Report – Narendra Modi chooses a V12 BMW 7 Series as his official car

Posted on: Jun 4, 2014 - 1:23pm IST

India’s new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has made the BMW 7 Series 760 Li Security Edition his official car, with no further update available on the offer made to him for a fully armored Scorpio. Modi had used a civilian version of the Scorpio during his campaigns leading up to the elections.

BMW 760Li Security Edition front
The BMW 760Li Security Edition is powered by the 6.0-liter V12 engine.

The 760 Li uses the flagship engine in the BMW lineup. A 6.0-liter twelve-cylinder engine (V12) outputs 544 hp at 5,250 rpm and 750 Nm of torque at 1,500 rpm and uses an 8-speed automatic transmission. The sedan accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and achieves a top-speed of 210 km/h.

The 760 Li Security Edition is fully compliant with VR7 grade of ballistic protection. In fact, some of the transparent area and the non-transparent area comply with VR9 grade of protection. On the outside, the Security Edition looks just like any ordinary 7 Series as the armour plates, which are made from an “incredibly strong special steel” fit the bodywork like a second skin, say BMW.

BMW 760Li Security Edition front console
The BMW 760Li Security Edition has an on-board fire fighting system and clean air system.

Apart from ballistic protection, the 760 Li Security Edition protects its occupants from a fire in the engine compartment or under the vehicle, tear gas on the streets, or a jammed door. Safety features include an on-board fire-fighting system, an emergency exit and an emergency fresh-air system.

The PM’s convoy fleet is reported to contain multiple 760 Li Security Editions (for decoy purposes) and a few BMW X5s as well.

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18 thoughts on “Report – Narendra Modi chooses a V12 BMW 7 Series as his official car

  1. K Singh says:

    Actually IAB you ARE wrong in stating “Modi choses x over y”. The simple fact of the matter is Modi or any PM has no real say in the matter it is up to the SPG (the security agency responsible for protecting PMs) to decide the most suitable way to protect the PM. Here they have clearly made the right choice-the 760Li Security is head and shoulders above ANYTHING and indian Manufacturer is producing to date and perhaps second only to the infamous “beast” used by the POTUS in terms of advanced features, survivability and protection offered.

    Mahindra offered the Scorpio- what an utter joke, an entry level SUV that would be deemed too unsafe and thus illegal to drive on the roads of the EU/N.America, is offered as the official vehicle for one of the most powerful (and under threat) men on the planet? And that too against arguably the finest off the shelf head of state official vehicle the 760Li.

    The mind boggles at how it was ever a question what official car the PM of India would be using.

  2. dinesh shekhar says:

    As Gaurav said rightly, we should not take anything for chances when we speak about our PM’s security. we have got plenty of examples where it was laxity of security played spoilsport – Rajesh Pilot, Sahib Singh Verma, VIdhya Charan Shukla, Gopinath Munde or even Rajiv Gandhi – its not road accident or failure of the official vehicle, but security lapse was the culplrit. Sadly, we cant clone an able leader like our PM.

  3. srikanth says:

    PM should have told to M&M to make a proper and most powerful vehicle so that i can opt for that

    even M&M & Tata should make a special dedicated vehicle(new model) to Indian PM like the cadillac in america. It will a pride to that company

  4. Sudarshan_SMD says:

    indianautoblog is my most visited auto blog, even then I am saying that, “This post is misleading”. Your article gives idea that our new PM got new fleet of car’s for his security. However, what he actually doing is using old available security fleet.

    Being daily iab reader and your older post, I knew it must be old fleet only, but your post says otherwise.

    I am not the only one who feels the same, other comments of this article very well say the same thing.

    So, correct the post. “Narendra Modi to use old fleet of cars”/ “Narendra Modi to will not get new fleet of cars” instead of “Narendra Modi chooses a V12 BMW 7 Series as his official car” would do good.

    1. Bharat Shah says:

      PLEASE IAB. Mr Shrawan, Mr. Ravi

      Change the title. IT IS MISLEADING.

      You need to show respect (and quality journalism) for the elected leader of India.


  5. Yuva says:

    Thank god Modi didn’t chose the scorpio. It would have been an interior product for such a great leader. Mr. Mahindra would have atleast made some little sense if he offered an XUV instead of the Scorpio.

  6. Ramesh says:

    This report is misleading. Narendra Modi is using the same BMW 7 series that the previous PM was using. Thats the official fleet of the PM. The Scorpio being used for election campaign was by Narendra Modi in his personal capacity/ BJP Party leader. To say that he ‘ditched’ Scorpio in favor of the BMW is rather misleading.

    1. Bharat Shah says:

      Absolutely agree with you Ramesh.

      The IAB article makes it seem like the new PM is splurging when fiscal discipline is absolutely necessary. Which is NOT the case.

      IAB is wrong (once again) and one only needs to revisit my earlier posts for proof.

      IAB folks, please provide correct information and STOP MISGUIDING readers.

      1. Bharat Shah says:

        ‘Report – Narendra Modi chooses a V12 BMW 7 Series as his official car’

        How can the PM choose the 7 when it happens to be THE designated car for the PM?

        It is not like he said ‘let me induct a 7 in the fleet’. It is part of the fleet.

        I repeat, THEREFORE, the IAB article is wrong and misleading in its tone.



        On another note… It is a shame that Mahindra gave an armoured Scorpio and not an armoured XUV 500!!!

        Mahindra should have enough stocks of the dud (read: falling sales) XUV500 to SPONSOR the entire ministry ;-).

      2. Naveen says:

        Dear Bharat Shah,

        Even I was having the same thought that ” y cant mahindra offer an armoured xuv500 instead of armoured scorpio”

        Does ladder on frame chassis is more stiff than monocoque chassis ? ( experts pls ans this)

      3. Anjan Ravi says:

        Hi Naveen,

        Monocoque is the stiffer among the two, whereas ladder-on-frame is the more rugged.

      4. Bharat Shah says:

        Dear Naveen,

        The XUV is built to higher saftey standards than the Scorpio. A stiffer shell and greter level of active and passive safety features.

        Perhaps Mahindra did not offer the XUV since it is still relatively new product and has many electronic and driveline niggles (one can find these on which could be a threat to security of the vehicle is stranded.


  7. Gaurav says:

    Very well deserved. The strongest man of our nation needs the best protection. We have already lost some great leaders in accidents. Looking into the state of terrorism involved in the county. We can’t afford to loose our PM at any cost.

    1. Bharat Shah says:

      Dear Gauravji,

      Which great leaders have we lost due the fault of a official car or simply stated, in road accidents that included the official vehicle?

      Would love to expand our knowledge.

      If you have no facts, then please stop passing false statements.

      Thank you in advance for your reply.


      1. Sudheer R P says:

        BS, Remember Rajesh pilot.. and now Gopinath Mundhe. And many in Chattisgarh by mine blasts. No that we do not have examples. They are plenty, if we nitpick.

      2. Bharat Shah says:

        Thanks Sudheer.

  8. SANJUZ says:

    Great choice !!!!

    PM deserves the flagship model. BMW is considerably a good choice. However SPG troops can used Scorpio and XUV as a pilot cars.


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