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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