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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the ultimate reward for a lifestyle shaped by mobility, individuality, success and sophistication. You don’t simply decide to buy an S-Class: it comes to you when fate has ordained that your life should take that course. The door closes with a reassuring clunk and you have arrived. This is what makes the car and its predecessors unique among the worlds great sedans. And has done so for more than half a century.

2016 Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard

The moving fortress with highest level of ballistic protection

Back in 2014 German luxury automaker Mercedes released the S600 Guard with VR9 protection level, which was highest at that time. Now just before the upcoming Geneva Motor Show Mercedes has taken the game up, and unveiled the new Mercedes-Benz S 600 Guard which gets VR10 protection level. The VR10 is the highest ballistic protection level available at present for any civilian passenger vehicle.

Important thing is, this time Mercedes not only gave importance to the protection level, but also secured the highest luxury level as well, which is why the car gets the exclusiveness of Maybach. Yes, the new S600 Guard is dubbed as Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard. So far, it can be called a premium moving fortress. The new car gets a bit longer with an extended wheelbase, which is 20 mm longer than the usual long wheelbase S-Class sedan.

Mercedes-Maybach vehicles already offer the highest level of comfort and luxury to the occupants, now with this car the biggest attraction point is the highest level of ballistic protection which is VR10. This is the top most ballistic and blast safety available for any civilian car in the world. At the recently concluded New Delhi Auto Expo 2016 Mercedes showcased a variant of S600 Guard, and now at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show they will showcase the new car.

Before Mercedes showcase the all new Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard, let’s take a look at the car and check what makes the car so special.

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EXTERIOR

Without a close look it is really hard to tell that this is a S600 Guard. If you overlook the extended lengthof 5453 mm and 3365 mm wheelbase, this car looks like the usual long wheelbase S600. Externally there is no visible change. Mercedes strengthened the base structure of the car. The car gets special integrated steel in between the body structure and outer bodyshell, therefore increasing the strength drastically. Apart from the special integrated steel Mercedes has used special intelligent overlapping system at several critical points to make the car bulletproof. The special steel structure of the car can withstand bullets fired from an assault rifle. It can also withstand grenade attacks. An armoured covering protects the entire underbody from explosions. The windows are made of special glass, coated with polycarbonate to prevent the glass from shattering in case of a blast or bullet hit and injuring the occupants inside.

VR10 Protection features

• Integrated steel between body structure and bodyshell.
• Special intelligent overlapping system at critical points.
• Special steel structure can withstand bullet rounds from an assault rifle, grenade attack.
• Underbody protection from explosion.
• Heavily protected special glass with polycarbonate coating which can withstand bullet rounds and blast.
• Fire extinguishing system.
• Specially built armoured fuel tank.
• Protection from chemical weapon, gas attack.
• Live communication system.

INTERIOR

The interior of the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard looks a lot similar with the normal S600 as the heavily protected car sports several design and styling features from the normal variant. Mercedes claims the extra length and extra wheelbase will provide extra space to the rear passengers, therefore offering more comfort.

The rear compartment gets two executive seats as standard which are positioned farther back. Although the German automaker didn’t reveal much detail about the interior of the car, but the single image shows each occupants at the rear gets his or her personal space, individual touchscreen. Mercedes really excels in making specially protected vehicles with their 85 years of experience in building special protection cars. This car doesn’t show anything which will give you hint about the highest level of protection it wears. Moreover statesmen and business tycoons will love this car instantly for its sheerest luxury on offer.

DRIVETRAIN

Mercedes seems pretty tight lipped about the most protected car from their stable. There’s no specific information available about the drivetrain. But the car might use the same powertrain which is available under the hood of Mercedes-Maybach S600. Therefore the new car might get a 6.0 litre biturbo V12 engine under the hood which will kick out 523 hp peak power and enormous 829.76 Nm peak torque. The normal variant Mercedes-Maybach S600 takes 5 seconds to reach 0-100 kmph, but with all the added weight of armour plates and heavy steel the new Guard variant might take a bit more time, which might be around 7 seconds, which is still way much faster than several cars. The 2015 S600 Guard had a topspeed of 210 kmph. The transmission duty in the new car might be done by the 7 G-Tronic transmission.

ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION

Engine 6.0 litre biturbo V12
Transmission 7G-Tronic automatic
Maximum power 523 hp
Maximum torque 829.76 Nm
0-100 kmph 7 seconds
Top speed 210 kmph

PRICE

The Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard might look like the regular S600, but if you look at the price tag your eyebrows will shot up and you will eventually know, this is not a regular car. The new highly protected car is priced at €470,000 plus VAT, which means in Indian currency it would be priced more than INR. 3.56 crores. That’s some hefty amount. Not only that. Mercedes won’t sell this car publicly, but they will verify the buyers before selling the car. No doubt, Mercedes is taking all these strict procedures to restrict the criminals accessing the care and its technologies.

COMPETITION

AUDI A8L SECURITY

If we talk about VR10 ballistic protection level, then Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard will be the first undoubtedly. Actually it doesn’t have any competitor, but there is a close one from Audi with VR9 ballistic protection. The Audi A8L Security is the most protected Audi ever built. It is available in two different powertrain options. Audi A8L Security comes with a 4.0 litre biturbo V8 engine mated to an 8 speed Tiptronic transmission which pumps out 435 hp peak power and 600 Nm peak torque. On the other hand there is a more powerful variant with 6.3 litre W12 engine paired with 8 speed Tiptronic transmission which churns out 500 hp peak power and 625 Nm peak torque. In India Audi sells the car with a price tag of INR. 11,295,000 (Ex-showroom Delhi).

Read the Audi A8L Security review here

CONCLUSION

Mercedes has done a great job maintain the normal variant look yet making the new car VR10 compliant. If we talk about the high pricing, then we should first remember Mercedes didn’t make this car keeping the regular buyers in mind. But this one is for the statesmen, business leaders and other VVIPs. And who can keep a tag on personal safety.

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PRESS RELEASE

The new Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard: The world’s first passenger car with the highest protection level

Stuttgart. The special-protection version of the Mercedes-Maybach is the first vehicle to be certified with the highest ballistic protection level VR10 for civilian vehicles. These guidelines specify that the bodywork and windows must be able to withstand hardened steel core bullets fired from an assault rifle. When it comes to blast protection in accordance with Directive ERV 2010, too, the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard leads the luxury class. With the new record the Mercedes-Maybach emphasises its exclusive position as a Mercedes-Benz flagship in terms of occupant protection, too. The price of the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard is €470,000 plus VAT.

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class fuses the perfection of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with the exclusivity of Maybach. At 5453 mm long and with a wheelbase of 3365 mm, the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz model range is 20 cm larger in both dimensions than the S-Class Saloon with long wheelbase. Rear passengers benefit from this increased size, as well as from standard equipment that includes executive seats on both left and right and other exclusive details such as innovative voice amplification.

Heads of state and business leaders en route have never been as comfortable and simultaneously as well protected as they are in the new Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard. The armoured version of the Mercedes flagship delivers the highest levels of ballistic and blast protection available for non-military vehicles, at the same time offering unsurpassed standards of spaciousness, ride comfort and luxury on-board features. The rear seats have been repositioned further back, adding to the sense of privacy.

Part of the protection concept is that it takes a very keen eye to distinguish the armoured version of the Maybach from its series-produced counterpart. A series of special technical features also ensures that the Maybach S-Class remains mobile during and after an attack and is therefore able to exit the danger zone.

The new Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard has been officially certified by the Ballistics Authority in Ulm; for the first time it meets the requirements for VR10 protection rating according to Directive BRV 2009 Version 2 (Bullet Resistant Vehicles). These guidelines specify that the bodywork and windows must be able to withstand hardened steel core bullets fired from an assault rifle. The vehicle also has an ERV 2010 rating (Explosive Resistant Vehicles). The test criteria used to determine this rating are not in the public domain. After inspection by Germany’s Federal Office of Criminal Investigation, the vehicle was approved without any constraints.

The Guard principle: sophisticated integration of all protective elements

The armouring of the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard follows the principle of integrated protection based on many years of Mercedes-Benz experience in building special-protection vehicles. The key advantages are:

Outstanding strength and stability thanks to specific reinforcement of the base structure which is integrated into the bodyshell production stage.

The high level of comfort is maintained by sophisticated integration and intelligent overlapping of all protective elements.

Already at the bodyshell stage, protective components of special steel are integrated into the cavities between the body structure and the outer skin. Special aramid and PE components help ensure the protection offered by the vehicle. Intelligent overlapping systems at particularly critical points, such as material transitions and interstices, provide comprehensive ballistic protection.

The windows are a fixed and essential part of the protective elements and particular attention was paid to selecting the appropriate materials and thicknesses. The windows are coated with polycarbonate on the inside for splinter protection, and have outstanding visual characteristics, despite their laminated structure.

The interaction between all the components provides the occupants with a highly effective protective space which not only includes ballistic protection, but also comprehensive protection against explosive devices. In the event of an explosive charge detonating at the side of the vehicle, the armouring protects the occupants as effectively as it does in an assault with explosives beneath the vehicle: the new underbody armouring, already tried and tested in the S-Class, entirely covers the underbody under the occupant compartment, a unique feature in the civilian special-protection segment.

The Guard family: special protection ex factory

In addition to the new Mercedes-Maybach S 600, the Mercedes-Benz Guard range currently includes S-Class, G-Class and GLE models. With special-protection vehicles in six model series, Mercedes-Benz offers a more extensive range of special-protection vehicles than any other manufacturer. As in the case of series-produced models, the full manufacturer’s warranty also applies to the models in the Guard family. All the Mercedes-Benz service outlets worldwide are also able to service, maintain or carry out any necessary repairs to the Guard models.

Mercedes-Benz G 500 Guard: The G 500 Guard is equipped with a 5.5-litre V8 engine and highest protection to VR7 (according to BRV 2009).

Mercedes-Benz GLE Guard: Available as GLE 350 d 4MATIC and as GLE 500 4MATIC. As a special-protection vehicle, the GLE Guard meets all requirements of protection levels VR4 or VR6 (according to BRV 2009) and ERV 2010.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Guard: Available as an eight-cylinder (long-wheelbase S 500) and as a twelve-cylinder (long-wheelbase S 600). The special-protection version of the new S-Class, presented in 2014, was the first vehicle to be fully certified with the highest ballistic protection level VR9 (according to BRV 2009, version 2). When it comes to protection against explosives, the S-Class proved its capability by fulfilling the requirements of ERV 2010 (roof, floor, sides) and Germany’s Federal Office of Criminal Investigation.

Experience: Mercedes-Benz has been building special-protection vehicles for over 85 years

It started way back with the 1928 Nürburg 460 model, when Daimler-Benz became the first company to begin factory-fitting saloons with special protective features to shield the occupants from gunshots and explosives. Mercedes-Benz also developed specially protected variants of subsequent luxury-class and prestige vehicles such as the "Grand Mercedes" 770 and the 500 model. Emperor Hirohito of Japan personally selected an armoured "Grand Mercedes" as his official car. Today the vehicle, delivered in 1935, can be seen in the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Untertürkheim.

Many politicians and heads of state followed the emperor’s example and entrusted their safety and security to Mercedes-Benz special-protection vehicles. From 1965 onwards Mercedes-Benz offered numerous models with special protection. In addition to the legendary Mercedes-Benz 600 Saloon and Pullman Saloon models, in the 1970s and 1980s the range included the 280 SEL 3.5 and V8 S-Class models, the 350 SE/SEL and 450 SE/SEL as well as the 380 SE/SEL to 560 SEL. Since 1979 Mercedes-Benz has also been building G-Class models with protective systems.

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