BMW has added another model to its armored ‘Security’ division with the announcement today of the all-new 2010 7-Series High Security. The beefed up limo comes in two different flavors, with the V8 750Li and V12 760Li on offer, and both are the first models in the world to be certified to BRV 2009 as well as meeting the requirements of the new ballistic protection level VR7 and VR9 standards.
Based on the regular 7-Series luxury sedan, the High Security models are fitted with specific chassis components that are adapted to the increase in weight due to their armor plating. Hence, reinforced suspension, dampers and suspension strut top mountings are part of the model-specific component range.
Reinforced vehicle-specific armor plating made from special steel as well as newly developed safety glazing protects the passenger compartment in particular from attacks. The passenger compartment is protected by armor plating of the doors, the roof, the pillars, the front footwell and the separation
wall between passenger and luggage compartments.
The sedans’ undercarriage is also armored by special plating that was developed with a particular focus on maximum explosion protection. Another new development is the sedans’ 2.4 inch safety glazing.
Both models have an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph, while the 750Li is capable of accelerating from rest to 62 mph in 7.9 seconds and the 760Li in as little as 6.2 seconds.
Just like the range of comfort features, the security package for the 7-Series High Security model can be fully optioned. An intercom system with concealed microphones and speakers allows communication with people outside of the vehicle without the need to open doors or windows. Additional safety options include an assault alarm, fire extinguishing system with temperature sensor for extinguishing fires in the engine compartment and below the vehicle as well as irritant gas sensors for protecting passengers from gas attacks. If the interior protection system is triggered by excess gas levels, all windows are closed automatically, the central locking system is activated, the fresh air valves are closed and the ventilation system is shut off.
BMW also offers special options for authorities, governments and embassies. The package provides a range of special features such as flag holders, arrangements for radio installations right through to a gun case with compartments for two machine guns in the center console. Also included is an external beacon with a roof installation system and integrated LED flashing lights for the front grille.
All Security models are built completely in-house at BMW and are available directly through the automaker’s dealerships. The vehicles are targeted primarily at buyers concerned about carjacking and kidnapping, especially in parts of Latin America, South-East Asia, Africa and the Middle-East.
In order to accommodate this exclusive circle of customers, BMW provides discreet consultancy and personalized sales and service support all over the world. Furthermore, the security models are serviced by certified special garages only. Access to the vehicles is restricted to very few selected and specially trained personnel.____________________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.