Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard - Safety Is The Most Precious Luxury
|   Tuesday, March 08, 2016
The Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard sets the record for the most resistant armor offered to a civilian car.
If we look at armored vehicles marketed for private use, it would seem that money does not bring too many friendships. On the contrary, it could be said that the number of enemies increases as you have more money. Also, we are not talking about the kind of enemies who just gossip, the ones that prepare wars, with ammunition to match.

Mercedes-Benz has almost 90 years of experience in manufacturing armored cars with the launch of the armored Mercedes-Benz Nürburg 460 in 1928.
Since 1965, the German manufacturer began offering extensive protection in several models and, from 1979, armored versions for the legendary G-Class.

On the outside the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard is difficult to distinguish from the standard version, which is one of the main goals in creating the armored limousine. In this context, Mercedes-Benz has just announced that it offers a limo with the highest level of ballistic protection ever offered by a civilian vehicle.

We have an armored version of the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class which is 20 centimeters longer than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class long wheelbase. It has 5,453 mm in length and a 3,365 mm wheelbase with sophistication and luxurious amenities competing with the finest creations from Bentley and Rolls-Royce.
The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is designed for heads of state and leaders from the business world, as was proudly stated by Mercedes-Benz. Thus, the armored version now offers the highest level of ballistic protection and anti-explosives for non-military car. This justifies the price of 470,000 euros, excluding VAT.

Ballistics authority from Ulm has certified that the bodywork panels and the windows on the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard resist steel core bullets fired by assault weapons, meeting the maximum degree of protection VR10. However, the German Federal Office for Criminal Investigations confirmed that the machine resists attacks with explosives, being assigned ERV 2010 level of protection.

Special steel panels were inserted between the car's structure and bodywork panels. There are also components from a resistant material such as aramid. For joint and sensitive areas on the bodywork, they have created overlays that provide ballistic protection. The windows are fixed and have a polycarbonate layer on the inside, for protection against falling splinters.

The car is also resistant to explosions which happen both on its lateral parts, as well as beneath it. The floor below the passenger compartment is fully covered with armor, a trait that is unique among civilian armored cars.
The German manufacturer does not reveal any more secrets regarding the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard, but they do remind us that in the Mercedes-Benz Guard range there are armored versions of models like S Class (VR9 and ERV 2010), G Class 500 (VR7) and GLE ( VR4 and VR6 and ERV 2010).

Daimler Benz was the first company that installed right from the factory armor against bullets and explosives.
Since then, they have constantly produced luxury models with these specifications. Among major world leaders who have chosen these special models were Emperor Hirohito of Japan. His armored Grand Mercedes is currently exhibited at the Mercedes Museum.
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