BMW Security Vehicles offer three levels of security and must pass the strictest tests around, which go far beyond the guidelines specified by the authorities. The BMW X5 Security with class VR4 ballistic protection (according to BRV 2009) provides reliable protection against every type of street crime, whether the vehicle is attacked with blunt instruments or handguns of calibres up to .44 Magnum (including the .357 Magnum and 9-milimetre Luger). With the BMW X5 Security Plus, BMW offers a whole new degree of security, unmatched by any other manufacturer. Officially certified as offering class VR6 ballistic protection (according to BRV 2009), it is the first vehicle specifically designed to protect against the world’s most widely used firearm, the AK-47, while at the same time offering drivers the everyday flexibility they need. The BMW 7 Series High Security safeguards high-ranking officials and corporate executives against attack using armour-piercing munition and explosives.
The entire vehicle meets protection level VR7 (BRV 2009). The non-transparent area, and many components of the transparent area as installed, also meet the requirements of the VR9 protection level (BRV 2009).