Last year’s BMW X5 Security Plus Concept has made it to production, and will go on show at the biennial General Police Equipment Exhibition & Conference (GPEC) fair in Europe after making its world debut at the Moscow International Automobile Salon 2014 this week.
The special F15 X5, based on the xDrive50i model, has been built up to VR6 ballistic protection, featuring an armoured passenger cell that provides protection for up to four occupants and can thwart attacks by the world’s most popular firearm, the AK-47.
To prevent bullet or fragment penetration, it features sealed joints, which provide protection in critical areas such as around doors or where panels adjoin body pillars. The car’s security glass is also resistant to attack by blunt weapons. The polycarbonate coating protects the interior from flying splinters.
Run-flat tyres ensure the car can still move in situations where the tyres are shot at or punctured by sharp objects. An intercom system allows vehicle occupants to communicate with persons outside the vehicle, even when all windows and doors are closed. An assault alarm function automatically locks the windows and doors and emits audible and visual alarm signals.
BMW will also showcase other products at GPEC such as a BMW X3, a BMW R 1200 RT and a BMW F 800 GT, all equipped for police usage.