Land Rover's new bulletproof SUV is a tank dressed in a tuxedo

Range Rover SentinelJaguar Land RoverA view of the Range Rover Sentinel, Land Rover’s armoured version of the luxury SUV

For most people, car safety means airbags, stability control, and crash-avoidance technology that help spare us and our passengers from serious injury.

But, for a select few — think heads of state and corporate CEOs — those features would barely scratch the surface.

The address that, Land Rover has put together a bulletproof, explosion-proof road tank called the Range Rover Sentinel. From all appearances, the Sentinel looks like your everyday six-figure luxury SUV.  This one, however, might actually save your life.

The Range Rover Sentinel is a product of Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) unit — the same division that produces insanely fast versions of its standard SUVs. 

To produce the Sentinel, the automaker takes the top-of-the-line, $US140,000 Range Rover Autobiography model and turns it into a fortress with:

  • A reinforced passenger cell that can withstand armour-piercing incendiary bullets
  • Super high-strength steel that can take blasts from hand-grenade explosions
  • A tamper-proof exhaust system
  • Self-sealing fuel tank that prevents leaks if the tank is punctured
  • A backup battery and run-flat tires

Naturally, all of that reinforced steel and glass makes the already heavy Range Rover (standard weight: more than 5,000 lbs) even heavier. But, engineers have retooled the Sentinel’s suspension to compensate for that.

There’s no point in dodging armour-piercing bullets and grenades if you can’t make evasive maneuvers to get out of harm’s way.

You can see the bulletproof Range Rover Sentinel in action here:

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