BMW is well known for dynamic and premium driving pleasure, but how many of you know that BMW cars also fulfill international safety standards? BMW also develops very special vehicles, which may save lives in a complete different way.
In 2008, BMW announced their latest gimmick- a custom made X5 with protection against criminal attacks or other dangerous situations. The model was named BMW X5 Security. The car has been armored by the factory to protect its passengers against firearms, ranging from .44 and .357 Magnums, to 9mm Luger. The X5 comes with a
VR4 safety class, a high-level of protection according to European standards.
Last year, BMW continue to introduce Security vehicles in their fleet and the X5 received an upgrade: Security Plus. The vehicle now complies with the requirements of bullet resistance class 6. For those of you not familiar with these standards, the BMW X5 Security Plus will stand between an AK-47 and its passengers.
Same as the previous model, the windows are upgraded to laminated 22-mm thick security glass and the car makes use of high-performance steel molded components and panels. The body features sealed joints providing support between doors and frames as well as between side panels and pillars.
An intercom system and around the car camera system can assist the passengers in extreme cases when stranded inside the car.
The last model to join the Security line-up was the all new F01/F02 BMW 7 Series. Both the BMW 760Li High Security and the BMW 750Li High Security are the first models in the world to be certified to BRV 2009 and both vehicles meet the requirements of the new ballistic protection level VR7. Due to their highly effective protective armour, the non-transparent body areas of the BMW 760Li High Security and the BMW 750Li High Security meet the requirements of the ballistic protection level VR9.
To bring more awareness to these type of vehicles, BMW released a new video on Youtube.