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Check out the first ballistic armored BMW X7 to hit the market

INKAS has armored a BMW X7, giving it the ability to withstand two simultaneous grenade attacks.

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It's traditionally a powerful family hauler. But this three-row BMW X7 isn't just for hauling the traditional family. It's made for toting around diplomats, politicians, executives, and VIPs. Meet the INKAS Armored BMW X7, the world's first armored X7.

The armored variant builds on the BMW X7 xDrive40i. That's the base model X7. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and uses its 335-horsepower, turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine to get from zero to 60 seconds in 5.8 seconds, pre-outfitted. That's good, but if you want more, you can opt for a V8 that yields either 523 horsepower or 612 for an upcharge. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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The X7 retains its exterior styling and its high-tech interior features. It comes stand with a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster, quad-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, a 12.3-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging pad, HD Radio, satellite radio, two USB ports, and navigation.

To the vehicle, INKAS has aded high-quality ballistic armor that offers 360-degree protection. With INKAS proprietary armoring system, the vehicle offers protection from top to bottom, and even ensures that no bullets can penetrate the door seals. Standard armoring features include multi-layer bullet resistant glass, protection for the battery and control module, reinforced door hingers and critical structure points, a reinforced suspension, and runlet devices.

"We are thrilled that despite the challenges during this pandemic, INKAS is able to continue developing and extending our product line with high-quality and innovative products. It's always a challenge being the first one in the industry to convert a specific model into a bulletproof vehicle, but it's a rewarding venture," said David Khazanski, CEO of INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing. "This first-ever armored BMW X7 is engineered with attention to detail and provides unparalleled protection and comfort for its passengers".

All armoring meets the CEN 1063 BR6 ballistic standard, which means that the vehicle can withstand attacks from 7.62x51mm or .308 Winchester FMJ ammunition as well as protect from the explosions of two hand grenades detonated simultaneously.

Buyers can upgrade their INKAS armored BMW X7 to include sirens and PA systems, air filtration devices, night-vision systems, smoke screen system, engine bay fire suppression system, and emergency lights packages.

The new SUV is now available for worldwide delivery to all major seaports, or even airfreight upon special request.

INKAS doesn't say how much their X7 costs but since the base model is just about $75,000 pre-upfitting, you can expect the armored version to be in the six figures range.

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