The BMW X5 Security Plus will make its debut in Russia next week
The Security Plus is made in Mexico on a dedicated production line
Inside, the Security Plus differs little from the standard car
BMW says the Security Plus offers VR6 levels of protection
Bespoke switchgear is fitted to this special X5
The Security Plus is based on the V8-powered xDrive50i
The X5 Security Plus offers protection up to VR6 standard - which means it can withstand gunfire from common automatic rifles including the widely-used AK47.
Though BMW has released few details of how it has upgraded the X5, the manufacturer says the car's seam joints and connecting panels have all been upgraded, while toughened safety glass has also been fitted.
Based on the xDrive50i, the X5 Security Plus is powered by a 4.4-litre V8 engine with 449bhp and 479lb ft of torque. The added weight of BMW's security enhancements is sure to push the kerb weight of the X5 up beyond the 2250kg of the standard car. Expect the xDrive50i's 0-62mph sprint time of 4.9 seconds to increase, too.
Inside, the X5 looks much the same as the standard car, though BMW says that the X5's driver aids and suspension systems have been modified, and new switchgear has been fitted to the centre console. The Security Plus will be built alongside other armoured BMW models at a dedicated factory in Mexico.
BMW isn't the only mass-market manufacturer to adding new armoured cars to its range. Earlier this month Mercedes released its S-class Guard edition, which is rated as offering VR9 levels of protection - one of the highest accolades available.
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