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The new Range Rover Sentinel is a full-armoured SUV hand-built by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO). It is based on the standard-wheelbase top-range Range Rover Autobiography and looks similar to the non-armoured 4X4.

Unique selling points of the vehicle include the ability to withstand 7.62 mm high velocity, armour-piercing incendiary bullets, side protection against up to 15 kg of TNT blasts and against DM51 grenades from beneath the floor and above.

The six-piece armoured passenger cell is made out of super-high strength steel while the glass windows comes with multi-laminated armour. There’s a 100 mm opening in the driver’s window for document delivery.

The Sentinel also has an anti-tamper exhaust, a self-sealing fuel tank, an auxiliary back-up battery as well as a split charging system. It is fully certified to VR8 standard against ballistic threats by independent defence organisation QinetiQ.

Run flat inserts in the tyres – fitted to special 20-inch split rim alloy wheels – allow the vehicle to be driven even if the tyres are deflated. If all else fails, with the main doors blocked out, passengers can sneak out through the Emergency Escape System located behind the rear seats.

Additionally, a few other optional protection features are available such as an under floor and under bonnet fire suppression system, configurable sirens, emergency service lights and an external speaker system.

This tank is powered by a 340 PS 3.0 litre supercharged V6 engine paired to a specially-calibrated ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. It’s a lot heavier than a normal car, so the 380 mm front and 365 mm rear ventilated disc brakes come with high-density pads and the suspension has been upgraded. It retains the standard car’s off-road capabilities.

The Range Rover Sentinel is available in the UK, Europe, South America, Africa and Middle East and is fully EU homologated. It has a guide price of €400,000 (RM1.94 million) inclusive of driver training.

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