Mercedes Benz S 600 Guard protection features explained
Mercedes Benz S 600 Guard previewed recently is now unveiled. Though it looks exactly like regular S Class, S Guard offers military grade protection to those who require it. Details of safety and protection features offered in latest generation of armoured S Class model are enclosed.
For starters, Mercedes Benz S 600 Guard has protective components made of special grade steel inserted into almost every cavity the regular S Class had between body structure and outer panels. Inserts are also made of special aramid and PE components to add to splinter and shrapnel shielding.
Glass areas, usually more vulnerable than body, bear polycarbonate coating to increase impact resistance against gunfire and fragments from a blast. Underbody of Mercedes Benz S 600 Guard is also covered with armouring, almost to the entire span. Mercedes S Guard complies with supreme ballistic protection (resistance class VR9) throughout the car.
Not just ballistic shelter, Mercedes S 600 Guard also keeps occupants safe from close proximity explosions. S 600 Guard is available for first time as four seater and as five seater.
We recently learned about 10 cm thick windshield weighing 135 kg installed in S Guard, not the least of which contributes to heftiness of the armoured limousine. Yet, it is powered by same 6.0 litre bi-turbo V12 engine producing 530 PS (523 hp), coupled to 7G-Tronic automatic transmission. For weight reasons, top speed is limited electronically to 210 kmph (130 mph).
Shielded S Class offers supreme ride quality with standard Airmatic air shocks with reinforced suspension components. Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Acceleration Skid Control (ASC) are programmed to help the over weighted car to remain stable. Larger brakes are installed; Michelin PAX run-flat tyres are fitted as standard, which is overseen by tyre pressure monitoring system.
Rest of Guard-specific features include heated windscreen & side windows, hydraulic power for the heavy side windows, fire extinguisher with automatic activation and emergency fresh air system to protect occupants from infiltrated irritant gases or smoke.