BMW's Tesla Cybertruck Joke Is Awesome

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X5 provides metal ball protection.

The Tesla Cybertruck has been the subject of much hilarity. It's been almost a week now, and the jibes don't seem to be letting up. Elon Musk's mishap when the armored glass on the Tesla Cybertruck shattered as he tried to demonstrate how strong it is with a metal ball will go down as one of the great fails of a generation. BMW has already seen it as an opportunity to remind people that its Protection line version of the X5 SUV "Comes with bulletproof windows and offers splinter protection in case it gets hit by a metal ball."

https://twitter.com/BMW/status/1197997939102289922
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Of course, the Teslarati has come out in full force in the replies to the tweet but they have mostly missed the point. The Teslarati has focused on the fact that the BMW isn't a truck and isn't electrically powered. The BMW X5 Protection VR6 is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 that makes 530 horsepower. BMW isn't trying to say that the Cybertruck is competition for the X5, however, just that its armored glass actually works against attackers throwing a metal ball.

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BMW's protection line has been a low-key important part of BMW's lineup for some time, and the BMW X5 Protection VR6 is more than just some security glazing and armored body panels. It's designed to offer protection from common handgun and long gun rounds being fired at it as well as lateral blasts of up to 15 kilograms of TNT from a distance of 13 feet.

It also has an armor-plated floor and a reinforced underbody that is resistant to varying types and strengths of hand grenades. There's a self-sealing fuel tank and armored luggage compartment partition, while the glass features BMW's own Post Blast Protective Technology so it can withstand secondary attacks after a blast or hand-thrown metal ball.

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