2011 Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured: official photos, specs and details

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 23, 2010

Land Rover has launched the new Discovery 4 Armoured, boosting its range of factory-supported armoured vehicles. The Discovery 4 Armoured, which replaces the Discovery 3 model, offers the same renowned all-terrain capability and state-of-the-art protection. However, the new model has upgraded features that lead to higher levels of performance, luxury and style.

The Discovery 4 Armoured is powered by a more powerful 5.0-litre LR-V8 petrol engine compared to the older model. It offers improved passive safety with an airbag restraint system for driver and front passenger, and it also features a more luxurious interior with premium leather seats.

The new model offers discreet armouring and a 500kg payload. The five-seater offers a highly versatile, safe and comfortable transportation.

Discovery 4 Armoured comes with a full three-year, 80,000km factory warranty on the base vehicle and armour, along with comprehensive after-sales support from specialized technicians.

To heighten performance further, the Discovery 4 Armoured has received the new 375PS 5.0-litre LR-V8 direct-injection petrol engine to replace the 2.7-litre V6 turbo-diesel used in the old model. This engine and its responsive six-speed automatic transmission enable the vehicle to accelerate from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in just 10.6 seconds.

While it is hard to tell the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured apart from a standard model, this new offering from Land Rover comes with ballistic steel armor and glazing, thereby providing ballistic protection that complies with European standards BS EN1522 level FB6 and BS EN 1063 level BR6, respectively. Land Rover developed the Discovery 4 Armoured in collaboration with Centigon, which specializes in vehicle armoring.

This ballistic steel armor and glazing are strong enough to protect the vehicle from a closely detonated 15kg TNT or equivalent blast power. Moreover, the ballistic steel armor and glazing of the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured provide under floor protection against two DM51 hand grenades. This amount of protection has been certified by QinetiQ, an independent blast and ballistic testing organization.

According to John Graham, Commercial Manager Armoured Programs at Land Rover, instead of relying on testing the individual armor components, the carmaker made sure that the entire Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured is independently certified to B6 standards. Despite the additional weight brought in by the armor, the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured still features optimum ride and handling in any road condition, thanks to the wide-ranging engineering modifications implemented.

Moreover, the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured has an independent air suspension, uprated air springs and retuned dampers and larger diameter anti-roll bars. It also features heavy duty Alcon disc brakes both on the front and rear.

Not only that, the passive Safety Systems in the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured has been greatly enhanced with the installation of driver's steering wheel and passenger fascia dual-stage airbag restraint systems. On the other hand, the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured features a functional and comfortable interior with an elevated driving position and a flexible seating layout that could accommodate five people.

Furthermore, the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured features a 500-kg payload allowance. The cabin is not only functional and comfortable but also convenient and stylish, thanks to its more sophisticated design with flowing surface treatments. Moreover, the interior of the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured now uses premium leather upholstery on the seats as well as real wood veneers.

Press Release

Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured

Land Rover is enhancing its range of factory-supported armoured vehicles with the launch of the powerful new Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured.

Replacing the successful Discovery 3 model, the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured offers the same legendary all-terrain capability and state-of-the-art protection, but features an upgraded specification to deliver superior levels of performance, luxury and style.

Compared to the previous model, the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured offers a more powerful 5.0-litre LR-V8 petrol engine, improved passive safety with an airbag restraint system for driver and front passenger, and a more luxurious interior with premium leather seats.

With discreet armouring and a generous 500kg payload, the new model provides highly versatile, safe and comfortable transportation for five people and their luggage.

Benefiting from Land Rover's extensive experience in the armoured vehicle market, the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured is supplied with a full three-year, 80,000km factory warranty on the base vehicle and armour, along with comprehensive after-sales support from specialised technicians.

"The new Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured offers an outstanding breadth of capability, and enables occupants to travel across challenging terrains in confidence and safety," says John Graham, Commercial Manager Armoured Programs, Land Rover.

"Developed by Land Rover in partnership with global leaders in vehicle security, the Discovery 4 is the ideal choice for government agencies, security organisations and businesses whose employees are exposed to high-risk locations."

Fully certified armouring systems

Although virtually indistinguishable from the standard model, the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured features ballistic steel armour and glazing which provides ballistic protection in accordance with European standards BS EN1522 level FB6 and BS EN 1063 level BR6 respectively.

Developed in partnership with the vehicle armouring specialists Centigon, it also provides blast protection against 15kg TNT (or equivalent) detonated in close proximity to the vehicle and under floor protection against two DM51 hand grenades. The protection offered was certified by QinetiQ®, a globally recognised independent blast and ballistic testing organisation.

"Rather than relying on testing the individual armour components, we have ensured that the entire vehicle is independently certified to B6 standards, so that we can be completely confident of its ballistic integrity," added John Graham.

Comprehensive engineering changes have been made to the base vehicle to ensure that it maintains optimum ride and handling on all surfaces, despite the additional mass of the armour.

The Discovery 4 chassis features independent air suspension, and modifications that include uprated air springs and retuned dampers, larger diameter anti-roll bars, and heavy duty Alcon disc brakes front and rear.

Land Rover engineers have also enhanced the passive Safety Systems in the new Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured, with driver's steering wheel and passenger fascia dual-stage airbag restraint systems.

Enhanced performance on all surfaces

Like the standard vehicle, the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured comes equipped with advanced four-wheel-drive technologies to deliver outstanding all-terrain performance.

This includes full functionality of the latest generation Terrain Response System® - an armoured market class-leading feature, which enables the driver to configure the vehicle to negotiate a variety of surfaces, such as tarmac, ruts, grass, mud, snow or rocks, in the most effective way.

For enhanced performance, the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured is equipped with the new 375PS

5.0-litre LR-V8 direct-injection petrol engine, replacing the 2.7-litre V6 turbo-diesel used in the previous model.

Teamed with a responsive six-speed automatic transmission, this refined and powerful new engine offers significantly faster acceleration, with 0-100km/h (62mph) achieved in just 10.6 seconds.

Comfortable and flexible interior

The interior of the Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured is both functional and extremely comfortable, providing a commanding elevated driving position and a flexible seating layout for up to five people. The practicality of the vehicle is significantly enhanced by the generous 500kg payload allowance.

Passengers will also appreciate the completely redesigned Discovery 4 cabin, which features a more stylish and sophisticated design with smooth and flowing surface treatments.

The quality of the interior materials has been significantly upgraded compared to the previous model, featuring premium leather upholstery on the seats and sumptuous real wood veneers.

Comprehensive support

Land Rover provides armoured vehicle customers with 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. Customers are able to select from an extensive choice of optional security features to provide the desired vehicle configuration.

Once the vehicle is in service, the customer has access to a full driver training programme. An armour specialist can provide optional services which include scheduled maintenance, support and vehicle familiarisation.

Land Rover Discovery 4 Armoured - Detailed Specifications

Base Vehicle Specification
5.0-litre LR-V8 direct-injection petrol engine
Maximum Power (EEC): 375 PS (276 kW)
Maximum Torque (EEC): 510 Nm (376 lb ft)
6-speed automatic transmission
Kerb weight 3550kg (excluding options): 4050kg GVW
Air conditioning
Land Rover Terrain Response® system
Off road capability (deep sand driving not recommended)
Modified suspension system to accommodate increased vehicle mass
378mm brake discs with upgraded Alcon aluminium brake callipers: 6-pot front, 4-pot rear
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System - where licensed
Armour Specification
European Standard BS EN 1522 FB6 and BS EN 1063 BR6 (high velocity assault rifle)
Side blast protection - 15kg device in close proximity to the vehicle
Under floor protection against 2 x DM 51 hand grenades
Heavy duty wheels and run flat tyres - Goodyear Wrangler HP All Weather Tyre
Optional Features
Essential Armour Option Pack
Driver opening window (100mm drop to allow document passing)
Auxiliary secondary battery supply
Anti-tamper exhaust
Intercom
Maintenance Option Pack
Heavy duty spare wheel and run flat tyre - Goodyear Wrangler HP All Weather Tyre
Heavy duty jack and tools
Independent Options
Covert blue lights and siren system (where legal)
Covert headlight flash (LED)
Under bonnet fire suppressant system
Heavy duty jack and tools
Tinted windows
Intercom
Auxiliary secondary battery supply
Anti-tamper exhaust
Driver's opening front window
Rear payload area glass anti-theft film protection
Specialist Service Option
Global After Sales Support is a tailor made package available on request
Driver Training Package
Armoured Vehicle Driver Training is a tailor made package available on request

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