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      02-11-2019, 03:03 PM   #1
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Post Factory Armored BMW Vehicles

Came across some info online (hint: there isn't much) about these factory armored vehicles BMW produces. Seems that the X5 and 7-Series are the two they offer, however I did see some brochures that offered a 5-Series as well. Very interesting nonetheless.

I called my dealer and while at first they were very apprehensive and thought I was making it up, they got back to me and confirmed that they can actually order these into the United States. I was told roughly $150,000 USD MSRP. Although it seems the major markets that receive these are Brazil/South America, South Africa, European Union, and Russia. They offer two levels of protection; Security and Security Plus. Basic differences is Security is protected against most small-arms, handgun caliber weapons, and Security Plus is protected against 7.62 variant weapons and higher calibers - along with additional security options such as pressurizing the vehicle, emergency lights, PA system, etc. Would love to see one in person and play around with it, apparently from an external point of view they are completely identical to the civilian models. Seems like the 7-Series from Tomorrow Never Dies wasn't too far from the truth.


Below are some online resources on these cars that I have found and consolidated. Have any of you guys heard or have experience with these factory armored cars?

Official BMW:
https://www.bmw-special-sales.com/en.../overview.html







Spotted in the Wild:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Justrolledi...mored_bmw_e65/

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      02-11-2019, 03:06 PM   #2
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I would assume non opening windows.
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I would assume non opening windows.
Nope, they open just fine. Check out the video of the guys in South America I linked. I believe one of the appealing factors in these factory armored cars as opposed to aftermarket is they retain almost all of their OEM counter-part's functionality. Check out timestamp 2:35 in the first video I linked as well.
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Haven't had a sec to watch the vids yet but this is pretty cool and interesting, nonetheless!
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Haven't had a sec to watch the vids yet but this is pretty cool and interesting, nonetheless!
I figured as much, considering that there was not much information online in the first place! Even the salespeople at my dealership said that they had never heard of this "BMW Special Sales" program and that they have never had one delivered through them. Would be cool to have this thread be a consolidation of anyone who has more information on this topic. Would love to have an owner chime in if there are any out there. I am sure there has to be at least one or two members who have/had one of these beasts.
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There are so many armored Mercedes and bmw's in Russia.
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To stop 7.62 would need thicker glass than the doors can usually accommodate to open. Like in hum vee whole assembly slides down as unit like an old school house window
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Ideal for your neighbourhood dictator or "gangsta rapper"
Hey, if you have the money why not?

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To stop 7.62 would need thicker glass than the doors can usually accommodate to open. Like in hum vee whole assembly slides down as unit like an old school house window
True. The X5 Security Plus and 750LI Security Plus has VR6 Ballistic protection, which is good against 7.62x39mm. I would imagine with achieving that rating it is the entire/majority of the vehicle. Keep in mind a lot of these are ordered for governments so I'm sure they have very good protections in place.

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There are so many armored Mercedes and bmw's in Russia.
I'm not surprised. I bet Moscow Mercedes gets more G-Wagen orders than they know what to do with.
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I came across several bulletproof E38s while I was searching for one. Ironically, Tupac's wasn't.
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To stop 7.62 would need thicker glass than the doors can usually accommodate to open. Like in hum vee whole assembly slides down as unit like an old school house window
Agreed. In the government we refer to civilian armored vehicles as level 3 and level 4. Which is security and security plus. The level 3 vehicles we ride in have windows that roll down, but we still avoid opening the windows since it doesn’t function well. The level 4 windows are 2 inches or so in thickness and weigh over 50 pounds so no way in hell theyre opening and closing. Usually if you’re in an armored vehicle, opening the window will break the seal causing the vehicle to lose structural integrity. Also, opening the window in an armored vehicle defeats he purpose entirely.

I’ve only been in armored land cruisers and armored Toyota Hilux’s (Tacoma’s).
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Hey, if you have the money why not?
Oh, don't get me wrong, I don't mind these cars at all.
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I was offered to drive one for a week by my dealer as courtesy. Didn't have time back then, I can check to see if it is still available and maybe take it out for you guys get some pictures. Would you be interested?
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https://www.bmw-special-sales.com/en.../overview.html

I was offered to drive one for a week by my dealer as courtesy. Didn't have time back then, I can check to see if it is still available and maybe take it out for you guys get some pictures. Would you be interested?
Very much so! That would be super cool and extremely appreciated! More photos and videos of this would be awesome to have.

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For New Zealand it was quite big news that Prince Harry came here a while ago. I remembered reading this article

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/108...-in-an-old-bmw

When I was in BMW Auckland yesterday looking at the new M850i and happened to see the same car parked outside. You could see the big black edges around the windows and the windows did look like they were very thick.

The tyres were these which have a huge load rating and Michelin's runflat system.

https://pax-service-shop.de/Tire-Mic...17H-PAX-System

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelin_PAX_System
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For New Zealand it was quite big news that Prince Harry came here a while ago. I remembered reading this article

https://www.stuff.co.nz/motoring/108...-in-an-old-bmw

When I was in BMW Auckland yesterday looking at the new M850i and happened to see the same car parked outside. You could see the big black edges around the windows and the windows did look like they were very thick.

The tyres were these which have a huge load rating and Michelin's runflat system.

https://pax-service-shop.de/Tire-Mic...17H-PAX-System

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelin_PAX_System
Does the F01 7-Series really look that "old" to these people? I guess compared to the newer one, sure. But come on, it still looks very modern. I am a staunch Capitalist, but this consumerist mindset really bothers me sometimes. They are calling a 5 year old BMW an "old BMW"....
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Does the F01 7-Series really look that "old" to these people? I guess compared to the newer one, sure. But come on, it still looks very modern. I am a staunch Capitalist, but this consumerist mindset really bothers me sometimes. They are calling a 5 year old BMW an "old BMW"....
I think it was because (again, small country) it was quite big news when we got the previous group of F01 7 series with all of the socialists complaining about the government spending so much money on cars. I'm sure BMW gave them a huge discount though

So when they were replaced with G12 7 series there was another big up-roar and of course everyone knows that they have new ones now. So I think that was the main point of the article, they are riding around in the old shape cars....so what is the reason?
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Good detective work, I love threads like these! Part of what makes the forums cool.
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I was offered to drive one for a week by my dealer as courtesy. Didn't have time back then, I can check to see if it is still available and maybe take it out for you guys get some pictures. Would you be interested?
If you can get it, maybe wear a bunch of gold and diamond jewelry, and take it to the worst neighborhood you can find. See if someone puts the armor to the test! A video of that would get you tons of views on YouTube.
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Very cool. Especially the high security bmw's.
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A few years ago, my local MBZ dealer had an armored S Class for sale. It was ordered by a Columbian national; however, he was unable to take delivery due to unfortunate circumstances.
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If Tupac was riding in one of these, he would still be here today..

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I could see this car marketed to hard core rappers or celebrities..
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