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Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard lets VIPs be protected in comfort

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The S 600 Guard has steel, aramid and polyethylene components built into its structure for protection
The S 600 Guard has steel, aramid and polyethylene components built into its structure for protection
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The S 600 Guard has a VR10 protection rating awarded by the Ballistics Authority
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The S 600 Guard has a VR10 protection rating awarded by the Ballistics Authority
The bodywork and windows of the S 600 Guard can withstand hardened steel core bullets fired from an assault rifle
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The bodywork and windows of the S 600 Guard can withstand hardened steel core bullets fired from an assault rifle
The S 600 Guard provides "comprehensive protection" against explosive devices
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The S 600 Guard provides "comprehensive protection" against explosive devices
The S 600 Guard has a reinforced base structure integrated into the bodyshell
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The S 600 Guard has a reinforced base structure integrated into the bodyshell
The S 600 Guard has steel, aramid and polyethylene components built into its structure for protection
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The S 600 Guard has steel, aramid and polyethylene components built into its structure for protection
The S 600 Guard has thick fixed windows made of "special material"
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The S 600 Guard has thick fixed windows made of "special material"
The S 600 Guard has underbody armor that provides protection from explosives beneath the vehicle
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The S 600 Guard has underbody armor that provides protection from explosives beneath the vehicle
The S 600 Guard has "special technical features" to keep it mobile in the event of an attack so that it can escape danger
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The S 600 Guard has "special technical features" to keep it mobile in the event of an attack so that it can escape danger
The S 600 Guard is 5,453 mm (215 in) long, giving rear passengers plenty of legroom
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The S 600 Guard is 5,453 mm (215 in) long, giving rear passengers plenty of legroom
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Mercedes-Maybach has unveiled a special-protection model of its luxurious S 600 limousine, with the highest level of ballistic protection for civilian vehicles. The S 600 Guard is aimed at the likes of heads of state and business leaders who may be concerned about bullets or explosives being aimed at them.

Mercedes boasts that the Guard offers "unsurpassed standards of spaciousness, ride comfort and luxury on-board features." At a length of 5,453 mm (215 in), it's 200 mm (7.9 in) longer than the S-Class Saloon, with rear passengers benefiting by way of extra legroom.

Its VR10 protection rating, awarded by the Ballistics Authority in Ulm, Germany, requires that a vehicle's bodywork and windows must be able to withstand hardened steel core bullets fired from an assault rifle. Car occupants are also said to be afforded "comprehensive protection" against explosive devices.

Among the protective measures of the Guard are a reinforced base structure integrated into the bodyshell. Steel components are fitted in the cavities between the inner and outer skins of the vehicle, with aramid and polyethylene components also employed.

The S 600 Guard is 5,453 mm (215 in) long, giving rear passengers plenty of legroom
The S 600 Guard is 5,453 mm (215 in) long, giving rear passengers plenty of legroom

The car's windows are fixed and made of thick, "specially selected material." In addition, they are coated with polycarbonate on the inside to protect vehicle occupants from any potential glass splinters.

Elsewhere, underbody armor provides protection from explosives beneath the vehicle and Mercedes says there are "special technical features" to keep the Guard mobile in the event of an attack so that it can escape danger.

The S 600 joins the S-Class, G-Class and GLE models that also have Guard models. It is priced at a cool €470,000 (US$518,000) plus VAT.

Source: Daimler

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Stephen N Russell
Nice, rather ride this than some std Caddy limosuine. Sweet ride. Must for select limosuine firms alone, esp in So CA & Wash DC