Bulletproof BMW X5 Security Plus unveiled

BMW’s new armoured X5, the Security Plus, to debut at Moscow Motor Show later this month

If you’re in the unfortunate position where armed violence is a very real risk on your daily commute, BMW’s new armoured X5 could be the answer.

Due to be unveiled at the Moscow Motor Show later this month, it’s called the X5 Security Plus and is based on the 443bhp twin-turbo V8-powered xDrive50i.

While the 4.4-litre engine and all-wheel drive set-up should provide enough power and traction to escape most tricky situations, BMW has also used all its know-how to improve safety with a string of bespoke add-ons. 

There’s bulletproof armour for a start, and the German manufacturer has also fitted specially designed safety glass, as well as reinforcing the X5’s seams and joints to remove any potential weak spots.

All of which gives the Security Plus a ‘VR6’ ballistic protection rating on the vehicle resistance chart. In the real world, this means the BMW should be able to withstand shrapnel blows from explosives such as hand grenades, and stop projectiles travelling twice the speed of a regular handgun bullet. 

While every effort has been made to keep weight down, these tweaks are certain to have a slight effect on performance, so expect a slight drop off on the xDrive50i’s 4.9 0-62mph time and 29.4mpg (a small price to pay, all things considered).

Further details are scarce at the moment, although it’s understood Security Plus models will be built alongside the standard X5 at BMW’s Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, USA.

Is the BMW X5 Security Plus a bit short on padding for your liking? Why not check out the ‘VR9’-rated Mercedes S-Class S-Guard that debuted earlier this month?

Recommended

BMW X5 xDrive45e: long-term test review
BMW X5 xDrive45e long termer 35
BMW X5

BMW X5 xDrive45e: long-term test review

Final report: BMW is on a Rolls with its large plug-in hybrid X5 xDrive 45e SUV
18 Mar 2021
New BMW X5 M Competition 2021 review
BMW X5

New BMW X5 M Competition 2021 review

The range-topping BMW X5 M Competition SUV turns in an impressive performance – but at a price
6 Jan 2021
BMW X5 review
BMW X5 front
BMW X5

BMW X5 review

The BMW X5 is pushing boundaries in the large SUV class, delivering performance, practicality and tech
7 Dec 2020
BMW X5 and X6 M Competition First Edition models unveiled
BMW X6 front
BMW X5

BMW X5 and X6 M Competition First Edition models unveiled

Production of BMW X5 and X6 M Competition First Edition models will be limited to just 250 units each
20 Oct 2020

Most Popular

Average speed cameras on motorways get approval from drivers
Average speed camera
News

Average speed cameras on motorways get approval from drivers

UK drivers are in favour of average speed cameras on motorways despite the majority admitting to breaking 70mph limit
10 May 2021
Appreciating cars: classic cars that go up in value
Appreciators: Renault 5
Features

Appreciating cars: classic cars that go up in value

Looking to invest in a modern classic? Here are some cars destined to appreciate in value
4 May 2021
Vauxhall Mokka vs Hyundai Kona vs Nissan Juke
Vauxhall Mokka vs Hyundai Kona vs Nissan Juke
Vauxhall Mokka

Vauxhall Mokka vs Hyundai Kona vs Nissan Juke

Can the all-new Vauxhall Mokka make an impact in the small SUV market? We test it against the Hyundai Kona and Nissan Juke to find out
8 May 2021