New BMW X5 Pro­tec­tion VR6 ful­fils its re­quire­ments

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WITH the lat­est gen­er­a­tion of the se­cu­rity ve­hi­cle built on the ba­sis of a Sports Ac­tiv­ity Ve­hi­cle (SAV) for the lux­ury class seg­ment, the pre­mium car maker meets the in­creased need for in­di­vid­ual pro­tec­tion and su­pe­ri­or­ity in any sit­u­a­tion.

The new BMW X5 Pro­tec­tion VR6 (com­bined fuel con­sump­tion: 13.0 l/100 km; com­bined CO2e­mis­sions: 298 g/km*) of­fers pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als and per­sons at risk cus­tomised pro­tec­tion against vi­o­lent at­tacks, kid­nap­ping or or­gan­ised crime. This is of­ten a de­ci­sive cri­te­rion, es­pe­cially in re­gions like South Amer­ica, Africa or Rus­sia.

The in­te­gra­tion of se­ries com­po­nents and ad­di­tional safety-re­lated equip­ment of the BMW X5 Pro­tec­tion VR6 into the ve­hi­cle ar­chi­tec­ture was al­ready taken ac­count of dur­ing de­vel­op­ment. Pro­duc­tion is car­ried out ac­cord­ing to the strin­gent pro­duc­tion stan­dards de­fined by the BMW Group. Thus the BMW X5 Pro­tec­tion VR6 com­bines a stan­dard range of in­te­grated pro­tec­tive equip­ment with the driv­ing dy­nam­ics, com­fort and ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy of the BMW X5. This is com­ple­mented by the equally supreme and dis­creet ap­pear­ance of the new se­cu­rity ve­hi­cle, which is al­most iden­ti­cal to the pro­duc­tion model in terms of driv­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics, high-grade in­te­rior and de­sign.

The new BMW X5 Pro­tec­tion VR6 ful­fils the re­quire­ments of re­sis­tance class VR6 in ac­cor­dance with the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised of­fi­cial test cri­te­ria of the VPAM (Prüf­stellen für An­griff­shem­mende Ma­te­ri­alien und Kon­struk­tio­nen; As­so­ci­a­tions of Test­ing In­sti­tutes for At­tack Re­sis­tant Ma­te­ri­als and Con­struc­tions). The of­fi­cial cer­ti­fi­ca­tion was car­ried out ac­cord­ing to the Guidelines for Bul­let Re­sis­tant Ve­hi­cles (BRV 2009), Ex­plo­sive Re­sis­tant Ve­hi­cles (ERV 2010) and PAS 300, which de­fine the bul­let and ex­plo­sive force re­sis­tance of se­cu­rity ve­hi­cles.

The in­te­gra­tion of the pro­tec­tive equip­ment ren­der­ing the new BMW X5 a se­cu­rity ve­hi­cle of the re­sis­tance class VR6 was al­ready taken into ac­count dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the SAV.

In this way, it was pos­si­ble to im­ple­ment a holis­tic safety con­cept com­pris­ing all ar­eas of pas­sive and ac­tive pas­sen­ger pro­tec­tion. The moulded ar­mour-plat­ing com­po­nents and the se­cu­rity glaz­ing were de­vel­oped ex­clu­sively for each model. They blend in har­mo­niously with the over­all ve­hi­cle con­cept in terms of func­tion and de­sign. There­fore, both out­side and inside, the new BMW X5 Pro­tec­tion VR6 is barely dis­tin­guish­able from a con­ven­tional pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cle. The anonymity re­sult­ing from this con­sti­tutes an ad­di­tional safety as­pect.

In con­trast to retro-fit­ted ar­mour­ing, there are also de­ci­sive ad­van­tages with re­spect to the ef­fec­tive­ness of the pro­tec­tive equip­ment and han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics. The holis­tic safety con­cept of the new BMW X5 Pro­tec­tion VR6 makes it pos­si­ble to al­ready iden­tify dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment stage po­ten­tial weak­nesses such as body joints and tran­si­tions be­tween metal and glaz­ing and to in­te­grate ef­fec­tive pro­tec­tive mea­sures. Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in­cludes the com­plete ve­hi­cle and not just the ma­te­ri­als used. This is the only way to make a re­al­is­tic as­sess­ment of the ef­fec­tive­ness of the model-spe­cific pro­tec­tive cell. Like­wise, the sus­pen­sion and brakes on the new BMW X5 Pro­tec­tion VR6 are aligned to the in­creased weight vs. the pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cle in or­der to en­sure hall­mark BMW agility also in crit­i­cal driv­ing sit­u­a­tions.

The in­te­rior of the new BMW X5 Pro­tec­tion VR6 of­fers pas­sen­gers an ex­tremely high level of pro­tec­tion against at­tacks with firearms and/ or ex­plo­sive de­vices. The key el­e­ment of the pro­tec­tive equip­ment is the ar­moured pas­sen­ger com­part­ment of the SAV.

Moulded com­po­nents made from high­strength steel adapt per­fectly to the con­tour of the body within the area of the doors, side frame, roof and front wall. Fur­ther­more, an alu­minium un­der­body splin­ter shield, the like­wise ar­moured lug­gage com­part­ment par­ti­tion and se­cu­rity glaz­ing are all stan­dard and con­trib­ute to­wards a com­pre­hen­sive pro­tec­tion of the in­te­rior. Mul­ti­lay­ered safety glass with a thick­ness of ap­prox. 33 mm for the windscreen, doors and lug­gage com­part­ment par­ti­tion wall also with­stands at­tacks by im­pact weapons and is fit­ted with an in­ter­nal poly­car­bon­ate layer as ad­di­tional splin­ter pro­tec­tion. More­over, pen­e­tra­tion by bul­lets or frag­ments is pre­vented by tightly sealed pro­tec­tion and over­lap­ping amour-plat­ing, e.g. within the sen­si­tive ar­eas of door gaps and body­work joints as well as the tran­si­tions be­tween body pan­els and glaz­ing.

The com­bi­na­tion of amour-plated body­work and se­cu­rity glaz­ing fa­cil­i­tates ef­fec­tive pro­tec­tion against at­tacks by hand­guns and long firearms us­ing am­mu­ni­tion, as used in weapons of the type AK-47, a most com­monly used weapon in the world. Fur­ther­more, the ar­moured pas­sen­ger com­part­ment with­stands lat­eral blasts of up to 15 kilo­grams of TNT from a dis­tance of four me­tres. In­no­va­tive so-called Post Blast Pro­tec­tive Tech­nol­ogy for the se­cu­rity glaz­ing en­sures par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive pro­tec­tion against sec­ondary at­tacks. Even fol­low­ing a blast, all win­dows re­main firmly in po­si­tion, thus elim­i­nat­ing any for­ma­tion of gaps be­tween glaz­ing and body.

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