The Moscow Motorshow, which took place last week in Russia’s capital, was the stage for the German manufacturer BMW’s unveiling of its newest armored car. The BMW X5 Security Plus is the dream vehicle for any security-conscious driver; the BMW X5 can even withstand the fire from an AK-47.
At the event, the bullet-proof cars of the world's top auto-makers were displayed. The first out of all the manufactures to produce a vehicle offering protection from an AK-47 assault is BMW. Inside a BMW X5 Security Plus, one is protected from all types of street crimes, whether the vehicle is attacked by a crowbar or shot at by a handgun, according to BMW.
BMW announced, “Officially certified as offering class VR6 ballistic protection, it is the first vehicle specifically designed to protect against the world’s most widely used firearm, the AK-47, while at the same time offering drivers the everyday flexibility they need.”
The car is built with special reinforced steel and shatterproof glass along with an eight-cylinder, turbocharged engine generating 450 horsepower that gives drivers a vehicle packed with the power to get far from danger in seconds. Additional safety features which customers have the option of including are run-flat tires, a self-sealing fuel tank, an attack alarm and an intercom system.
Even with all the extra safety features, this BMW still drives like any other sports utility vehicle created by the company. Although the price is higher; the normal X5 series vehicles start at $56,600, while an X5 Security Plus will likely cost more than double at an estimated $145,000.
The model joins BMW's previous security car that was designed for high-ranking officials and corporate executives, the BMW 7 Series High Security. When Tony Blair was Prime Minister he used a fully armored BMW 7-series, which was nicknamed the “Blair Panzer” after the German word for armor.
A top quality armored Jaguar HJ is the official car David Cameron uses. U.S. President Barack Obama is in the lead with his gargantuan armored Cadillac-style limousine, called ‘The Beast,” which he uses on official visits all around the world.
In the United States, the demand for high security, armored vehicles is on the rise. Many luxury car manufacturers like Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz already have their own ‘in-house’ security arms which build in armoring from scratch.