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British PM's British made car in danger of being swapped out for a German alternative due to lack of demand and COVID

Sam Dickerson

11 Jan 2021

Metropolitan Police reportedly weighing up change of marque, would be a break in ministerial car tradition.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's car is in grave danger of being swapped for a German alternative due to the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.


The report states that the British PM's Jaguar - made in Birmingham, UK - may be replaced by a German BMW or Mercedes.


If so, it would be the first time since the days of Margaret Thatcher - who opted for a Jaguar owned Daimler - that the PM hasn't had a Jaguar.


The report explains that the Metropolitan Police, who are responsible for the Prime Minister's vehicle, is due to replace the fleet of Jaguar XJ Sentinels but cannot replace them like-for-like, after production ground to a halt due to a lack of demand during the pandemic.


The ministerial Sentinels, costing an estimated £300,000 to manufacture, feature a raft of heavy-duty security features such as an explosive resistant steel plate underneath the body, titanium and Kevlar lined cabins, armoured windows with bullet-resistant polycarbonate toughened glass and run-flat tyres. They also boast a 5.0-litre supercharged petrol engine with a top speed of 185mph.


The fleet is also equipped with an independent, self-contained oxygen supply, to protect the Prime Minister and other passengers against chemical or biological attack. The cars are driven by officers from the Metropolitan Police Royalty and Specialist Protection branch who are highly-skilled in protection convoy, anti-hijack and evasive driving skills.


Johnson also has access to a fleet of armoured Range Rovers, and according to a Telegraph source, prefers them to the Jaguars as they are roomier.

Sam Dickerson

11 Jan 2021