Dartz Prombron Black Dragon Headed to China, Priced at $7 Million

If a special vehicles automaker wanted to build a bespoke automobile specifically for China’s wealthiest, it would adorn the automobile with every imaginable luxury appointment and would dedicate its masterpiece after the Year of the Dragon.

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BMW 760Li High Security Spotted in Canada; But is It Illegal?

An obscure Canadian law makes it illegal for private citizens to own bulletproof cars, but Dave Pankew of Autoblog Canada ended up spotting one just north of Toronto, with the vehicle in question being a rare BMW 760Li High Security.

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Kim Jong-Il Buys Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard While North Korea Starves

North Korea’s chronic food shortages are reported to be reaching levels similar to the 1994 famine that struck the isolated Asian nation, and Kim Jong-Il, the world’s best dressed hereditary communist dictator, couldn’t care less.

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Volkswagen Bora Protect Is A Bulletproof Mexican Jetta

We often take our own personal safety for granted, but in Mexico, the situation is quite different to say the least. While full-size SUVs are generally the vehicle of choice when armoring comes in to play, they’re not always the most discrete, and Volkswagen is cognizant of this.

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Maybach Adding 62 Guard Model to Protect Those That Need Protection

When some other manufacturers announce armored variants of their vehicles, we sometimes wonder why. When Maybach announces an armored variant of their 62 luxury sedan, we wonder what took them so long. The engineers over at Sindelfingen, Germany, equipped Maybach’s 62 with integrated safety systems to suit all the very important people that need protection while traveling in the ultimate luxury sedan.

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BMW Driving School Teaches You Defensive Driving At Former Soviet Airbase

Some driving schools teach you the rules of the road. Others show you how to get the most out of your car while driving at the limit on a closed circuit. A rarefied few, like BMW‘s facility in the former East Germany, can show you how to get away with life and limb intact should you ever come under an armed assault.

With BMW’s lineup of factory armored cars, sold under the BMW Security lineup, are frequently sold to customers who live in locales where the rule of law isn’t always stringently enforced. The armor plating helps these types of BMW owners defend themselves against bullets or bombs, but the other half of the equation is driving training. The BMW facility, stationed at a former Soviet airbase, is a prime location to teach evasive driving maneuvers, and as the video below explains, it’s  pretty badass.

[Source: BMW]

Video after the jump

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Land Rover Discovery 4 Armored SUV; Solid as a Tank and Weighs as Much Too

Land Rover has teamed up with the specialists at Centigon to release an armored variant of the Discovery 4 luxury SUV. The armored Discovery 4 can take on machine gun fire, 33 pounds of TNT and even a pair of DM51 grenades. The additional security has been certified by QinetiQ.

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Violence In Mexico Sparks Demand For Discrete Armored Cars

Armored cars are an expensive proposition, nearly always costing well above $100,000, and for this reason, they’re rarely anything but luxury sedans or SUVs.

The problem with this phenomenon is that the places where armored cars are really needed, discretion is often better than driving an ostentatious bling-mobile. Texas Armoring, one of the leading armored car manufacturers, has noticed a spike in demand for “ordinary” bulletproof cars, mostly from Mexico, where a war between government officials and drug traffickers have caused unprecedented violence.

The vehicles featured in the video include late model SUVs like the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Ford Excursion, while one rep mentions that cars like the Toyota Camry and Nissan Maxima have also been retrofitted.

Hit the jump to see the video on Texas Armoring

[Source: Jalopnik]

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BMW Security Vehicles Are Serious Business

Chances are if you’re reading this, you live in a locale that is devoid of frequent regime changes, random acts of violence or shaky private property rights. In the other 98% of the world, such interruptions of daily life do exist, and when there’s a great gulf between the rich and the poor, things tend to get a little dangerous.

Last year, I was able to visit one of those countries, and got to check out my hosts fleet of armored cars. While these vehicles were outfitted by some of the best retrofitters in the business, there are a few inevitable compromises. One of the SUVs, powered by a six-cylinder engine, had an electrical system that couldn’t cope with the added weight of the armoring. Any time the windows needed to be opened, they would roll down with a power switch and manually brought up by hand – an awkward and time consuming act that was annoying and could put one’s life at risk. Another SUV was armored to Fort Knox levels, but the contractor forgot about the braking system. The truck rear-ended someone so badly that the other car was planted firmly beneath the undercarriage of the SUV, all because these sorts of things aren’t taken into account by aftermarket firms.

Enter BMW Security Vehicles. Available as a factory-integrated package on the 5-Series, X5 and 7-Series, the BMW Security cars are engineered and built to be bulletproof from the start, which eliminates those pesky quirks like non-functioning windows and brakes. BMW has released a video demonstrating how the vehicles are designed and tested highlighting their “from the ground up” approach (and they even mention upgraded window regulators, so it must be a common complaint), showing the vehicles doing fancy pirouettes on a test track and getting blasted with high-velocity rifle rounds.

A quick look at the website shows the usual armor plating, sirens and other defensive gear. What is missing from the catalog are some of the more extreme features that aftermarket companies do offer; smokescreens, weapon ports, remote starters with bomb detection. Surely there’s some liability issues involved, but the extra engineering that goes into the BMW Security products is worth far more than some James Bond-like gimmicks.

[Source: Ridelust]

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