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      11-06-2013, 12:53 AM   #1
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Secure protection for occupants, on and off road: Armoured BMW X5 provides superior security.

The BMW Concept X5 Security Plus is the only vehicle in this class which fulfills the requirements of protection level VR6. Offering all-round protection against violent assault, kidnapping and organised crime, this model therefore meets the needs of risk-exposed private individuals and prominent public figures with enhanced security needs. Particularly in regions like South America, Africa or Russia, these are often important customer considerations. BMW has also developed a further version, the BMW X5 Security, which meets the requirements of protection level VR4 and provides reliable protection against general street crime. Both the BMW X5 Security and the BMW Concept X5 Security Plus combine effective occupant protection and generous comfort with the dynamic performance, agility and versatility typical of the BMW X models.

Built around an armoured passenger cell. The BMW Concept X5 Security Plus protection concept is based on an armoured passenger cell constructed from high-performance steel mouldings and panels and offering secure protection for up to four occupants against assault from the world’s most popular firearm, the AK-47. To prevent bullet or fragment penetration it features sealed joints which provide protection specifically, for example, in the critical areas around doors or where panels adjoin body pillars. The security glass specially developed for this protection level is also resistant to attack by blunt weapons. The polycarbonate coating on the inside of the glass provides effective protection against flying splinters. Thanks to its excellent driveability – not least due to the superior performance of the powerful 330 kW/450 hp V8 petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and the intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system – the BMW Concept X5 Security Plus can be manoeuvred safely even in difficult situations, both on and off surfaced roads.

Integrated security features for maximum protection. As with all BMW Security models, the preparations for fitting the security-specific components and technologies of the BMW Concept X5 Security Plus were integrated from the outset in the development of the regular BMW X5 production model. As a result, the integrated system takes into account all active and passive safety criteria and offers maximum protection. At the same time the chassis, electronic management systems and brake system have been optimally adapted to the increased vehicle weight. The performance of these models is therefore virtually on a par with a regular BMW X5 model.

In addition, all BMW Security models are subjected to strict tests and internal proving which in some cases go far beyond statutory testing requirements. Hot-climate and cold-climate testing, for example, ensures the reliability and operational capability of BMW Security models even under extreme conditions. The extensive security concept also includes training programmes to instruct drivers in the correct handling and operation of Security vehicles.

Security discreetly integrated ex-works. The Security models based on the new BMW X5 are built in parallel with the regular production models at the BMW Spartanburg plant in the USA. The special security features themselves are installed by a highly skilled specialist workforce at the Toluca plant in Mexico. Unlike retrofitted armouring, which can still leave chinks in the protection, or can put excess strain on certain components due to the extra weight, the integrated factory-fitted BMW security features provide seamless protection and exclude the risk of potential weak links. A further bonus of BMW Security models is the discreet integration of their security features. Even to an expert eye, the BMW Concept X5 Security Plus is virtually indistinguishable from a regular production model – because anonymity too can be a useful security feature.

Uncompromising protection and comfort. The BMW Concept X5 Security Plus is equally at home handling everyday driving situations and in situations which call for enhanced protection and nimble reactions. And despite the additional components designed to keep its occupants safe and sound, the BMW Concept X5 Security Plus offers the same comfort and convenience familiar from regular BMW models. Ergonomic design, spaciousness and choice of optional equipment leave nothing to be desired. The Intelligent Emergency Call system is standard, while almost the entire BMW ConnectedDrive portfolio, with its extensive communication and information features and wide range of driver assistance systems, is optionally available.

Customised security solutions. Up front, BMW offers prospective customers discreet and confidential advice from highly competent experts, while the international BMW service network provides personalised support and dependable parts supplies. BMW can also offer unique security specification features which are tailored to the particular personal risk scenarios customers face and precisely meet these individual needs. BMW Security models can, for example, be supplied with LED strobe lights in the radiator grille, roof beacons with a siren system or an auxiliary battery. With this level of flexibility, BMW is able to provide highly customised solutions to meet special requirements, which also means a continuous expansion of the range of security systems and technologies offered.

More than 30 years’ experience of security vehicles. The design of the BMW Concept X5 Security Plus is based on more than 30 years of experience in the field. That is how long BMW has been developing special Security models designed to offer enhanced and highest-level protection against violent crime and its consequences. Few if any other carmakers in the world can draw on anything like BMW’s extensive range of expertise. With its long experience, its state-of-the-art technologies and high-tech materials, and its innovative engineering capabilities, BMW is ideally equipped to manufacture Security models like the BMW Concept X5 Security Plus, which offer maximum protection for all vehicle occupants in dangerous situations.


Here is the official BMW website for BMW Security vehicles: http://www.bmw-security-vehicles.com.../en/index.html.


And in case you haven't seen this before, an overview of BMW Security Vehicles.




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Interesting.... A scene in the video includes the vehicle driving by the Das Museum The Kennedys. The video location is Berlin/ Germany and the museum is in Berlin.
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Nice.

Sometimes the Security models are shown with different E codes, anyone able to shed more light on this?
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Amaznig!

i've seen our King in Jordan procession and they have 5 or 6 Armored BMW X5's all the same color and licence plate. They look just amazing
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It cracks me up that a AK47 is somehow used as some sort of gold standard. It's a relatively crappy gun and round.
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It cracks me up that a AK47 is somehow used as some sort of gold standard. It's a relatively crappy gun and round.
What are you, gun specialist?


It's a gold standard for a reason
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It cracks me up that a AK47 is somehow used as some sort of gold standard. It's a relatively crappy gun and round.
I think the article mentions it because it's one of the more likely weapons to be encountered. The ballistic standards that the car meets doesn't specifically mention the AK47 as far as I've seen.

BR6: Rifle, 7.62mm x 51mm FJ/PB/SC rounds, mass: 9.5g, fired from 10m @ 830 metres per second, 3 strikes within 120mm radius. (impact energy 3290J ?)

No idea where an AK fits with that, but I'm guessing the standard is set higher.

Press release doesn't say much about resistance to explosives though.

edit: according to wiki, the AK-47 will fire either smaller, lighter or slower rounds than this.
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It cracks me up that a AK47 is somehow used as some sort of gold standard. It's a relatively crappy gun and round.
It symbolizes many things historically and socially.
It is important.
Oh and never ever diss AK-47s, they are one of my favorites
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I will take two.

Great to take to the mall this. Christmas, last year was enough to raise concern. Santa is not fucking around.
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It cracks me up that a AK47 is somehow used as some sort of gold standard. It's a relatively crappy gun and round.
In terms of popularity AK 47 is like the VW Beetle of the guns. I guess you don't know what are you talking about. AK 47 is one of the most powerful, reliable and versatile weapon, can mount under-barrel grenade launchers not to mention 60 year later is still one powerful contender in the top list.
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It cracks me up that a AK47 is somehow used as some sort of gold standard. It's a relatively crappy gun and round.
It's not a gold standard, but it is by far the most likely weapon u are going to come up against in many parts of the world where you would want this vehicle to begin with (although a bmw in many places would stand out like a sore thumb but that's another issue haha)
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It cracks me up that a AK47 is somehow used as some sort of gold standard. It's a relatively crappy gun and round.
I don't think they're saying that it's some kind of super powerful weapon, just that if you need an armored car, you're very likely to be shot at by an AK-47.

The AK-47 is one of the most prolific weapons on the planet. Estimates are that there have been close to 100 million of them produced. Ever notice what the "bad guys" are always carrying in the videos of far away, scary places? It's usually an AK-47, or some variant/derivative of the Kalashnikov design: AKM, AK-74, RPK, etc.
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It cracks me up that a AK47 is somehow used as some sort of gold standard. It's a relatively crappy gun and round.
The AK-47 is a weapon that can cause much damage as a young Marine I had the unfourtunate oppourtunity to see what it could do when my fellow MArine Lcpl was killed by one of these weapons in Panama during Operation Just Cause. The M-16 has a NATO round which is 5.56 mm ball round. Very destructive, but the AK-47 is a 7.62 MM round. The same thing that is in the M60 sub machine gun that you see in the movies. If this car can stop an AK-47 round...then anything under that has no chance of doing any damage to you family and friends....and since most criminals don't carry anything that big..yes it's is the gold standard to judge by. But isn't horrid that we live in a world that such autos need to be even built...think about that.
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Does anyone have idea how does it perform against 0.50 cal sniper round (cos that would be my choice to tackle an armoured car)? On the side note I always had an easy time figuring out when the bmw is armoured by the 'keyholes' in the front part of the vehicle.
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It is by far the most widely used gun around the world. Virtually any terrorist cell or violent sect is going to have one. As a Marine with multiple combat tours, I can tell you firsthand that the AK47/AK74 are by far the most commonly encountered firearms. And incidentally, I was hit with a round from one in the right knee, and it did plenty of damage...
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what color blue is that? is that available on a regular X5, individual?
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There is also a BMW customized.
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