Our sister online magazine BimmerToday.de published a review of the BMW 750LiS High Security. BMW 7 Series High Security is one of these vehicles that very few people have the privilege to drive or even test drive them, and the latest 750LiS makes no exception.
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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.
The security concept was developed parallel to the production model and the integration of safety components is an integral part of the vehicle production process at BMW’s Dingolfing plant.
Specific chassis components are perfectly adapted to the increase in weight due to the sedans’ armour plating. Hence, reinforced suspension, dampers and suspension strut top mountings are part of the model-specific component range. This approach ensures finely-tuned vehicle performance characteristics that cannot be achieved by retrofitted armor plating.
Reinforced vehicle-specific armour plating made from special steel as well as newly developed safety glazing protect the passenger compartment in particular from attacks of all kinds. The passenger compartment is protected by armour plating of the doors, the roof, the pillars, the front footwell and the separation wall between passenger and luggage compartments. The steel panels, which were manufactured by means of a special technique, fit the body contours perfectly.
But how does a car that weighs 3,450 kg handles itself on the track?
As Reinhard of BimmerToday points out, normally, no one has an opportunity to get closer to such a vehicle, something that we have experienced ourselves at the Geneva Motor Show where the car sat behind closed doors and available only to VIP or more than interested customers.
At a first glance, the 7 High Security looks like any other production model to the regular viewer, but getting close to the car, one could see the thick panels dressing up the car.
Inside, a large panel fitted below the climate control allows operate the special functions that come standard in this vehicle: intercom system, panic alarm or fire extinguishers. The own air supply can be activated with the touch of a button.
In the center console storage compartment lays a holder for two MP5 machine guns.
The 4.4-liter V8 delivers 407 hp and accelerates to 100 km/h (62mph) in 7.1 seconds.
Despite the increase weight, around 400 kg, the 7 Series feels lighter than it is. The V8 pulls strongly and accelerates the heavy vehicle with ease. On the highway, the car runs comfortably at full speed. From here it gets somewhat problematic: the untrained driver of a such a vehicle could face some challenges as far as safety.
Already at the first intersection, you realize the mass forces the car creates. Here is where driving slowly and scanning the road ahead plays an important role. Rapid maneuvers are intended for trained professional drivers that could better handle dangerous situations.
From the inside, the car inspires safety and security, and an feeling of protection from the outside surroundings can be felt.
The BMW 7 Series High Security models are known for keeping a high value even after years have passed. Used armored vehicles of the E32 or E38 generations are still trading high.
Also, the maintenance factor cannot be underestimated, the custom and expensive technical equipment needs regular care.
One consolation is the collectible factory brochure that comes in a 3 kg metal box and only buyers will receive one.