New Land Rover Absolutely Bulletproof

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
new land rover absolutely bulletproof

Do you live in a challenging neighborhood, like, say, Afghanistan, Sudan, Downtown Detroit, or St. Louis? Then you’ll like Land Rover’s latest offering: The new Discovery 4 Armored, a car impervious to road rage of all kinds.

Well, it’s actually the old Discovery, or LR4 as it is called in North America, but this one “enables occupants to travel across challenging terrains in confidence and safety,” says John Graham, Commercial Manager Armored Programs, Land Rover.

The car was designed in cooperation with Centigon, a division of the Belgian Carat Duchatelet group, which specializes in armored vehicles of all types. Looking from the outside deceptively like a LR4, the car comes with ballistic steel armor plating and stops bullets before they kill you. 30 pounds of TNT detonated nearby? This car will shrug it off. A couple of hand grenades tossed under the car? It will ignore them.

There is one golden rule in the personal protection business: Absence of body is better than presence of mind. A 375hp 5.0-litre LR-V8 direct-injection gasoline engine, combined with a six-speed automatic transmission can swiftly extract the car from iffy situations. Despite impressive (but undisclosed) heft, that strongbox on wheel accelerates from 0 to 60 in 10.6 seconds. One push of the pedal, and Osama will eat dust.

Covert lights and siren, flashing headlamps, and an under-hood fire suppressant system can be had as added extras. According to auto123, “interior appointments still include premium leather upholstery on the seats and sumptuous real wood veneers.”

We will try to obtain a press car to be tested under realistic conditions.

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  • Bertel Schmitt Bertel Schmitt on Jan 02, 2011

    Too bad Gaddafi renounced terrorism.Otherwise, that Ukrainian nurse would get the role ...

  • Daviel Daviel on Jan 02, 2011

    Needs a bigger engine - 10.6 is too slow. It needs the armor that handles RPGs.

  • Kkt Kkt on Jan 03, 2011
    When was the last time a Bond Car lasted more than 10 miles without being sawn in half, burned, blown up, or rolled 50 times? There’s always this big deal with Bond cars, but he never actually drives the damn things! Well, in Goldfinger he drove the gorgeous Aston Martin from England to Switzerland before it got smashed. That's not too bad a road trip.

  • JGlanton JGlanton on Jan 03, 2011

    Afghan, Sudan, Detroit... baaaah. How about Ciudad Juarez? Is that truck strong enough for Mexico, where more people are killed every year than Aghanistan? That should be the new proving grounds for vehicles like this.