Mercedes S600 Guard oozes with safety – and luxury
When it comes to cars, there are functional, soccer mom type models which offer plenty of value for your hard earned money, but if you happen to be someone of note in society, not to mention have plenty of money left over in your bank account without having a good idea on how to spend that extra dough in a flashy manner, perhaps reading about this new Mercedes might help you out. The luxury car manufacturer has just announced the Mercedes S600 Guard which does look pretty much like that of a standard issue S Class, which is the most luxurious and largest model among all the other Mercedes vehicles. What makes the Mercedes S600 Guard different from the vanilla model of the S600?
For starters, it might just save your life. How so? Well, it is a bullet- and bomb-proof Mercedes, and that ought to give you plenty of comfort, especially if you happen to live in a country where business rivals hire local thugs to use force with wanton abandon against each other, or if you happen to be traveling through war torn areas with resident warlords who have easy access to firearms. Getting from point A to point B in style, you can also arrive at a moment’s notice, too, thanks to the massive 6.0-litre V12 engine which cranks out 525bhp and 612lb ft of torque.
The engine allows the Mercedes S600 Guard to hit a top speed of 130mph, which is 25mph slower than the limited S600, but that is because the body is so much heavier, being made out of protective steel that has been integrated between the structure and outer skin. Not only that, there is also what Mercedes calls ‘splinter’ protection, alongside thick glass that has been coated with polycarbonate on the inside. Fret not about your tires getting flat to leave you stranded in an emergency, it relies on Michelin PAX run-flat tyres that lets you travel up to another 19 miles even when damaged.
Not only that, there is also armor that protects the whole underbody, keeping its occupants protected against subterranean IEDS. It can resist rifle-fire from military weapons at a velocity that is twice that of handgun bullets, while offering resistance to splinters from hand grenades and explosive charges. One thing’s for sure, this is not going to be an invisible ride from the German automaker.