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Prime Ministerial Car (United Kingdom)

Armoured Jaguar XJ Sentinel
A black Jaguar XJ Sentinel parked stationary on a cobbled street in front of a white building.
Manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover
Production 2010
Engine 5.0 L 510 PS (375 kW) supercharged AJ Gen III V8 (Petrol)
Transmission 8-speed automatic
Wheelbase 3,157.2 mm (124.30 in)
Length 5,247.6 mm (206.60 in)
Width 2,100 mm (83 in)
Height 1,447.8 mm (57.00 in)
Kerb weight 3,800 kg (8,400 lb)[1]
Predecessor Jaguar XJ (X308)(Gordon Brown)
Jaguar XJ (X300)(Major/Blair)

The Prime Ministerial Car refers to a number of British manufactured vehicles used by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The vehicles currently used are armoured, custom built Jaguar XJ Sentinel supercharged 5.0-litre V8 models.[2][3] Prime Ministerial and ministerial limousines are operated and administered by the Government Cars Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Transport, and stored and maintained at 10 Downing Street. The cars are driven by specially trained UKSF close protection drivers, and are escorted by unmarked Range Rovers and Protection Command officers.

The current model fleet was first seen in use on 13 May 2010 when newly appointed Prime Minister David Cameron arrived at 10 Downing Street.[4]

On 12 August 2011, one of the fleet was damaged when a driver dented the car on a high kerb in Salford, although the car was able to be driven away.[5]

General specifications

Many details are classified, but the current Jaguar models are estimated to have cost up to £300,000. They feature a number of security features, including a 13 mm explosive resistant steel plate underneath the body, titanium- and Kevlar-lined cabins, armoured windows with bulletproof polycarbonate toughened glass, run flat-tyres and 'gun ports' to enable bodyguards to return fire at any attackers. The cars are also equipped with an independent, self-contained oxygen supply to protect the Prime Minister and other passengers against chemical or biological attack.[6] The vehicle can also release tear gas and other crowd dispersants.

The car features state-of-the-art communication and conferencing systems, high definition televisions, night vision, as well as adjustable, heated and cooled rear massage seats, and a Bowers & Wilkins 1200-watt, 20-speaker Dolby 7.1 surround-sound system. The vehicle is B7 level[7] armoured, and is understood to be capable of withstanding the blast of 15 kg equivalent TNT and sustained attack by a variety of other armour-piercing weapons.[2]

The car has a 5.0-litre supercharged petrol engine producing 503 bhp,[8] with a top speed of 121 mph and is capable of reaching 62 mph (100kmh) from stationary in 9.4 seconds, slower than the original given the substantially greater weight of the vehicle.[1]

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