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The BMW i7 will be BMW’s first all-electric armored car

The last G7 summit was held in Upper Bavaria, the region where BMW was born. What better opportunity to include BMW models in the fleet of official vehicles that moved heads of state and presidents of government present there, despite the fact that none was armored. Something that will change next year, well BMW has announced that the next 2023 will launch its first armored electric car.

Heads of State and Presidents of Government usually travel in armored cars for greater security. The most extreme case, almost sickening, is that of the president of the United States and his two 9,000 kilo twin limousines, the ‘Beasts’. We have seen them over and over again in recent days, with the visit to Spain of the president of the United States, Joe Biden, at the NATO summit. A more “close” example is that of the attack against José María Aznar in 1995, who managed to escape unharmed thanks to the armor plating of the official Audi 200 in which he was travelling.

BMW has a long tradition of building its own highly protected armored vehicles. In 1978 it presented the first Series 7 ‘High Security’ and since then the models have been succeeding, including the Series 7 but also others such as the X5. Now it’s time to offer maximum protection with an electric car, its best electric car: the BMW i7.

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Vehicles like the BMW i7 serve as official cars for heads of state

Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, has announced that next 2023 they will launch an armored electric BMW i7. It will be the first time that BMW has offered a fully electric armored car (to be precise, there was a hydrogen-powered, armored BMW Concept iX5 Hydrogen Protection VR6, but it was not a production vehicle). They will also offer high security versions in the new Series 7. From the brand they have not specified what level of protection the armored i7 will offer, although it does not seem likely that it will be less than the VR6 protection level.

Currently the range of the BMW i7 consists of a single engine, the BMW i7 xDrive60. With its 544 horsepower and 745 Nm of torque, it has more than enough muscle to move the extra kilos of armor, which will not be few.

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In the picture, front window of the BMW X5 Protection VR6

For security reasons, the details of the armor are not published. We do know that everything that surrounds the passenger compartment is reinforced by creating a security “cage” with ultra-resistant steel plates on the doors, the roof and the trunk (just behind the seats), aluminum and steel armor on the underbody. and bulletproof windows. In the case of VR6 armor, the cabin can withstand an explosion of up to 15 kg of dynamite that is activated at four meters or attacks with short and long firearms with ammunition up to 7.62 x 39 mm (the one used by a Kalashnikov AK-47).

In addition, the armored bottoms offer hand grenade protection of the DM51 type (optionally it can be reinforced with composite materials to withstand attacks with HG85 hand grenades). In the case of the BMW X5 Protection VR6, it also resists drone strikes with explosive charges of the DTG5 category (up to 200 grams of C4 and more than 500 fragments).

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