BMW Adds 2010 7-Series High Security

BMW Adds 2010 7-Series High Security

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You can try to impress us with, say, a Bugatti in your driveway, but that merely means you are rich. You’re not really important until someone wants to kill you. And that, plus a desire to travel in a certain level of style and comfort, is the reason for the latest editions of BMW high-security 7-series sedans, appropriately enough named BMW 7 Series High Security.

While a quick internet search will result in a sizeable list of automotive armor upfitters, only Mercedes-Benz and Audi also produced ballistic and explosion resistant automobiles in-house. The newest are the BMW 7 Series High Security models, the BMW 750Li and BMW 760Li, both the longer wheelbase version of the 7-series sedans, with BMW’s new twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 and newly developed V-12 respectively.

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BMW claims that the 7 Series High Security models are the first in the world to meet BRV 2009 certification and new ballistic protection level VR7.

The windows are new, multi-layer laminated glass 2.4-inches thick with a polycarbonate layer on the inside to prevent shattered glass from penetrating the interior.

This all adds weight, of course, but an advantage of in-house development is modifying the suspension for the extra poundage. BMW reinforces the suspension links, shocks and suspension strut top mountings and calibrates the suspension to provide BMW-like handling despite the added mass.

The BMW 760Li High Security‘s V-12 produces 544 hp and, importantly considering the weight, 553 lb-ft of torque at 1500 rpm. With BMW’s new 8-speed automatic transmission, the BMW 760Li can get to 62 mph in 6.2 seconds, according to BMW.

BMW has also provided the 7 Series High Security models with upgraded high-performance brakes. Once again, what Professor Newton said about bodies in motion applies particularly to heavy armor-plated objects in motion. Run-flat tires have a separate tire pressure sensing system and special temperature sensors.

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