Jaguar has announced plans to unveil the XJ Sentinel at the Moscow Motor Show.
Designed for executives and heads of state, the car features specialized high strength steels (with Kevlar backing), an armored inner cell, and "substantial under floor grenade protection." Thanks to all these additions, the Sentinel has a ballistic protection rating of B7. If car bombs are more up your alley, you'll be happy to know the car can withstand a "close proximity" blast from 15kg (33 lbs) of TNT.
As you'd expect, the armoring adds weight - a lot of it. The Sentinel tips the scales at 3,300kg (7,275 lbs) which is 1,426kg (3,144 lbs) more than the standard XJL. Performance, of course, suffers as the run from 0-100 km/h takes 9.7 seconds and the top speed is limited to 195 km/h (121 mph). This is despite the fact that power is provided by a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 385 hp (287 kW / 390 PS) and 515 Nm (380 lb-ft) of torque.
According to Mike O'Driscoll, Jaguar's Managing Director, "The XJ Sentinel is the ultimate armored luxury limousine. It offers governments, security organizations and private individuals, the highest level of security, with advanced design, refined performance and a beautifully-crafted cabin. The XJ Sentinel will be the vehicle of choice for the most discerning."
Check out the press release for additional information