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BMW's armoured limousine: bulletproof i7 given top vehicle resistance rating

By Mathilda Bartholomew | March 25, 2024

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Engineered to the highest ballistic standards, these armoured vehicles are designed to withstand repeated rounds from sniper rifles and various explosive devices, including grenades and bombs

BMW's armoured limousine: bulletproof i7 given top vehicle resistance rating

In the world of security, precision matters. Just as a skilled marksman wields the Dragunov OTs-03 SVU with deadly accuracy, BMW's latest armoured limousines, the electric i7 xDrive60 Protection and its petrol-powered sibling, the 760i xDrive Protection, offer certified defence against some of the most feared weapons.

Engineered to the highest ballistic standards, these armoured vehicles are designed to withstand repeated rounds from the 7.62x54mm sniper rifle and various explosive devices, including grenades and bombs. Their secret lies in the Protective Core—a self-supporting structure crafted from advanced armoured steel and exotic materials. Paired with reinforced body shells and multi-layer glass, these vehicles achieve the coveted VPAM VR10 rating for ballistic and blast protection.

The VR10 rating signifies the pinnacle of vehicle resistance, a testament to BMW's commitment to security. Each door weighs up to 200kg, fortified with special hinges and electrohydraulic mechanisms for added strength. Pyrotechnic elements ensure quick escape in emergencies, while special seals and armoured firewalls protect against gas attacks.

The armoured i7 marks a milestone as the first electric vehicle to achieve VR10 status. Integrated into the development process, its protection is seamlessly integrated without compromising performance. Even the battery receives reinforcement, ensuring safety without sacrificing range.

BMW's focus isn't solely on defence; agility is paramount. The armoured vehicles maintain the dynamic qualities of their standard counterparts, allowing for swift and safe manoeuvring in dangerous situations.

From reinforced underbodies to self-healing fuel tanks, BMW's armoured vehicles leave no stone unturned in their pursuit of safety. Visual differentiators are minimal, ensuring these vehicles closely resemble their standard counterparts while providing maximum security.

BMW's armoured limousines represent the pinnacle of automotive security innovation. Combining precision engineering with unparalleled protection features, these vehicles offer peace of mind without compromising performance. Whether cruising on the motorway or navigating urban streets, the i7 and 760i Protection models are ready to face any threat head-on.

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