As is customary among premium and luxury brands, BMW has been offering armored versions of some of its most prestigious models for more than 40 years. This range, known as BMW Protection Vehicles, is specially designed for leaders who hold positions of high responsibility.
Taking into account that for some time now the high-ranking organizations of many countries are trying to set an example by renewing their fleets with sustainable vehicles, it was a matter of time before armored electric cars began to appear. Now, BMW has confirmed that the new i7 will receive such a variant next year.
We will continue this tradition in 2023 with a high-security vehicle that combines the driving dynamics and interior comfort of the new BMW 7 Series with an integrated protection concept that is unique in a competitive environment. Oliver Zipse, confirming that the thermal 7 Series will also be a Protection Vehicle.
“For the first time, we will put a fully electric high-security vehicle based on the BMW i7 on the road, without compromising the protection of our customers. By doing so, we are demonstrating how sustainability and safety go hand in hand. ”
The BMW i7 Protection will be based on the xDrive60 version
The BMW i7 Protection will be based on the xDrive60 version. As its name indicates, this model has total traction thanks to the use of two electric motors (one per axle), which announced a combined power of 544 CV (400 kW) and a torque of 745 Nm. The unarmored variant is capable of completing 0 to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds and reaching a top speed of 240 km/h.
Its battery pack has a useful capacity of 101.7 kWh and allows it to approve a maximum autonomy of 625 km under the European WLTP cycle. In terms of charging, this sumptuous representative sedan is capable of reaching a peak power of 195 kW in direct current, so it can recover 170 km WLTP in just 10 minutes.
Logically, both performance and autonomy will be reduced in the i7 Protection, because due to the armor, its bodywork will be much heavier than in the conventional i7. At the moment BMW has not provided this or other data, although it is most likely that the final technical specifications will be announced as its launch date approaches.