BMW 760Li High Security and Mercedes-Benz M-Guard, armour in India
BMW 7 Series in its armoured sedan avatar caters to those with enhanced securuty requirement. BMW 760Li High Security meets international standard guideline BRV 2009 certification, and is equipped to offer high level of ballistic protection.
Individual chassis components are adapted to increased sedan weight because of armour plating. Reinforced suspension, dampers and suspension strut top mountings are part of the model-specific component range ensuring peak performance, which would be hampered in case of retrofitting armour plating.
BMW High- Security sedans are serviced at certified special garages only. Since secrecy is key, BMW India offers exclusive consultancy and personalized sales and service support. Vehicle access is restricted to a select few specially trained personnel, and BMW undertakes special driver training programs for such secured wheels. And when it comes to security, last month it was reported a BMW 7 Series made the final cut, and not Mahindra Scorpio for Indian PM, Narendra Modi.
Mercedes-Benz India introduced its Special Protection M-Guard at 2014 Delhi Auto Expo to strengthen its special-protection variant SUV’s. Similar to Mercedes-Benz’ Guard family, armored M-Class M-Guard upholds an integrated special protection design principle. Guard Programme caters to S-, E-, G- and M-Class vehicles.
Mercedes-Benz India offers a comprehensive special-protection range with 3 three. New M-Guard meets the protection level VR4 requirements in accordance to BRV 2009 testing guidelines for special-protection vehicles with bullet resistance ( as per Bullet Resistant Vehicles 2009).
M-Guard armour resulst in increased weight. Despite that, M-Guard offers optimum agility, ride comfort and active safety as its series-production counterpart. Special-protection M-Guard features AIRMATIC air suspension system with Adaptive Damper System (ADS) adapted to its protection features. Stronger axle components cope with increased weight. Guard-specific rear axle torsion bars optimize roll behavior. Ballistic tests are carried out by the Ballistics Bureau in Ulm. M-Guard is put through test programmes just like series-production vehicles. M-Guard was introduced in India at a launch price of Rs.2.49 crores, ex-sh Delhi.
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