New Range Rover Sentinel handles bullets almost as easily as rough terrain

by Drei Laurel | Mar 5, 2019
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Let’s have a quick look at what the average SUV has listed on its daily itinerary, shall we?

There’s dropping the kids off at school, a stop by the neighborhood grocery, a few rough patches of road here and there, and perhaps a little fun in the mud if there’s time. Nothing eventful, to be honest.

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If, however, you happen to sit on the extreme end of the ownership spectrum, one that perhaps involves possible gunfire or maintaining the well-being of highly valued clientele, then Land Rover has a proposition for you.

This, friends, is the new Range Rover Sentinel. Engineered by Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations and fitted with over one ton of armored glass and plating, a siren and emergency lighting, run-flat tires, roof blast-protection, and an emergency escape system, it’s what you want when point A to B entails the probability of someone trying to put an end to you or your passengers’ life.

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We mentioned that this mobile fortress lugs around over a ton worth of armor, so naturally, it needs a power plant up to the job of getting it going. Thankfully, it does: Underneath the hood is a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine with an output of 375hp—that’s almost 40hp up from the V6 in its predecessor. This is good enough for 0-100kph in 10.4 seconds and a top speed of 193kph. Not bad.

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The chassis and suspension system have been modified not just to cope with the added weight, but to retain the brand’s signature off-road drivability, too. What’s more, the interior is as plush as you’d expect from the brand, with premium materials, plenty of room, and even a 10-inch high-resolution touchscreen infotainment setup.

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Of course, all this will likely cost a pretty penny, though exactly how much remains to be seen. But what’s a little extra compared to losing a limb or two to an improvised explosive device, right?

The updated Range Rover Sentinel will make its debut at the 2019 UK Home Office Security and Policing show.

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