Bavarians ridiculed Tesla Cybertruck armor with their crossoverNovember 27, 2019
In recent years, BMW has released only a few trucks, the most recent of which was the luxury X7, introduced back in July. All the workhorses carrying the rundel were purely one-time projects, and the chances of seeing a BMW with a rear bed are slim, as the German brand claims that there is no business reason for this.
This means that the Bavarians are unlikely to be able to do something in the spirit of rival Cybertruck, but this did not stop the BMW team on social networks from innocently having fun on Twitter. Emphasizing the new X5 Protection VR6, Twitter refers to the bulletproof windows of an armored SUV and “protection against splinters in the event of a metal ball.” This is obviously a reference to the Armor Glass test with a steel ball that didn’t go according to plan during Tesla’s revelation about Cybertruck in Los Angeles.
Besides the fact that both have four wheels, the two cars can no longer be different, so it’s interesting that BMW decided to ride the wave of popularity of Tesla Cybertruck to highlight the X5 Protection VR6. The first is an electric pickup truck, the cost of which starts at $ 39,900, and the maximum is $ 69,900, while the latter is a luxurious 523 horsepower SUV equipped with a 4.4-liter V8 engine with two turbines from $ 82,150 X5 M50i. Being an armored version that can fire bullets from an AK-47, it obviously costs a lot more, probably with six-digit numbers.
BMW has a long history of creating armored vehicles that began with the 733i High Security back in 1978. The last of them is even ready to attack drones, if the X5 is equipped with an additional armored roof that can withstand up to 200 grams (0.44 pounds) of C4 explosives. Since this Twitter post is about windows, it’s worth mentioning that the 33 mm (1.3 in) thick side window of the SUV has an inner polycarbonate layer for added protection against splinters.
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