• Aug 15, 2008


Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2009 BMW X5 Security

If you happen to be the Head of State of a controversial nation, have a lot of enemies, or you are just plain paranoid, BMW's latest X5 variation may appeal to you. It's called the BMW X5 Security, and it has been armored by the factory to protect its occupants against some serious firepower (BMW claims safety class "VR4" to resist the penetration from a .44 Magnum, .357 Magnum, or a nine-millimeter Luger). While BMW is understandably mum about specifics, we do know that the body panels (including the roof and trunk) have been reinforced with a ballistic-resistant armored fiber developed in the Netherlands. The windows are upgraded to laminated 22-mm thick security glass, and a camera system with intercom keeps the passengers informed of what's happening outside their isolated cocoon. To handle the extra mass (you know its packing some weight) the Security package is bundled to the X5 4.8i model with its 4.8-liter 350-hp V-8. Nearly indistinguishable from the regular model, BMW has reportedly attempted to maintain the X5's driving dynamics with upgraded suspension and brakes. It's apparently no slouch, but we have yet to see any armored car that is considered exceptionally nimble.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn it...I live in South Ossetia...let me know when they bump it up to 50 cal.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was about to buy it, but I really need that second cupholder. After all, I live in North America.

      http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2009-bmw-x5-security/979313/
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is all fine but what I really want to see is a Smart Fortwo "Security" edition. Now THAT would be hilarious.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the top is armored.... watching too much "Wanted"?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, cuz we know every just stands on the ground to shoot at you.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I read last year that all "bulletproof" glass is defeatable with a close triangle pattern of bullets. I would expect this truck is no different.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bulletproof glass is only bulletproof for a small number of shots. And the closer you can group them, the smaller the area.

        In short, it's really not meant to stand up from close range, you're supposed to speed off after the first shot hits. Same with banks, the teller isn't supposed to stand behind the glass and wonder if the next bullet will get through. He/she is supposed to run like hell.

        I don't really believe this thing is significantly resistant to .44 magnum bullets. I sure wouldn't count on it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LS2LS7, do you really think BMW would put a car with such a bold claim and NOT make sure it works?

        Is it your nature to doubt everything on this planet? LOL Anyways, I once saw a awesome documentary of "security" cars from Audi, Benz, BMW and they survived rocket explosions from a few feet away, unscathed...

        Awesome cars for an evil dictator like me :D Mouhahaha!
        • 6 Years Ago
        dont think of it as bulletproof, think of it as bullet-resistant
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you can put three bullets in a close triangle, then a fourth in the middle of that, then whoever the dumba$$ is that you were shooting at DESERVES to get shot. He should have driven off after the first few shots...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was hoping for a VIDEO: in the title. Bulletproof is nothing new of course, but something in me wants to watch a luxury SUV being shot at.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There is a bullet proof laminate glass out there than can defeat 7.62 NATO at 50 yrds..can't think of the name off hand, but I saw the test video. I think it was experimental. A 24" square panel also soaked up 30 rounds of 124 gr NATO 9mm from an MP5 with zero penetration.

      Give me a Gen II Hummer up-armored or hell, I'll just drive an M113A3..they are fun!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      So is this the "Detroit"or "Oakland" edition?
      • 6 Years Ago
      i want to see video proof
      • 6 Years Ago
      What do you think the "Airbag Off" switch is used for in the extra set of security buttons?
        • 6 Years Ago
        When you're trying to ram through a roadblock, you don't want the airbags going off
      • 6 Years Ago
      3/4 Ton Suburban w/ an 8.1L Vortec. The ONLY armored SUV I would ever consider.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw that they sell protection model cars to civilians in Brazil and other 3rd world countries where kidnappings and gun fights in the streets were common.

      Tell ya what.

      If my neighborhood ever got so bad that I needed a bulletproof car for peace of mind...i'd save the money instead of buying this and MOVE THE F**K OUT.
        • 6 Years Ago
        seanross-

        ROFL
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'll take the S600 guard with B7/B7 protection. Withstands mines, rockets, and anything else Robert Mugabe could throw at you. Plus it's got air conditioned seats. That's the win-win.
        • 6 Years Ago
        But what if they shoot at you in your regular car while on the way to deposit the money that your saving to move out?
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