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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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The new Grand Cherokee L is on its way to dealers now.

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The all-new three-row Grand Cherokee L was unveiled earlier this year, and features an ultra-premium interior, a load of new tech, and sharp styling that shouts back to Jeep models of the past. Just a few weeks ago, we learned pricing and feature details for the new model, and now Jeep says the vehicle is on its way to dealerships across the country.


Jeep Grand Cherokee L The L is the first three-row Grand Cherokee.Stellantis


In terms of styling, the L's shape has been reworked from previous Grand Cherokee models to be more reminiscent of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer. The automaker says that the grille has been tilted forward and is now wider for better air flow and a more dramatic appearance. The idea was to make the Grand Cherokee L look rugged, but keep it sleek and technical in the process.

The stretched Grand Cherokee retains the engines that powered its predecessors. That means a 3.6-liter V6 is standard, which delivers 293 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. A 5.7-liter V6 is optional, and makes 357 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or al-wheel drive. Either powertrain option will provide decent towing capability, but the V8 is unsurprisingly more powerful. With a V6 on board, the Grand Cherokee L can tow 6,200 pounds, while V8-powered models can pull 7,200 pounds.


Jeep Grand Cherokee L The L's styling is modern but nostalgic.Stellantis


Inside, Jeep says the L can be equipped with the latest tech and entertainment features. Running the latest Uconnect infotainment software, the Grand Cherokee L will be capable of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and can be had with a head-up display, a rear-seat monitoring camera system, and a 950-watt 19-speaker McIntosh audio system. At the top end of the lineup, the Summit Reserve model gets Palermo quilted leather, open-pore waxed walnut wood, and 21-inch wheels.

Pricing for the L starts at $38,690 after destination, which buys the base Laredo trim. The range-topping Summit Reserve model starts at $61,690 after destination. Dealer deliveries are underway now, supported by almost 5,000 employees at Stellantis' Detroit Assembly Complex.

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European sports sedan

Grab this 2000 BMW M5 before someone else does

Classic good looks and a rowdy V8 are the story here.

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We could spend all day bemoaning the rise of car auction sites and their impact on prices, but that won't do any good. The damage has been done. Of course, there are exceptions to the sky-high pricing we typically see on auction sites, and some cars are worth the money. This 2000 BMW M5 is one of them, and its current auction bid of just $15,250 makes us think it could go for a decent price.

The E39 M5 is one of the most legendary and sought-aftersports sedans of all time. Its 4.9-liter V8 produced 394 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque when it was new, which isn't all that crazy by today's standards, but an almost 400-horsepower family car was a big deal at the time. That magical engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive – an enthusiast's dream recipe.


2000 BMW M5 This car is in great shape for its age.Bring a Trailer


Inside, this car's tan leather upholstery looks great, and matches well with its black exterior. The seller has kept mods to a minimum, with just a set of aftermarket headlights on the list of changes. The car's original navigation system and head unit appear to be in place and the entire package is so well preserved it's amazing that the car hasn't drawn more interest so far.

Where this M5 will end up is anybody's guess. These cars are particularly difficult to find in any condition that could be called drivable, so this car's relatively low $15,000 current bid amount is surprising. Commentors on this auction are just as surprised as we are, and are asking where the love has gone for this M5. Of course, someone could swoop in at the last moment and start a bidding war, and with a full day left on the clock there's plenty of time for some action.


2000 BMW M5 The tan leather is nearly perfect.Bring a Trailer

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