The Range Rover: One of the symbols of British luxury, tradition, and in some ways, royalty.

There are many versions of the current Range Rover, but none are as beefed up as this. Land Rover calls it the Sentinel, and it's made by their Special Vehicle Operations division. Yes, the same folks who make hotter versions of other Land Rover models.

Range Rover Sentinel image

On the surface, it looks like a standard, long-wheelbase Range Rover, but the Sentinel has been enhanced in a way unlike the potent SVO Land Rovers. Yes, they added power, but what SVO has done is turn it into a bomb-proof (or rather, bomb-resistant) mobile fortress. And it's all wrapped in a low-key (for a Range Rover) package.

Land Rover didn't go into specifics about this special Range Rover's ballistic resistance. What they did say, though, is that it can resist an IED (improvised explosive device) explosion. It goes without saying that it can also resist heavy fire from high caliber rounds. To support all that armoring which added 1,000 kg to the vehicle, Land Rover upgraded the brakes, suspension, chassis, and stability control system. With these modifications, they say that the Range Rover Sentinel retains the standard model's off-road ability.

Range Rover Sentinel image

To move all this weight, the Range Rover Sentinel uses a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 which doles out 380 PS. That figure is good enough for a 0 to 100 km/h time of 10.4 seconds and it has an electronically limited top speed of 193 km/h. Hardly a performance car, but that should be enough to get out of harm's way.

Range Rover Sentinel image

There are a couple of special features available too. The windows, for example, can go down, but only by 150 mm or 6 inches. That is enough, says Land Rover, for handing off documents and it means the occupants don't have to open the door to give or receive files. There's also a PA system plus a lights and siren package.

It's not just reserved for British government purposes either. Private individuals can also purchase of this leather lined, bomb-resistant fortress with a V8 motor. Price? Land Rover isn't saying anything yet, but it's safe to say that it will cost a pretty penny.