BMW has announced plans to expand their range of armored vehicles by introducing the new X5 Security Plus. Aimed at business leaders and politicians who are targets for assassins and kidnappers, the new model features a class 6 resistance rating which offers protection against AK-47 assault rifles and less powerful weapons.
In order to successfully defend against these kinds of attacks, BMW has specifically outfitted the X5 Security Plus with high-performance steel moldings and panels, added body joint protection, a fragment resistant polycarbonate coating, splinter resistant technology, and special tires which can be driven up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) at a speed of up to 80 km/h (50 mph) even if they are completely deflated. To deal with this added weight, the company equips the armored X5's with stronger springs and dampers, a high-performance braking system, and a revised chassis control system with active roll stabilization.
The crossover also features an intercom that allows occupants to remain safely in the vehicle while talking to individuals located outside. If a fast getaway is required, the driver can activate the audible and visual alarm system which warns fellow motorists to get out of the way.
Power is provided by BMW's 4.8-liter V8 engine which produces 261 kW (355 hp) and 475 Nm of torque. The X5's performance is seriously hampered by the additional weight of the armoring process as 0-100 km/h takes 8.2 seconds and the top speed is limited to 180 km/h (112 mph).