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The Ultimate Armored Machine: BMW X5 Security Plus Revealed

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/20/2014 Jason Udy

BMW has an in-house solution for customers who demand an off-road capable vehicle who are also concerned with the threat of small arms fire. The German automaker has revealed details of the new armored BMW X5 Security Plus.

The BMW X5 Security Plus features security glass laminate with a polycarbonate coating on the inside to prevent glass fragments from entering the cabin. According to BMW, the security glazing offers protection against blunt objects, handguns, and even rounds from an AK-47. Steel reinforcement around door edges, window frames, and body panel joints also prevent bullets and fragments from entering cabin.

BMW X5 Security© Provided by MotorTrend BMW X5 Security With the security updates providing protection from the AK-47, the BMW X5 Security Plus meets protection level VR6 according to BRV 2009 guidelines. In order to meet the guidelines, hundreds of rounds werefired at a test vehicle to ensure it can provide the necessary protection.

BMW says the raised seating position and driver-focused layout help put drivers at ease during stressful situations. The armored SUV is available in several color, leather, and wood trim options. The suspension has been modified to deal with the added weight from the vehicle armor, while the electronic driver aids has also been updated.

Source: BMW

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