During the IAA event, BMW unveils the fortified iteration of its 7 Series, while also making a debut in the electric vehicle realm. This strategic move by politicians accomplishes a dual purpose—embracing electric propulsion and enhancing safety measures to an unprecedented extent.In a departure from convention, the introduction of plug-equipped armored automobiles marks a significant departure. Hitherto, only a scant few hybrid models, typically monopolized by specialized firms, have ventured into this territory.The notion of a factory-furnished, highly secure vehicle, capable not only of traversing the globe on electricity but also ensuring the safety of dignitaries, notably individuals such as Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder, has thus far remained elusive within the product lineup.
This unfulfilled niche prompted Annalena Baerbock to opt for a traditional Mercedes EQS for her engagements, granted the security landscape permits. In parallel, Chancellor Olaf Scholz entrusts his safety to the Mercedes S 680 Guard. BMW boldly takes the lead, emerging as the inaugural mainstream manufacturer to present a luxurious sedan, primarily in the European context, under its i7 marque.
The driving force is harnessed from a duo of electric motors, situated on the front and rear axles, churning out an impressive 400 kW (544 hp) and a torque of 745 Nm. From a stationary stance, the vehicle accomplishes a 0 to 100 km/h sprint in a brisk 9.0 seconds, with its top speed electronically reined in at 160 km/h.
Fuel consumption manifests as 30.0 kWh per 100 km. For adherents of internal combustion, a worldwide offering of the limousine furnished with a twin-turbocharged eight-cylinder engine remains accessible. The 4.4-liter powerplant, boasting 390 kW (530 hp) and 750 Nm of torque, propels the armored limousine to velocities reaching 210 km/h.
The intricate production of the armored iterations of BMW’s 7 Series mandates a multifaceted manufacturing process. The Dingolfing main facility has given birth to two safety bastions measuring 5.39 meters in length, a meticulous endeavor scheduled for inaugural deliveries in December.
Distinguished by their autonomous structural framework forged from steel, reinforced doors, undercarriage, and roof, along with security glass, these vehicles guarantee occupants’ safety in accordance with the VR9 protection class. The integral panels fulfill the exacting standards of VPAM 10, the most formidable tier of resistance, designated for specialized civil defense conveyances.
The combustible BMW 7 Series safeguard variant additionally encompasses a tamper-proof fuel reservoir, accompanied by the option to enhance protection further through VPAM 10-rated body armor, available upon special requisition. This augmentation aims to safeguard against explosives and an array of firearms.
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The fortified iteration exhibits minor deviations in comparison to the typical BMW 7 Series.
In terms of appearance, the fortified iterations maintain an indistinguishable facade from the conventional BMW i7/7er models. Discernment between the two can be enhanced by the weighty, consequently ebony windows, now even feasible to illuminate at the forefront. The assemblage of 20-inch wheels incorporates the Pax mechanism and contingency navigation capabilities, thereby enabling uninterrupted vehicular motion even amidst tire malfunction.