On May 21, 2015, the lives of
the super rich in India will get a tad safer, provided they buy the new Mercedes-Benz
S 600 Guard which will be launched in the country at the Buddh International
Circuit (BIC). The new S 600 Guard is based on the new S-Class. The car is expected to cost a few crores of rupees. According to
the company, the S 600 Guard provides all-round protection to the level of
resistance class VR9 (both in transparent and non-transparent areas). With
first-class comfort, an outstanding Airmatic suspension, powerful V12 engine,
intelligent driver assistance systems and unrestricted day-to-day suitability,
the new flagship Guard model sets an unprecedented new standard in this
segment, seamlessly continuing the long tradition of armoured special
protection models from Mercedes-Benz, says a company report.
The V12 petrol engine generates 530 hp and 830 Nm of peak torque
and is mated to the 7G-Tronic automatic transmission, which is available with
the V12 engine for the first time. The S-Guard combines lower fuel consumption
with impressive acceleration for a rapid escape from the danger zone when under
threat. For weight reasons the top speed is electronically limited to 210 kmph.
Ride comfort and excellent driving dynamics are ensured with
the help of Airmatic air suspension with variable damper control, as well as
reinforced, redimensioned suspension components and adapted control functions
such as ESP or ASR to cope with the increased vehicle weight. The air springs
at the front are reinforced, for example, and additional steel springs are used
at the rear axle. As in the unarmoured S-Class, all-round level control also
maintains a constant vehicle level irrespective of the payload in the S-Guard. In the S 600 Guard it also compensates the reduced ground
clearance caused by the under-body armour.
The brakes of the S-Guard are considerably larger than those
of the standard model, so that the extra weight can be safely handled. Larger
6-piston brake callipers and significantly larger brake discs are used at the
front axle, for example. The rear brakes are also of larger dimensions than on
the standard model.
Standard equipment on the S 600 Guard includes Michelin PAX
run-flat tyres with an additional tyre pressure monitoring system which allows
an escape from the danger zone up to a distance of 30 km even with damaged
Pic Caption: Controls in the centre console for the technology
accommodated in the boot, such as the fresh air supply and emergency start
With its Guard models,
Mercedes-Benz has the world's widest range of special protection vehicles
available ex factory. The Mercedes-Benz Guard range currently has models from
the S, E, M and G-Class. The latest member of the Guard family is the
Mercedes-Benz S 600 Guard.
You want to know how tough
this car is? The armouring of the S 600
Guard follows the principle of integrated protection based on many years of
Mercedes-Benz experience in building special protection vehicles. The major
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
Already at the bodyshell
stage, protective components of special steel are integrated into the cavities
between the body structure and the outer skin. Special aramide and PE
components provide additional splinter protection. Intelligent overlapping
systems at particularly critical points ensure comprehensive ballistic
The glass areas are an
essential part of the protective concept. They are coated with polycarbonate on
the inside for splinter protection, and have outstanding visual characteristics
thanks to their laminated structure. Particular attention is devoted to the
protective performance of the glass areas, with an appropriate choice of
materials and thicknesses.
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. The occupants are effectively protected by the
armouring if a splintering explosive charge is fired at close range on either
With its sophisticated and
strong protective system, the new S 600 Guard has immediately met all the
personal protection requirements of the relevant authorities in Germany, and is
the first vehicle to have been comprehensively certificated for highest
ballistic protection in resistance class VR9 (according to BRV 2009, version
Where explosive charges are
concerned, the new S-Guard has demonstrated its protective capabilities by
meeting the requirements of ERV2010 and the Federal Office of Criminal
Investigation (in Germany). Innovative underbody armouring almost entirely
covers the underbody for the first time, a unique feature in the civilian special
Despite the extensive
protective measures, the S 600 Guard is externally hardly distinguishable from
the standard model. Its exterior has the same emphatic , the same striking
design of the LED High Performance headlamps and the same LED rear light
clusters inset like gemstones. As the S 600 Guard is hardly recognisable as an
armoured saloon, it meets a further important requirement for special
protection vehicles: maximum discretion thanks to unobtrusiveness.
Like the flagship S-Class model, the S 600
Guard excels with exemplary headroom and elbow room in the rear, and is also in
a class by itself in this segment in terms of comfort dimensions such as entry
height and door apertures. In addition, for the first time and as the only car
in this segment, the new S 600 Guard is available both as a 4-seater and as a
fully-fledged 5-seater, and offers unrestricted day-to-day suitability by
virtue of a 350-litre boot capacity and high payload.
Thanks to the intelligently
integrated armouring, the Guard version retains the first-class ambience of the
S-Class Saloon for its occupants, and meets the highest expectations with
regard to perceived quality, appointments and comfort. The comfort features of
the standard model, and especially its innovations, are also almost without
exception available for the S-Guard.
In addition Mercedes-Benz offers further optional extras
which were specifically developed for the S-Guard. These include:
Opaque roller blinds all-round in the rear
Heated windscreen and side windows
Easily operated panic alarm system
Fire extinguisher system with automatic activation
Emergency fresh air system protecting occupants from the
ingress of smoke or irritant gases
Hydraulic power for the heavy side windows
Gimbal LED reading lamps in the rear
Special cooling compartment in the rear
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