2020 BMW X5 Protection VR6: Incognito SUV for the developing world

The 2020 BMW X5 Protection VR6 has bullet and explosion resistance, looks like the regular SUV, and is being targeted at South America, Russia and Africa.

Credit: Fabian Kirchbauer

The X5 Protection VR6 has been verified under the VPAM criteria, and has been certified under the BRV 2009 bullet resistant vehicle, ERV 2010 explosive resistant vehicle, and PAS 300 standards.

It can withstand attacks from people using the AK-47 gun, DM51 hand grenade and the passenger cell can hold out against a 15kg TNT explosion 4m away.

Optionally it can upgraded to withstand HG85 hand grenades, and DTG5 explosive charges, including up to 200g of C4 and over 500 fragments.

The X5 Protection VR6 is powered by a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 with 390kW (530hp), and 750Nm (553 lb-ft). It has a 0-100km/h time of 5.9s, and an electronically limited top speed of 210km/h (130mph).

Standard features include integrated armor plating for body, doors, and floor; multilayer safety glass (33mm or 1.3″ in the windscreen); 20″ wheels; 4 zone climate control; intercom; and attack alarm.