BULLET-PROOF LANDY: The Range Rover Sentinel is the armoured version of the Autobiogrpahy model and uses high-tech security features to keep its occupants safe. Image: Motorpress
• Fully engineered by SVO
• Based on the RR Autobiography
• VR8 level certification
• Available to order in South Africa
Pretoria – The new Range Rover Sentinel is the first luxury, armoured vehicle to be engineered by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO), hand-built at its Oxford Road factory.
The new bullet-proof 4x4, dubbed 'The Sentinel', uses a Range Rover Autobiography as a platform.
The Sentinel is available in South Africa and interested customers can visit their nearest Land Rover dealership to place an order.
Shrugs off bullets
The vehicle is designed, says Land Rover, to withstand threats including being under fire from 7.62mm high-velocity, armour-piercing incendiary bullets. It's capable of protecting occupants against up to 15kg Trinitrotoluene (TNT) blasts and defend against grenade explosions (from beneath the floor and above the roof).
A six-piece armoured passenger cell, comprised of high-strength steel, provides protection to occupants. For visibility, it uses multi-laminated armoured privacy glass with bullet protection.
The automaker says the Range Rover Sentinel is "fully certified to VR8 standard against ballistic threats independent organisation by QinetiQ".
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A payload of up to 650kg can be carried thanks to revised dynamic stability control and ride stability control systems. The command driving position found in all Range Rover vehicles remains.
The suspension has been up-rated and the SUV uses an anti-tamper exhaust, a self-sealing fuel tank, auxiliary back-up battery and a split charging system.
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The driver can open the window by 100mm for document delivery purposes to the vehicle is secure. Run flat tyres fitted to special 20" split-rim alloy wheels allows the driver to move the vehicle away from an attack.
3.0 litre supercharged
The Sentinel is powered by a 250kW 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine with a specially-calibrated ZF eight-speed auto. The braking system uses 380mm front and 365mm rear ventilated disc brakes, both with high-density pads.
View a detailed infographic of the Sentinel's features above.
Emergency escape system
If occupants are unable to leave via the main doors , they can use the emergency escape system behind the rear seats. Land Rover says the despite this special security feature, the basic design is uncompromised and the Sentinel maintains the split-level tailgate of the standard production vehicle.
Optional protection features:
• Under floor and under bonnet fire suppression systems
• Siren system
• Emergency service lights
• External speaker system.
Available on application.