Armoured editions of vehicles hold a special fascination for car watchers.

And the latest Range Rover Sentinel from Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations ticks all the boxes.

Wth the latest in occupant protection, it boasts armoured glass, roof blast-protection and an emergency escape system.

The previous V6 has been upgraded to a supercharged 5.0-litre V8, no doubt helping to support the extra weight of the armour and ensures the Sentinel retains its performance across all terrains.

Carrying more than one tonne of armour plate and glass, Sentinel is still able to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 10.4 seconds, with top speed that’s limited to 193km/h.

At the core of the package is a protection cell that has been built to stringent whole vehicle standards and in accordance with full ballistic and blast certification.

The enhanced body is engineered to face modern and unconventional forms of attack, including improvised explosive device (IED) fragmentation blasts.

Specially manufactured wheels incorporate a run-flat system so the vehicle can be driven over a distance of more than 50km at speeds of 80km/h if a tyre is damaged.

Sentinel is fitted with armoured glass that is several centimetres thick in order to help protect occupants from attack.

Further security systems includes the option for a specially configured front window which drops a maximum of 150mm for document delivery, while it also features a public address system allowing occupants to address people outside the vehicle without leaving their secure environment.

Siren and emergency lighting packs are also available.

New Sentinel gains improved cabin space, enhanced headroom and superior seating over the previous model.

The interior also features Land Rover’s latest Touch Pro Duo infotainment system with two 10-inch high resolution touch screens.

Featuring the latest Range Rover exterior design elements, including LED lighting, Sentinel is now offered with the optional Black Pack which adds black finishes to trim items for an even more sophisticated appearance.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.