BMW 7-Series High Security Saloons

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Both the BMW 750Li and the 760Li come as 7-Series High Security saloons. BMW released them beginning March 2009 in Munich Germany. These were the first two models in the world to achieve VPAM-BVR 2009/VR7 ballistic certification. This certification is conducted by the infamous Beschussamt Mellrichstadt in Germany where extensive testing to ensure armored security vehicles can withstand ballistic and blast threats.

The process puts the vehicle through live fire tests with over 400 strategically placed shots and a number of live explosive situations.  With the testing using soft core and armor-piercing ammunition, explosives & hand grenades, the BMW engineers have the confidence that the 7-Series High Security saloons can withstand a terrorist attack safely.

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BMW has built authority vehicles for over 50 years. The 7-Series High Security saloons can be equipped to handle any mission in any country. A security vehicle must have the ability to look and act like a regular passenger vehicle, but, it must also have the ability to snap into action when its “show-time” and official business begins saving lives.

BMW’s innovative iDrive control system can also be used to operate security equipment such as warning lights, sirens, a two-way radio, and optional Night Vision with its long distance infra-red technology. It can pick out people on the path ahead in poor visibility or at night at a range of up to 300 meters.

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The cockpit is built around the driver. The console is slightly angled toward the steering wheel. Remember, it is the driver who is at the helm, and it is up to the driver to expedite the safety maneuvers and equipment effectively to save lives. BMW offers special driver training programs specifically designed for the use of security vehicles.

Clients may choose whether the windows open or not. An emergency exit thru the windscreen has been further optimized and is operated at the touch of a switch on the overhead console. Part of the defense for the rear of the vehicle, is an optional self-sealing fuel tank that seals the outer walls after puncture.

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The BMW 7-Series High Security saloons are a rolling fortress for the client that is at risk while travelling in their vehicle.  BMW builds the protection into the car during production as opposed to it being retrofitted. The steel panels made exclusively for this vehicle by a special process fit the body contours perfectly.

Special steel and safety glazing protect the passenger cabin with armor plating to the doors, roof, the pillars, front foot well, and the bulkhead separating the cabin from the trunk. Door gaps and body joint lines are safely sealed. The 2.4” safety glazing is a multi-layered laminate glass cover that provides a unique level of resistance.

The windows are covered with a polycarbonate layer on the inside to prevent glass shards from entering the cabin. The 7-Series High Security saloons wear their suit of armor under the skin, so they blend into the look of the standard production 750Li & 760Li models, therefore, their secret remains undetected.

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The saloon’s under carriage is armor-plated specifically with maximum focus on explosion protection. The floor pan of the 7-Series High Security saloon is fitted with an aramid underlaid steel plate for protection against grenade attacks.

The vehicle’s suspension is strengthened to match original BMW performance. Engine enhancements and modifications to the braking system overcome any loss in power or braking due to the added weight of the armor plating. A temperature sensor under the hood activates fire extinguishers in the engine bay area.

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The 7-Series High Security saloons are equipped with Run-flat tires with a semi-rigid ring (Michelin PAX System) which allows the vehicle to run approximately 31 miles at speeds up to 50 mph even after sudden loss of tire pressure. Standard, are temperature sensors and separate tire pressure monitors.

With the addition of highly effective security equipment, the exclusive character of the car with its luxurious level of comfort combined with the driving dynamics so typical of BMW is virtually retained. It not only hides its armor from sight, it drives and performs like a regular BMW.

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An assault alarm and an intercom system with phone and speakers discretely hidden outside of the vehicle allow communication so no doors or windows need be open.  Should the interior sensors detect a gas attack, all windows close automatically and the central locking system is activated simultaneously.

Fresh air valves and the vehicle’s ventilation system are shut down. An internal system supplies fresh air to ensure passengers have breathable air. Upon request, the vehicle may be fitted with an acoustic signaling system controlled via the iDrive operating system. To accommodate these clients exclusively, BMW provides discreet consultancy and personalized sales & service all over the world.

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BMW High Security saloons are serviced by certified special garages only. Access to vehicle is strictly limited to a few selected and specially trained personnel.  BMW also has special options for authorities, governments, and embassies.  These packages include flag holders, communication systems, and special gun compartments for two machine guns in the center console.  Both the BMW 750Li High Security saloon and the 760Li High Security saloon provide optimum passenger protection in an assault.  This is the ultimate protection, from the “Ultimate Driving Machine”.

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The BMW 7-Series High Security saloons are your “Body Guard” embodied in an automobile.  A rolling fortress with a modified suspension, powerful engines, and the intelligent use of materials help to ensure that at critical moments in theatre, these sophisticated saloons can always rise and meet the challenge with positive results.  These saloons are “lifesavers”……BMW style.

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