BMW Protection vehicles.

For 40 years BMW has set the standard in the design and development of armoured vehicles.

People who bear the greatest responsibilities should be able to rely on certified protection – without having to sacrifice the unique driving experience that only a BMW Protection Vehicle can offer. BMW has been setting new standards in the design and development of armoured vehicles for over 40 years. Our current model continues this tradition in impressive style.

Climb in and settle back, safe in the knowledge that you couldn’t be in a more secure or more relaxing environment. Every Protection Vehicle is custom-built, and every stage of the process is carried out with a craftsman’s attention to detail. The result is a vehicle that meets high standards of ballistic protection, while also fulfilling the most individual of requirements.




The optimal amount of security depends on the individual circumstances of the driver and passengers, where they are located, the challenges they face in their daily routine and the public attention they attract.


How much protection you need depends on your circumstances – where you live and work, what your job involves, and how high your public profile is. BMW is the only manufacturer that takes into account these differing needs and draws on more than 40 years’ experience of building armoured vehicles. 

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Passenger cell

Latest protection technology, made by BMW: Armour that is perfectely
fitted to the standard model’s body shell. Thus the new BMW X5
Protection VR6 is hard to distinguish from a standard model – neither
from the outside nor from the inside. Our aspiration is of the highest
diligence when it comes to overlapping armour in sensitive areas like
 door joints, chinks or at the transitions of doors and windows. The
abbreviation „VR6“ („Vehicle Resistance“), that is part of the model’s
name BMW X5 Protection VR6, represents the resistance class, that
the special protection vehicle is certified with (VPAM BRV 2009 in the
current version). Civil protection vehicles are classified in different
resistance classes, ranging from VR1 to VR10. Additonally, this vehicle
is certified according to the ERV 2010 and PAS 300 guidelines.

Furthermore, the new all-armoured window glass includes the so
called “Post-Blast-Protection” which assures that impact areas remain
safe – especially for secondary attacks. The all-armoured window
panes remain in their position, so that no openings between glass and
body arise. This way we prevent gaps between glass and body shell,
that could be used as further points of attack. On top, the Self-Sealing
Fuel Tank, that reseals itself after damage, and Underbody Armouring
ensure that you’re protected all around.  

Protection level

Experience protection on a new level – with the new BMW X5
Protection VR6. The armouring of the passenger cell is made out of
high-strength steel parts, combined with the armoured boot divider as
standard, it protects against hand- and long guns up to a calibre of
7,62 x 39 mm FeC. Furthermore the joint area is also protected against
a calibre of 7,62 x 39 mm SC. Both calibres are used in the most
popular weapon, the Kalaschnikow AK-47. Moreover, the armoured
passenger cell withstands lateral attacks of 15 kg TNT in 4 m distance.
Additionaly an extended roof protects against explosive devices such
as the DTG5. An external underbody armour, made out of aluminium
and ballistic steel, shields you against shock waves and splinter
effects, coming from an attack with DM51 hand grenades. This
underbody armour can be strengthend with fabrics1 to resist an attack
with a HG85 handgranade.

1 Optional equipment.


All BMW Protection Vehicles are subjected to a comprehensive testing
regime and are officially certified on compliance according to the
internationally recognised ballistic guidelines for ‘Bullet Resistant
Vehicles’ (BRV 2009). So you can be absolutely confident that you are
getting the best possible protection.

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