BMW’s stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year features an armored concept version of the third-gen X5 that is named the Security Plus. BMW said that it’s the lone car in its class that provides protection against organized crime, kidnapping and violent assault and complies with all the VR6 protection level requirements.
BMW developed this vehicle for buyers who value protection. These include customers from Russia, Africa and South America. The armoured version is virtually identical to the regular model. BMW base the armoured X5 to an armored passenger cell built using high-performance steel mouldings and panels that protect as many as four people against an AK-47 attack.
It features specially made security glass that can resist attack coming from blunt weapons. It also has sealed joints that prevent bullet or fragment penetration. It is powered by a V8 TwinPower Turbo engine that develops 450 hp (330 kW) distributed to the xDrive all-wheel drive system.
BMW claims that it optimized the SAV's chassis, braking and electronic management systems to adjust to the heavier car. BMW also produced an X5 Security version that offers VR4 protection, which is aimed at general street crime.