The i7, which is the first car of its sort with an electric drivetrain, and the 7-Series were both introduced by BMW in armored Protection variants. Both variants have the same level of VR9 ballistic protection, assuring that the occupants will emerge from perilous circumstances unharmed.
The Protection trims were "factored" into the construction of the new 7-Series and i7 because the Bavarian company has a lengthy experience with armored vehicles. Apart from the optional flashing lights and flagpoles made for authorities, the model-specific 20-inch alloy wheels are the first item you notice from the outside. These are outfitted with specifically designed Michelin PAX run-flat tires (255-740 R510) and are compatible with the "particularly powerful braking system."
Since the company sought to maintain a "low-profile presence" in public spaces, there are no significant outward differences between the armored and conventional vehicles. In this regard, the Protection versions may be ordered with a wide range of personalization options from BMW Individual and come standard with the M Sport package.
The BMW Protection Core is an armored steel framework that protects both armored automobiles against assaults from explosives and guns. This shell is paired with extra underbody protection, windows with thick safety glass, and a fuel tank with a self-sealing casing. According to the business, people are protected against grenades and "drone attacks with explosive charges". A fresh-air delivery system and a fire extinguisher with automated and manual discharge will provide added support in specific attack scenarios.
BMW worked hard to maintain the inside of the flagship model's spaciousness and comfort despite the thicker exterior and without sacrificing the technological features. The driver and passengers can converse with individuals outside the car using the normal intercom system without opening the doors or windows. It includes an outside speaker, inside speakers, an exterior microphone on the mirrors, a microphone in the headliner, and an extra optional microphone on the center console. Aside from that, you receive a basic 28-speaker 1,265-Watt Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System so you can listen to high-end music as you wait to be rescued.
While the roller for the rear glass is unique to the Protection models, rear occupants can utilize the electrically controlled sunblinds on the side windows with the "spy position" partially closed for privacy. The doors offer electric assistance for opening and shutting, but when you're rushing to secure the car, this doesn't seem so comforting. In cold areas, the windscreen and side windows' basic electric heating function will keep them clear, and the optional model-specific pre-heating will ensure that the cabin is toasty.
The extra inside mirror that continuously displays the feed from the reversing camera so you know who is behind you even if you can't see through the back glass is one of the upgrades that seems appropriate for the armored model. A cool drink is all you need to stay cool during a vehicle pursuit, therefore we would also get the optional cooler box located between the back seats.
Based on the xDrive 60 trim, the first BMW i7 Protection incorporates M70 xDrive parts. All four wheels naturally get the combined 536 horsepower (400 kW / 544 PS) and 745 Nm (549 lb-ft) of torque produced by the two electric motors. Unfortunately, the armor's additional weight has a noticeable impact on performance. The Protection i7 has an electronically regulated top speed of 160 km/h (99 mph) rather than 240 km/h (149 mph) and speeds from 0 to 100 km/h in 9 seconds (instead of 4.7). The range statistic, which is anticipated to be significantly poorer than the lighter, non-armored i7, was not mentioned by BMW. Despite the advantages, the disadvantages may make the EV less appealing than the V8-powered version.
The mild-hybrid turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine in the BMW 7-Series Protection, on the other hand, produces 523 horsepower (390 kW/530 PS) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque and is solely paired with the xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The ICE-powered variant accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph) in 6.6 seconds and has a peak speed of 210 km/h (130 mph) despite being less powerful than the i7 Protection.
Regardless of the powerplant selection, the Protection models have a unique chassis configuration tailored to the additional weight with an emphasis on ride comfort and "controllable" handling, while the Integral Active Steering system is standard making them more nimble.
At the IAA Mobility Show in Munich in September, the BMW 7-Series and i7 Protection will be unveiled to the general public. In addition to the regular variations, production will start at the Dingolfing factory, and the first deliveries are scheduled for December. Be aware that the BMW i7 Protection is only offered in Europe; as a result, non-EU consumers must make do with the 7-Series Protection. The company provides specialized training programs, including theoretical lessons, hands-on control drills, and tactical response instruction, for anyone who are interested in becoming a professional driver of an armored BMW.