2009 BMW 7-Series High Security

Joshua Duval
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BMW is following the release of its new-for-2009 7-Series with the release of two armored versions of its range-topping luxury sedans, the 750Li High Security and the 760Li High Security.

BMW says the armored versions of its sedan were developed at the same time as the consumer models, with specialized chassis and suspension components worked into the design to accommodate the extra weight of the vehicle's steel-plated cabin.

In the passenger compartment, the roof, doors, pillars, front footwells, and separation wall between the passenger and luggage compartment are armor-plated. A model-specific gap sealing ensures the door cuts and body joint lines are safely sealed as well. Underneath, the vehicle is armored with special plating designed to provide maximum protection from explosions. The window panes are also covered with a multi-layer laminated glass cover, along with a polycarbonate layer on the inside to prevent them from shattering.

The models come with their own set of optional equipment. An intercom system with concealed microphones and speakers can be installed to allow occupants to communicate with people outside the vehicle without opening the doors or windows. A fire suppression system monitors the engine compartment and the area below the vehicle, dousing both areas if necessary. A gas irritant detection systemcan automatically close all windows, stop the ventilation system and close the fresh air valves, and activate an internal fresh-air supply system.

For government use, BMW provides options such as flag holders, a center console that accommodates two machine guns, an external roof-mounted beacon with LED flashing lights for the front grille, and an acoustic signaling system.

All High Security 7-Series models are built in-house by BMW, and are available through BMW dealerships. Both models meet VR7 and VR9 ballistic protection levels.

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