Reinforced saloon can withstand most ballistic attacks
10 August 2009

BMW has launched its new 7-series High Security, designed to transport world leaders and politicians around in safety.

The BMW 7-series High Security can withstand impacts from most common assault weapons, with its chassis reinforcements, reinforced armour plating, and an advanced "safety glazing", which offers extra protection for the windows.

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Other changes include an armoured undercarriage, gap sealing (to prevent bullets/shrapnel from entering the cabin), and multi-layer laminated glass windows.

Inside, it gets an intercom system, an assault alarm, a fire extinguishing system, and an internal air supply system that automatically activates if a gas attack is detected.

High Security models can also be fitted with a centre console-mounted machine gun case, integrated LED flashing lights, an acoustic signalling system, and security radios.

The 7-series High Security is available with either a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 or a 6.0-litre V12. BMW has not announced any pricing.

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