When it comes to armored cars we’ve seen everything from Rolls Royce Phantoms to stretched Bentleys, but the latest bullet-proof vehicle to hit the streets is based on the more mundane BMW X5. Dubbed the X5 Security, the latest model is based on the new E70 BMW X5 and fulfills the safety requirements of ballistic level VR4, which means that it can sustain fire from weapons up to the .44 Magnum.

Key elements in its construction are the heavy-duty material and ballistics-resistant steel and 22mm-thick bullet-proof safety glass all around. Other safety features include an intercom system and a camera monitoring set-up. The vehicle’s passenger cell has been designed to protect its occupants from violent crimes such as robbery, kidnapping or carjacking, and it can even sustain a blast from a small explosive.

The X5 Security is built completely in-house at BMW and is available directly through the carmaker’s dealerships. The vehicle still retains its dynamic character, with its powertrain and chassis modified in line with the increased weight.

Power comes from a 4.8L V8 developing 355hp (261kW) and peak torque of 350lb-ft (475Nm) at just 3,400rpm. Despite the added weight of all the reinforcements, the X5 Security can still accelerate from 0-100km/h in a brisk 7.5 seconds. Top speed, however, is limited to just 210km/h. Maximum payload is rated at 500kg (1,100lbs).