The recently redesigned third-generation BMW X5 gains its toughest version yet in the X5 Security Plus, which boasts all sorts of armor and reinforcements to protect its passengers from assaults and other hazards. BMW even says that this armored X5 can hold up to fire from an AK-47 assault rifle.
To create this extra-tough luxury SUV, BMW starts with a standard X5 and adds extra steel armor reinforcement for the entire structure of the vehicle, especially in body panel joints and other vulnerable areas. The glass is made up of a security laminate with a polycarbonate coating that holds up to some intense fire, as can be seen in the photos of a BMW X5 Security that has been hit with significant bullet fire yet still retains its structural integrity and windows.
Coping with all the extra weight of this extra protection gear is the BMW X5 Security Plus model’s standard turbocharged V-8 engine and xDrive all-wheel drive from the X5 xDrive50i. You’ll be hard-pressed to tell it from a standard X5 at first glance, though, because BMW has taken special measures to ensure that the cabin space and exterior styling are maintained; the only differences to set the armored version apart are some lighting elements on the front of the car.
Although BMW has not yet released pricing or ordering information for the BMW X5 Security Plus, the company does emphasize that this armored model will be key for customers in South America, Africa, and Russia, for example. The armored X5 will likely be available for customers to special order sometime soon, with prices starting much higher than the standard, non-bulletproof X5.