Bullet- and blast-resistant Land Rover is updated with more power and greater interior refinement
Tom Morgan, deputy digital editor
4 March 2019

Land Rover has upgraded the armour-plated Range Rover Sentinel for 2019 with a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine.

The 375bhp V8 delivers 39bhp more power than the outgoing V6-powered Sentinel, enabling the heavily reinforced SUV to reach 62mph in 10.4sec and a 120mph governed top speed.

Custom-built by Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations division, the Sentinel has more than a tonne of armour plating and blast-resistant glass. It has been developed with roof and under-floor protection to withstand IED explosives, as well as conventional bullet and blast attacks. Run-flat wheels allow for 30 miles of driving at up to 50mph, even if a tyre is damaged.

Inside, the new Sentinel gets more head room and greater cabin space than the outgoing car as well as Land Rover's latest Touch Pro Duo infotainment system. It also includes a rear escape tunnel in the event that the doors become blocked and a public address system lets the car's occupants communicate with people outside without having to leave the secure cabin. The front windows can be specified with an optional 150mm maximum drop for document delivery. Emergency lighting and sirens can be added, too.

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“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," Land Rover SVO director Michael van der Sande, said. "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.”

The Sentinel retains the off-road abilities of the standard Range Rover, with the chassis and suspension redesigned to support the extra weight of the armour plating. 

Land Rover will build the Range Rover Sentinel to order at its SV technical centre in Warwickshire, with prices expected to exceed the £300,000 starting point of the outgoing model.

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4 March 2019

Excellent. And yet UK’s PM turns up to meetings with the EU in a Mercedes S Class.

I’d like to see some genuine, pragmatic patriotism from UK leaders, not this fake jingoistic Brexiter nonsense. And that would start with support for UK manufacturing and engineering.

4 March 2019
scrap wrote:

Excellent. And yet UK’s PM turns up to meetings with the EU in a Mercedes S Class.

I’d like to see some genuine, pragmatic patriotism from UK leaders, not this fake jingoistic Brexiter nonsense. And that would start with support for UK manufacturing and engineering.

I pretty sure thats because the cars the PM uses would be supplied by the country to which the 

PM is visiting.

4 March 2019

Thats more like it. Big improvement on the old one. Be interesting to know the price tag.

JMax

4 March 2019

give it a few months and Mrs may will be traveling in the new sentinel. the reason why she travels in a s-class is because they haven't launched the new sentinel untill now, thats why she used a s-class untill it came out. She also like s-class as they are good cars. There is no rule that a head of goverment has to use range rovers. She can use what she likes. its her personal choice. lets not have a go at her for traveling in a very well made germanc car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tyron Cox

Anything you need to know ask me!!!

4 March 2019

Usually see her in an XJ

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

4 March 2019

I like it... needs more bhp... maybe 200 more???

also,  doesn't look much different...

JW

4 March 2019

Mrs May, gets driven in the EU by what ever car they give her.

In the UK it’s most often an Armoured Jaguar XJ or Range Rover. Occasionally it’s an Armoured BMW 7 series, it’s not often as she has be be seen in a British Brand. 

It would be cost prohibitive to take an Armoured car for use overseas. Better to use what your given.

The Met Police maintan a fleet of Armoured vehicles for Government and visiting dignities, unless their embassy provide one of their own. 

The entire point of an Armoured car is it looks little different that the car it’s based on. Protection by discretion.  

4 March 2019

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5 March 2019

I don't get this - the old N/A 5.0L V8 was 375BHP.  I just simply don't understand why they would fit such a detuned V8 as the V6 can be had with 380BHP (and even 400BHP).

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