With his drive in the Land Rover Range Rover HSE on Independence Day, the luxury car becomes the latest addition to PM Narendra Modi’s armoured motorcade. Ditching his regular BMW 7-series sedan, Modi surprised the crowd when he arrived at the Red Fort to give his speech in an all-black Range Rover SUV.
Ever since he took over in 2014, PM Modi has been using the armoured BMW 7-series as his official car for stately meetings and day-today travel to work. That said, reports suggest that Modi was set to use the Beemer to reach Red Fort for his speech, but the car was changed at the last moment. In fact PM’s BMW was right up until the dummy run on 13th August. Whether the car was changed for security concerns or for something else, we’re yet to find out.
The SUV is a 2010 Range Rover HSE which packs a 5.0-litre, and a V8 engine. It is capable of producing 375 BHP of power and 508 Nm of peak torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The SUV gets a top speed of 218 Kmph, while the car also come equipped with a state-of-the-art 4×4 drive-train system.
Compliant with a VR7 grade of ballistic protection, the SUV’s cabin becomes a gas-safe chamber in case of a gas attack, while the car also gets a back-up oxygen tank for added safety. The armoured vehicle is said to be equipped with self-sealing fuel tank, fire-fighting system, thick bullet-proof windows and armour plates on the under body to withstand mines and bombs as well as run flat tyres.
The luxury car is manufactured by Jaguar Land Rover, which is now owned by Indian auto major, Tata Motors. The Special Protection Group (SPG), which is entrusted with the PM’s security, decides the maker of the vehicle to be used. There are multiple bulletproof vehicles, which form a part of the PM’s motorcade.
Besides Mr. Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul and Priyanka, as well as former PM Manmohan Singh have SPG cover.