looks exactly like the regular S-Class, only a bit slower. Even though the S-Guard
looks like a regular four door saloon, it isn’t exactly what it seems. The
S-Guard is an armoured version of the regular S-Class and is designed to save
the lives of all the occupants inside, no matter what. It could be a grenade,
it could be a battalion of guerrilla soldiers with AK47s, or it could be a bomb
strapped underneath the car, nothing along these lines can pierce through the
armour plated structure of the S-Guard. Regardless of whatever you throw at it,
the S-class will keep moving.
place someone would probably want to shoot are the tyres to try and stop the
vehicles once your bullets ricochet off the 3 inch thick window and windscreen
glass. At full deflation, the run flat tyres are designed to keep the car
moving for 30kms. The wheels, the tyres, the inner rims are all reinforced with
steel internally and weigh 50 kilograms alone… each. Each door weighs 200kgs,
the firewall, the back of the rear seats, the bottom of the car and the roof
are all reinforced with steel armour plating. The total kerb weight of the car
is 2225kgs which is the exact total of a standard S-class with a standard
E-class on its roof. IT IS HEAVY!
To handle the
colossal added weight, both axles have been reinforced and instead of aluminium
parts, all have been replaced with reinforced steel parts and uprated brakes
all around. Just to cope with all that massive weight from all the armour.
feel all the weight even before you get in the car. At first when you open the
doors, you attempt to open it like you always have all your life. But you nudge
the handle and you begin to realise what everything is all about. Just to open
the 200kgs doors, you need to put your back into it. And when you do, you
notice a simple cabin waiting for you inside which is exactly the same as a
normal S-Class. All full of luxury, all full of finesse and German standards of
quality and refinement.
But all that
weight needs to move, so they unscrewed the 5 litre V8 and threw it out of the
factory window and bolted in a 6 litre twin turbo charged V12 which produces
530bhp mated to a 7 speed automatic transmission, it delivers 830Nm of torque.
It’s enough to move the moon out of orbit!... probably. I’m not a rocket
scientist, just trying to prove a point. I was thinking, all that weight and
all that power and torque, how does that work? I wanted to know, though it
sound epic on paper, how is it on tarmac? So I took it for a spin on our home
grown F1 track – Buddh International Circuit, for a small spin to get to grips
of how all this actually works.