstand 7.62-millimeter high-velocity bullets designed to pierce through armor, DM51 grenades and a 33-pound charge of TNT. And even if the wheels are shot at, the Sentinel can be driven with deflated tires.
Notable features include an anti-tamper exhaust system, a self-sealing gas tank, a backup battery and an emergency escape system that lets the occupants escape through the trunk if the doors are blocked on both sides.
The Sentinel is almost identical to a stock Range Rover when viewed from the outside, which ensures the occupants keep a low profile.
Other options include a fire suppression system for the cabin and the engine bay, a loud speaker and a configurable siren. The cabin can be personalized by choosing from a wide range of fabric and trim options.
Under the hood you will find a growling 3 liter supercharged V6 engine that sends 335 horsepower to all four wheels via a specially calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission manufactured by ZF.
John Edwards, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations said, “The new 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.”