BMW is preparing to launch a new version of its popular X5 SUV, the F15 Security Plus. To the casual observer, nothing is amiss with the X5, but to a firearm-wielding criminal bent on theft or worse, the F15 Security Plus is a rolling safehouse disguised as a BMW .
BMW will officially debut the armored X5 at the upcoming Moscow Auto Show next week, though the original concept made its first appearance in Frankfurt last year. The F15 Security Plus is designed to meet the VR6 protection level, meaning attacks from small arms fire like the AK-47, AR-15, and most hand guns will have no effect on the passenger’s health (well, save for panic or heart attacks).
Ballistic panels and glass aren’t the only modifications BMW has done to the F15. The chassis has been strengthened while the electronic management systems and brakes have been upgraded to deal with the added weight. Power comes from the twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 making 445 horsepower and 480 pound feet of torque.
This isn’t BMW’s first in-house armored vehicle. The German automaker has been producing armored versions of its 7 Series for nearly two decades. Currently BMW is producing the VR7-rated 7 Series rated to protect against more lethal threats like explosives and higher-powered rifles.
BMW will also offer a lighter, VR4-rated X5 SUV for customers looking for basic protection but with minimal changes in vehicle driving dynamics. More details are slated for release once the vehicle debuts in Moscow.
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BMW X5 F15 Security Plus In Detail
The BMW X5 is a popular luxury SUV the world over with no less than three engine options, two- or four-wheel-drive, and a multitude of trim packages. The X5 offers room for five and loads of amenities like dual screens for second row passengers and BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system.
The standard engine is the respectable 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder with BMW’s TwinPower turbocharging system. It makes 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. A 3.0-liter turbo-diesel is also available, and it makes 255 horses and 413 pound-feet of torque. The top-range engine and the one available in the F15 Security Plus X5 is the 4.4-liter V-8. With twin turbochargers spooling up, it makes 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.
Pricing for the X5 starts at $53,725 for the 3.0-liter gasoline version and the V-8 starts out at $69,125. Expect to pay quite a hefty chunk more for the armored version.
Gallery BMW X5 F15 Security Plus
At the Moscow International Automobile Salon (MIAS 2014), BMW will present the latest innovations of its model range and innovative technologies for even greater driving pleasure. Visitors to the exhibition, which opens its doors to the public from August 29 to September 7, 2014 at the Crocus Expo exhibition area (Crocus Expo IEC), will be able to get acquainted with the diversity of the modern model line brands, including new items: the leader segment SAV - Sport Activity Vehicle BMW X3 and coupe for active recreation (SAC - Sports Activity Coupé) BMW X4.
Parallel to this, start the latest chapter in the history of intelligent networking of driver, vehicle and the outside world. At the MIAS 2014 will present new services BMW ConnectedDrive, which can be used via the integrated into the car SIM-card; their range extends from innovative entertainment features to services such as information on the situation on the roads in real-time and predictive emergency call with automatic vehicle location.
New BMW X5 Security Plus, meets the highest requirements in the field of safety of passengers, will also be demonstrated at the booth.
In addition, the BMW Group will present at the 2014 MIAS innovative initiative to improve road safety: Junior Campus Center in Moscow.
New BMW X 3 and BMW X4
BMW X4 - is the fifth BMW X model and at the same time the world’s first sports coupe for active recreation (SAC) in the premium segment of the middle class. His expressive exterior design combines the strength and solidity of a BMW X model with the sporty elegance of the classic coupe BMW. BMW X4 shows a new interpretation of the typical brand vivid sensations of driving.
In comparison with the BMW X3, the driver’s seat and front passenger are located 20 millimeters below; second-row passengers sit lower by 28 millimeters. In addition, the sporting character of BMW X4 is further emphasized by the ruler of powerful engines, as well as the presence of a base set of intellectual-wheel drive system xDrive, which includes the distribution system torque Performance Control, 18-inch alloy wheels and adaptive sports steering. In addition to the sportiness and elegance of the new car is different and more exceptional functionality: split at a ratio of 40: 20: 40 folding rear seat allows you to increase the luggage compartment volume from 500 to 1400 liters; standard equipment for the BMW X4 is also the automatic transmission lid.
The new BMW X3 (fuel consumption on a cycle of EC - from 4.7 to 8.3 liters per 100 kilometers, the level of emissions CO2 - from 124 to 193 g / km) - a radically updated model, which sets new standards in its class. In addition to the modified appearance and LED headlights as an option, the new BMW X3 has received new petrol and diesel engines from 110 kW / 150 hp up to 230 kW / 313 hp In this case, all the engines BMW X3 meet environmental standards "Euro 6".
For the first time in Russia: new services BMW ConnectedDrive
BMW ConnectedDrive also celebrating its premiere in Russia. Using services that are integrated into the car via the phone or Internet connection, networking between driver, vehicle and the outside world goes to a whole new level.
A necessary condition for the use of these services - integrated into the car SIM-card, which in connection with the introduction of the service "Intelligent emergency call" in the summer of 2014 is standard on all models from BMW (with the exception of BMW X1 and the BMW Z4). The central element of the system is set to "Services ConnectedDrive», the presence of which can be ordered other innovative services BMW ConnectedDrive. Among them: BMW - Online, own internet portal BMW with access to services such as news, weather, online search and other functions. BMW ConnectedDrive also includes interface BMW Apps (Applications BMW). It allows you to connect a smartphone app BMW Connected App.
Another service in the framework of BMW ConnectedDrive is a system of information on road traffic in real time (Real Time Traffic Information, RTTI). If the vehicle is equipped with the navigation system Professional, a driver using RTTI system gets accurate data on traffic conditions, road works carried out, accidents and other events that affect the speed, which indicated to him on a special map. In addition to the visualization of the picture tubes, the system calculates and indicates the fastest route to your destination. In addition, a new range of BMW ConnectedDrive options include service Concierge service, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the remote control function Remote Services. All functions of BMW ConnectedDrive can be easily and conveniently operated via the iDrive.
Optimal protection in any situation: the new BMW X 5 Security Plus
Throughout the years, BMW meets the needs of clients in personal protection, offering armored cars of its own design and production. The novelty in this part of the model program, which is demonstrated on the MIAS Motor Show 2014 - BMW X5 Security Plus. The model developed on the basis of a sports car for recreation (SAV - Sports Activity Vehicle) BMW X5, corresponds to protection class VR6. Thus, the new BMW X5 Security Plus offers customers with high demands on the personal safety of a comprehensive system of protection against attacks.
The safety concept of the new BMW X5 Security Plus is the result of a solid luggage "know-how" gained by BMW for more than thirty years. This, among other things, an armored saloon with special protection of seams, joints and connections of elements of the body, as well as safety glass designed for protection class VR6. A outstanding driving performance, which provides a V8 engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology 330 kW / 450 hp together with an intelligent all-wheel drive BMW xDrive, allow the new BMW X5 Security Plus confidently handle the most complex situations like traffic on a paved road and off-road conditions.
In a playful way to improve road safety: the center of BMW Group Junior Campus in Moscow.
As a special offer for the younger generation of motorists the BMW Group has opened in Moscow Centre Junior Campus. Here, children between the ages of five to ten years in the game form attached to the harmonious coexistence of man and car. Initiative to improve road safety includes exercises, pedagogical concept that detail is designed for age needs and abilities of children. The program of the center of BMW Group Junior Campus, which is located in a complex in Moscow Artplay include public seminars, and special offers for school classes.
Moscow International Motor Show takes place every two years and is the largest automobile exhibition in Russia. At the MIAS 2014 participants from around the world present their products and new developments in the territory of more than 110, 000 square meters. In 2012, the number of visitors has exceeded one million, and in 2014 the organizers are expecting even greater public interest.