2011 Jaguar XJ Sentinel: official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 27, 2010

Jaguar revealed today the 2011 XJ Sentinel, the armoured version of the new XJ luxury sports saloon which will make its official debut at the 2010 Moscow International Motor Show. As expected, this new car offers a state-of-the-art armouring package which provides occupants with up to B7 levels of ballistic protection.

It was built using strength steels with Kevlar backing and it is capable to offer protection to B7 level (BS EN 1522 level FB7 and BS EN 1063 BR7), blast protection against 15kg TNT equivalent detonated within close proximity of the vehicle, and substantial under floor grenade protection.

Of course, the weight of the car has been seriously increased, and Jaguar decided to put its most powerful engine available in this baby, the 5.0-litre 385PS AJ-V8 Gen III naturally aspirated direct-injection V8 petrol engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. As a result, the car can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 9.7 seconds while the top speed achieved is 195 km/h or 122 mph.

Also, due to the increased weight (3,300 kg), the car features an upgraded Adaptive Dynamics system with continuously variable dampers. In order to stop this monster, Jaguar installed the high performance braking system found on the 510PS Supercharged non-armoured XFR model.

To enhance passive safety, the Sentinel retains full functionality of the standard XJ restraint system, including dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, side thorax airbags and side curtain airbags. Inside, the car features the same luxurious interior found on the standard car.

The engineers at Jaguar made sure that the armored version of the XJ Sentinel continues to offer supreme luxury plus real-world usability. These are characteristics that are essential to the standard model. Thus, the XJ manages to offer occupant protection with the need to sacrifice practicality or comfort.

XJ has a long wheelbase and with the armoured inner cell being optimized, it ensures that the interior package retains the space while giving the passengers in the rear a one-meter legroom. The style has a modern feel but remains elegant.

The interior uses veneer surfaces and the beautifully-crafted leather, giving the occupants inside an atmosphere that is luxurious, comfortable, and even relaxing. The XJ has a payload of 500 kg considering that it has been maximized by its aluminum and lightweight body structure.

As a result, the XJ Sentinel can accommodate four occupants and their luggage plus any security equipment. Because of this practicality, it can give government organizations, businesses, security forces, or very important persons an appealing yet inconspicuous armored transport.

Press Release

JAGUAR LAUNCHES XJ SENTINEL – THE ULTIMATE ARMOURED LUXURY SPORTS SALOON

Jaguar is launching an armoured version of its stunning new XJ luxury sports saloon at the 2010 Moscow International Motor Show.

The new XJ Sentinel offers the ultimate in discreet protection, being virtually indistinguishable from the standard XJ model, yet featuring a state-of-the-art armouring package which provides occupants with up to B7 levels of ballistic protection.

Benefiting from Jaguar Land Rover's extensive experience in the armoured vehicle market, the XJ Sentinel is supplied with a full three-year 50,000 mile factory warranty, along with comprehensive after-sales support from specialised technicians.

"The XJ Sentinel is the ultimate armoured luxury limousine. It offers governments, security organisations 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," he added.

Jaguar engineers focused on ensuring that the XJ Sentinel retained the real-world usability of the standard car. Based on the long wheelbase XJ, the armoured vehicle maintains that model's luxurious interior package, its compelling blend of comfort and agility, and convenient servicing using regular dealer equipment.

The Jaguar XJ's aerospace-inspired lightweight aluminium body structure also makes it possible to offer a very generous 500kg payload for passengers and luggage without compromising vehicle performance.

Comprehensive Armouring System:

The XJ Sentinel is equipped with a purpose-built armouring system which has been specially developed to ensure that the vehicle offers outstanding occupant protection, while being almost impossible to detect from outside the car.

Constructed from specialised high strength steels with Kevlar backing, the armoured inner cell was engineered in partnership with Centigon, a leading global specialist in vehicle armouring. The XJ Sentinel offers ballistic protection up to B7 level (BS EN 1522 level FB7 and BS EN 1063 BR7-), blast protection against 15kg TNT equivalent detonated within close proximity of the vehicle, and substantial under floor grenade protection.

To ensure that the armouring meets the latest national and international standards, the protection offered was certified by QinetiQ, a globally recognised independent blast and ballistic testing organisation.

Engineered Without Compromise:
Just like the other models in the highly-acclaimed XJ range, the Sentinel has been engineered without compromise to deliver sophisticated performance, peerless vehicle dynamics and reassuring levels of active and passive safety.

The Sentinel is based on the long wheelbase XJ saloon powered by the refined and responsive 5.0-litre 385PS AJ-V8 Gen III naturally aspirated direct-injection V8 petrol engine, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

This powerful and sophisticated powertrain ensures that the XJ Sentinel is capable of swift and agile performance, accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 9.7 seconds and achieving a top speed of 195km/h.

The Sentinel's chassis, which features the advanced Adaptive Dynamics system with continuously variable dampers, has been comprehensively uprated to cope with its increased body weight. Jaguar's dynamics specialists have tuned the suspension and steering to ensure that the armoured model offers the same qualities of poise and agility found in the standard XJ.

Impressive stopping power is provided by a new high performance braking system which has been sourced from the formidable 510PS Supercharged non-armoured XJ model, while active safety is further improved by the XJ's full array of advanced traction and stability systems.

To enhance passive safety, the Sentinel retains full functionality of the standard XJ restraint system, including dual-stage driver and front passenger airbags, side thorax airbags and side curtain airbags.

Total Luxury and Real-World Usability:
The comprehensive occupant protection offered by the XJ Sentinel has not been achieved at the expense of comfort or practicality. Jaguar engineers have ensured that the armoured model retains the supreme luxury and real-world usability which are core features of the standard car.

The design of the armoured inner cell has been optimised to maintain the extremely spacious interior package of the long wheelbase XJ, which provides rear seat passengers with a full metre of legroom.

With its elegant and contemporary style, the cabin surrounds occupants with beautifully-crafted leather and veneer surfaces, creating a supremely relaxing, comfortable and luxurious environment.

A generous 500kg payload – maximised by the XJ's lightweight aluminium body structure – means that the Sentinel is comfortably able to accommodate four occupants along with their luggage and additional security equipment.

This day-to-day practicality provides government organisations, security forces, businesses or high net worth individuals with a discreet yet highly desirable form of armoured transportation.

Complete Support Package:
XJ Sentinel customers benefit from a comprehensive support programme, both before and after purchase.

A dedicated security consultant works closely with the customer during the sales process, to ensure their full requirements are met. A wide range of specialised optional security and vehicle features are available and can be tailored to meet individual requirements.

Once the vehicle is in service, the customer has access to a full support package including driver training and on-site servicing from dedicated specialists when required.

The XJ Sentinel has been carefully developed to allow regular servicing and repair to be carried out at Jaguar dealers, using standard diagnostic equipment, and is covered by a full three-year 50,000 mile factory warranty.

XJ Sentinel Specifications:

ENGINE
5.0-litre V8 Petrol AJ-V8 GEN III
Maximum power, EEC-PS(kW): 385 (283)
Maximum torque, EEC-Nm (lb ft): 515 (380)
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

PERFORMANCE
Acceleration, 0-100km/h: 9.7 sec
Top Speed, km/h: 195

WEIGHT
Weight, kg: 3,300
Gross vehicle weight, kg: 3,800

DRIVING DYNAMICS
Up-rated suspension with active dampers front and rear.
Jaguar High Performance Braking System.
Strengthened 19" Aleutian Alloy Wheels with 245/45 19" Dunlop Self Supporting Technology®.
Run on Flat tyres (RoF).

PERSONALISATION
An extensive range of exterior paint colours, interior colours themes and optional equipment is available.

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