A Jaguar with nine lives

Safety is always a priority for manufacturers, but Jaguar's XJ Sentinel goes to extremes--the luxury sedan can withstand B7 grade weaponry such as an AK-74 and up to 15 kg (33 pounds) of explosives detonated within close proximity.

Passenger safety goes beyond seatbelts in the bullet proof Sentinel.
Passenger safety goes beyond seatbelts in the bulletproof Sentinel. Jaguar

Safety is always a priority for manufacturers, but Jaguar's XJ Sentinel goes to extremes. The luxury sedan can withstand B7 grade weaponry such as an AK-74 and up to 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of exposives detonated within close proximity.

The bulletproof Sentinel will debut at the 2010 Moscow International Motor Show, but don't expect to be blown away (couldn't resist)--its exterior is indistinguishable from the standard long-wheelbase XJ models. The difference is in the chassis that's been constructed from specialized high-strength steels with Kevlar backing.

The standard XJ has a 3,909-pound curb weight, while the Sentinel weighs 7,200 pounds. All that extra weight takes a toll on the performance; equipped with the same 5.0-L V8, the Sentinel has a 0-100 kmh of 9.7 seconds (compared with 5.7 seconds in the standard long-wheel base XJ) and tops out at 121 mph. Without the bulletproof option, the XJ has a top speed of 155 mph.

 

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