Moscow motor show launch for the safest Jaguar XJ money can buy

Jaguar has revealed an armoured version of the new XJ ahead of its official launch at next week’s Moscow motor show.

The Jaguar XJ Sentinel is almost indistinguishable from the outside, despite being fitted with an armoured inner cell made from high-strength steels with Kevlar backing.

See the official pics of the new Jaguar XJ Sentinel

This allows the XJ to offer ballistic protection up to B7 level and offer blast protection against 15kg of TNT or equivalent detonated within close proximity of the car. It also offers “substantial underfloor grenade protection”.

Jaguar managing director Mike O’Driscoll said the XJ Sentinel was the “ultimate armoured luxury limousine”. The firm is pitching it at governments and security organisations, as well as private individuals.

The Sentinel uses a long-wheelbase XJ chassis and power comes from a 380bhp version of the firm’s 5.0-litre direct-injection V8 petrol engine. The car can accelerate from 0-62mph in 9.7sec and reach a top speed of 121mph.

See the Jaguar XJ concept that hints at the new XJR

It gets an overhauled Adaptive Dynamics system with continuously variable dampers to cope with the extra weight of the inner cell, while the suspension and steering have also been tuned to allow the armoured car to match the dynamics of the standard model. The upgraded brakes from the 503bhp supercharged XJ are used in the Sentinel to boost stopping power.

Jaguar also says the armoured inner cell has minimal impact on interior space and rear passengers have one metre of legroom.

Read Autocar's full road test of the new Jaguar XJ

Buyers will work with a dedicated security consultant to select from a “wide range of specialised optional security and vehicle features available that can be tailored to meet individual requirements”.

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19 August 2010

When is the supercharged available :D

19 August 2010

will have to see if my new sniper rifle passes the kill shot test.

if not i will be forced to double my tab on my semtex account i hold with Jewsons.

19 August 2010

[quote Autocar]power comes from a 380bhp version of the firm’s 5.0-litre direct-injection V8 petrol engine. The car can accelerate from 0-62mph in 9.7sec and reach a top speed of 121mph. [/quote]

For a high-protection vehicle, that is rather slow...I mean, you might have to speed away from any criminals that might cross your path...and you don't want them to catch up with you; even a 1.4 Golf goes from 0-60 faster and has a higher top speed!

In comparison, the Mercedes S600 Guard can do 0-60mph in 4.5s and has a top speed of 130mph. Ok, it's probably more expensive than the XJ, but still...at this level, I don't think buyers are really that short on money...

 

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19 August 2010

Utterly pointless. The XJ is supposed to be a lightweight, coupéish, low-roofed luxury sports saloon - a sort of big Merc CLS. If Jag want to play the S-class at its own game, including armoured variants, they need to do a higher-roofed, less radically-styled Daimler-badged model, based on the XJ's platform.

19 August 2010

Surely this has already been launched; Cameron and other ministers have been rolling in them for a while now.

19 August 2010

[quote ChrisWP]Surely this has already been launched; Cameron and other ministers have been rolling in them for a while now.[/quote]

Yep, except they missed the publicity by having it ready a day too late for him to roll up to Downing St in it....

19 August 2010

[quote Big S]

[quote ChrisWP]Surely this has already been launched; Cameron and other ministers have been rolling in them for a while now.[/quote]

Yep, except they missed the publicity by having it ready a day too late for him to roll up to Downing St in it...

[/quote] it was the Met Police; still testing it apparently - not quite sure how you test an armoured limo without destroying it... The key test probably being how it looked when the Chief Constable took for a full 18 down the golf course...

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