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Meeting all challenges: The new BMW X5 Security.
18.08.2008 Press Release
Munich. BMW presents the ideal combination of state-of-the-art security standards with the adaptability of a sporting four-wheel drive vehicle. The new BMW X5 Security guarantees effective and tailor-made protection from criminal attacks and other hazards.
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Munich. BMW presents the ideal combination of state-of-the-art security
standards with the adaptability of a sporting four-wheel drive vehicle. The new
BMW X5 Security guarantees effective and tailor-made protection from criminal
attacks and other hazards. Based on the successful Sports Activity Vehicle
(SAV) BMW X5, the new BMW X5 Security has room for up to five passengers and
provides a superior drive train and chassis technology, which allows drivers to
master even challenging situations and terrain with confidence. Due to this
combination, the new BMW X5 Security is unique in the security vehicle segment.
It meets all challenges of day-to-day traffic as well as to situations that
require special protection and flexible reactions.
Accelerating from naught to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds, the new BMW X5 Security
has a strong 261 kW/355 hp V8 engine. The large, 4.8 liter eight-cylinder
powerplant mobilizes a maximum torque of 475 Nm at 3,400 rpm. Accelerating from
naught to 100 km/h in only 7.5 seconds, the BMW X5 Security's top speed is
limited electronically to 210 km/h. In addition to the engine performance the
intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system ensures dynamic and superior
thrust at all times. The constantly, electronically controlled all-wheel drive
is networked via DSC Dynamic Stability Control to variably distribute the drive
power between front and rear wheels. This way, xDrive promotes dynamic driving
and on-road stability as well as off-road traction.
The new BMW X5 Security is the only vehicle of its segment to meet the
requirements of the VR4 ballistic protection level. Its security options, which
include armored passenger and baggage compartments as well as safety glazing,
have been specially developed for this model and tested as part of the product
development process. The integration of protective components has been taken
into consideration during the development of the BMW X5 model and establishes
ideal prerequisites for equipping the BMW X5 Security with highly effective
security technology ex works.
The BMW Security concept: More than thirty years' experience.
Only few international car manufacturers have their own security vehicle
engineering tradition. For more than thirty years, BMW has been one of them,
offering customers a profound experience that guarantees reliable and expert
vehicle and passenger safety solutions. All active and passive safety aspects
have been taken into account and effectively combined to create a holistic
synthesis. The safety concept F.I.R.S.T. (Fully Integrated Road Safety
Technology), which is applied to all BMW vehicles, is the cornerstone of this
approach. Based on this, the safety level of the protective measures of BMW
Security vehicles can be optimized to suit individual customer requirements.
The professional protection concept of the new BMW X5 Security focuses on
threats posed by criminal actions such as robbery, kidnapping or carjacking.
These crimes are predominantly random acts. Most attackers do not target the
passengers, but either their valuable possessions or the vehicle itself. BMW X5
Security provides extensive protection from such attacks.
Official certificate after particularly extensive tests.
The vehicle's armored passenger compartment is an essential part of the
protection concept. It is bulletproof and safely withstands attacks with
handguns up to caliber .44 Magnums, including caliber .357 Magnums or 9 mm
Lugers. Accordingly, the BMW X5 Security complies with the requirements of the
VR4 ballistic protection level. Testing and certification of the vehicle to
internationally recognized European standards DIN EN 1063 and DIN EN 1522/23-1
was carried out by the Beschussamt Mellrichtstadt, an official German
ballistics authority. BMW deliberately requested ballistic tests that exceeded
conventional requirements. In addition to the stipulated firing angles of 90°
and 45°, the tests included real-life scenarios including different long-range
firing situations. The vehicle was certified accordingly.
Superior protection is afforded by special features such as components and
panels which are made from special high-performance fiber-reinforced material.
This material is used in the side panels, the roof, the front footwell and the
rear. Some parts are also reinforced by bullet-proof steel for enhanced
protection. Circumferential safety glazing with a 22 mm thickness withstands
attacks with impact weapons and is also bullet resistant to VR4 ballistic
protection level. The windows are reinforced with an additional polycarbonate
layer that offers passengers protection from shattered glass.
The BMW X5 Security also provides complete protection behind the rear seating
area. Therefore, the trunk can be used as a safe storage area. The two-part
trunk lid is fully armored. The maximum vehicle payload exceeds the 500
The BMW X5 Security is equipped with an intercom system and an assault alarm,
which allows communication with people outside of the car without opening doors
or windows. If the assault alarm is triggered, all doors and windows are locked
automatically and acoustic as well as optical alarm signals are activated. The
alarm control elements are situated near the cup holders on the center console
and are subtly concealed below a flexible cover.
With the help of high-performance camera systems the driver can easily monitor
the area in front and behind the vehicle. A rear-view camera transmits an
image to the iDrive control display situated in the instrument panel to allow
the driver to assess the vehicle's distance to obstacles without the need to
look behind. Side view system cameras integrated into the bumpers provide a
detailed view of the area in front of the vehicle. They also transmit an image
to the control display. This system helps detect crossing traffic when exiting
multi-story car parks or narrow driveways.
On the safe side: Maximum protection off the production line.
In contrast to retrofitted security features, all components used for security
vehicles that are manufactured by BMW are perfectly adapted to suit the model
they are deployed in. The armored passenger compartment for example provides
seamless protection of the entire interior. This way, critical areas such as
door joints or transitional sections of the pillars safely withstand bullets or
fragments and prevent them from penetrating into the passenger compartment.
The BMW X5 Security chassis is perfectly adapted to handle the extra weight. In
order to achieve this, special measures were taken. Among others, specific
chassis components such as suspension and dampers were integrated and the
chassis management software was adapted to suit the specific requirements of
security vehicles. Moreover, the BMW X5 Security is equipped with BMW Safety
Tires. Even during complete loss of tire pressure- as a result of a shooting or
after driving over sharp objects, for example - the tires still function. A
fully loaded vehicle can thus continue safely for up to 50 km at speeds of up
to 80 km/h.
Another benefit of the ex-works protection concept is the fact that all
security measures are integrated without having any impact on the vehicle
design. Even to the expert's eye, security vehicles manufactured by BMW are
virtually indistinguishable from corresponding production models. This meets
customers' wishes for discretion and provides extra safety for passengers.
Driving dynamics and comfort at the level of production models.
In addition to the outstanding security levels provided by the BMW X5 Security,
the vehicle offers a multitude of impressive advantages such as maximum
comfort, superior handling and an extremely sporting driving performance.
Equipped with the intelligent all-wheel xDrive, the five-seater vehicle is not
dependent on roads and expertly masters difficult off-road territory just as
The high-quality drive train technology and chassis management, which includes
all elements of the BMW X5 production model, provides perfect conditions for
safely mastering even extreme driving maneuvers and confidently evading any
hazardous situations whenever required. The all-wheel drive and DSC Dynamic
Stability Control are all networked via the Integrated Chassis Management
(ICM), which allows an extremely precise drive power distribution to suit the
driving situation at hand. Taking into account the data transmitted by the DSC
sensors, the xDrive quickly shifts drive power to the axle with better grip.
When dynamically navigating bends, the interaction between the xDrive and the
DSC counteract the vehicles' tendency to oversteer or understeer in bends. Due
to the situation-oriented, variable force distribution between the front and
the rear wheels, DSC intervenes by applying the brakes separately on each wheel
only if this is required by extreme situations.
The DSC version that was developed for the BMW X5 also includes a so called
anti-fading support by setting off any decrease in brake power at extremely
high temperatures by increasing brake forces accordingly. Moderate build-up of
brake forces, in turn, also enhances brake standby in situations which may
require spontaneous deceleration. Regular dry braking optimizes the performance
of the brakes in the wet, while the start-off assistant facilitates the process
of setting off on an uphill gradient.
The DSC system's range of functions include the special DTC Dynamic Traction
Control mode. This mode is activated by a press of a button and raises the
thresholds for intervention in the engine and brakes, allowing the vehicle to
set off smoothly on loose snow or sand. Last, but certainly not least, DTC
promotes an even more sporting style of motoring and navigating bends. In order
to aid motorists navigating difficult terrain , the vehicle is equipped with
Hill-Descent-Control (HDC). Networked via the DSC, the system allows a
controlled descent of hills by means of automatically controlled braking
interventions. Even steep off-road sections can be mastered safely and at
Standard features of the BMW X5 Security: Adaptive Drive and Active Steering.
Boosting an even higher level of confidence in mastering challenging driving
situations, the new BMW X5 Security provides Adaptive Drive as a standard
option. The combination of active anti-roll stabilization and variable damper
adjustment allows precise control of body roll and damping exactly as required
at all times.
Using sensors, Adaptive Drive permanently monitors and gathers data on the road
speed of the vehicle, its steering angle, forward and lateral acceleration,
body and wheel acceleration, as well as height levels. Using this information,
the system controls both the swivel motors on the anti-roll bars and the
electromagnetic damper valves.
The FlexRay high-speed data transmission system is being used for the first
time for fast and reliable coordination of all Adaptive Drive functions. BMW is
the first manufacturer in the world to use FlexRay technology in production
The new BMW X5 Security is available with Active Steering as a standard option.
This system offers exactly the right steering ratio at all speeds and steering
angle. Up to a speed of approximately 90 km/h steering behavior is
predominantly direct. Moreover, parking is facilitated by the fact that is
takes only two turns to proceed from lock to lock. At higher speeds, Active
Steering transmission is more indirect, enhancing the directional stability of
the vehicle and, accordingly, its driving comfort.
Active Steering is combined with Servotronic for better steering comfort
through reduced steering forces dependent on the driving speed. As part of DSC
Dynamic Stability Control, Active Steering is also networked via the ICM and
actively stabilizes the vehicle when oversteering in a bend or during
particularly demanding braking maneuvers. When applying the brakes on surfaces
with a varying frictional coefficient (split-friction braking), for example,
Active Steering generates a precise but discreet counter-steering effect to
prevent the vehicle from swerving out of control. This way, even challenging
driving situations can be mastered with maximum dynamics and utmost confidence.
Active and passive safety: BMW X5 is the ideal foundation.
Not only in terms of drive chain and chassis technology, but also in the areas
of active and passive safety, the new BMW X5 Security benefits from substantial
progress in development that was achieved up until the launch of the new
version of the SAV production model. The torsional body stiffness, the
arrangement of deformation zones, the crash safety of the passenger compartment
and the high degree of safety features including their central control, the
brake and lighting system have been significantly improved on the previous
The interior of the BMW X5 is equipped with frontal and hip/thorax airbags as
well as curtain/head airbags at the side as standard features. These airbags
inflate from the A-pillar covers and from the roof lining to protect passengers
in the first and the second row of seats from injury. The BMW X5 is equipped
with three-point inertia-reel belts on all seats. These restraint systems come
with belt force limiters as well as with a belt latch tensioner for the front
seats. ISOFIX child seat fasteners on the rear seats are featured as standard.
In the event of an impending rollover, rollover sensors activate the curtain
airbags and belt latch tensioners. Networked with DSC Dynamic Stability
Control, these sensors guarantee an early and situation-related operation of
the system. Due to this extensive package of measures for enhanced passenger
safety, the BMW X5 meets the most stringent crash safety requirements. The BMW
SAV was the first vehicle of its segment to be awarded five stars, the best
result in the Euro-NCAP crash test.
The high-performance brake system in the new BMW X5 is supported by the wide
range of DSC functions to ensure excellent stopping power in every situation.
Inner-vented discs on all four wheels take up braking energy with maximum
efficiency. Brake disc diameter on the BMW X5 Security is 365 millimeters at
the front and 345 millimeters at the rear.
In conjunction with the Bi-Xenon headlights, the BMW X5 Security is also
available with an optional adaptive bend-lighting system. The adaptive
bend-lighting system adapts the illumination of the road to the corresponding
steering angle. The headlights follow the progression of the bend, thus
improving visibility of the stretch of road in front of the vehicle. In
conjunction with the adaptive bend-lighting system, the vehicle can be equipped
with an optional turning lights integrated into the fog lamps. With every turn,
the fog lamps' light beam is guided to the side by a reflector to clearly
illuminate the road ahead in the new direction taken by the turning vehicle.
BMW X5 Security: Extraordinary SAV, unique security vehicle
Safety, dynamics, protection - the new BMW X5 Security provides it all at
premium level. It stands for both the extraordinary characteristics of a
sporting BMW four-by-four and for the manufacturer's outstanding competence in
the development and engineering of security vehicles. The BMW X5 Security
imparts a feeling of confidence to the driver and a feeling of safety and
comfort for the passengers, both of which is combined with a discreet
appearance which helps maintain the passengers' anonymity.
Similar to the production model, the new BMW X5 Security is distinguished by
its superior driving dynamics and impressive traction. Moreover, this model
provides the comprehensive functional range of the successful BMW SAV model
including five seats and the adaptive luggage compartment. The only vehicle of
its segment to be certified to VR4 ballistic protection level, the BMW X5
Security combines sheer driving pleasure with the versatility of
state-of-the-art safety engineering. This vehicle is prepared for mastering or
preventing hazardous situations in more ways than one. The BMW X5 Security is
both, an extraordinary SAV that is tailored to customers with a special focus
on protection, and a unique security vehicle for a wide variety of applications
and a high degree of day-to-day functionality.
BMW security vehicles: Development and engineering to standards of excellence.
All security vehicles are wholly manufactured by BMW to strict BMW quality
assurance specifications for development and production. As with the production
vehicle, the BMW X5 Security is manufactured in Spartanburg, South
Carolina/USA. The protection components are integrated to BMW process
specifications at the manufacturer's plant in Toluca (Mexico).
At the same time, BMW provides its customers with extensive support all over
the world, ranging from discreet consultancy to comprehensive service and part
supply. All security vehicles are designed to allow maintenance and repair in
regular BMW branches. The service range includes a corporate pool of security
and maximum security vehicles.
In addition to its customer service, BMW offers special Security Driver
Training sessions. BMW has been conducting these training sessions for more
than twenty years. Drivers have a choice of different levels of intensity
depending on the prior knowledge of the participants. They are carried out in
different locations all over the world and are conducted by highly skilled
experts. The training provides an extensive insight into the theory as well as
practical vehicle handling.