The Bunker Limousine: Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard
|   Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Times right now are not exactly propitious for great leaders of state to travel in convertibles. Not now, maybe not ever.
That’s why over several decades the Mercedes-Benz brand has proposed armored versions of its models. And now comes the time to reveal perhaps the most imposing armored limousine ever created - the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard!

The Motor Show in Paris will not offer visiting reasons only for those who wish to admire the new models launched by famous brands in the market, but also for the crowned heads, presidents or celebrities who want to travel into a top car that would protect them in case of need against armed attacks from outside.

One of these points of interest will be the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard, a car that combines ultimate luxury provided by Mercedes in 2016 with ballistic and explosion protection, a “
“disease” which is becoming more common worldwide.

With a length of 6.5 meters and a total weight of 5.1 tons, the new model is an impressive appearance even before we learn that we are talking about an armored bodywork and glass surfaces. The passenger compartment, in which the four seats are facing each other isolated from the driver through a wall of opaque glass, is filtered by tinted windows, so that the model produced by Mercedes and signed Maybach can be presented as a fully-fledged limousine.

Obviously, the construction of such a model began from the chassis, where special materials such as high strength aramid fibers begin to cover places that normally are laid bare on the street models. Even though Mercedes-Benz does not provide many details on the areas which received increased attention at the level of armor - for understandable reasons - we learn, for example, that the doors are so heavy that they need a motorized mechanism which facilitates the opening and closing effort. Overall, Mercedes has built a machine that rises to the VR9 ballistic resistance class (absolute peak for armored cars). It also ensures ERV 2010standard, regarding the protection from explosions.

If needed, Mercedes can customize the car with sirens, flashing lights, special communication systems or mouthpieces and external loudspeakers.
Obviously, it needed an engine with serious dynamic potentially so that the limousine of over 5 tons will have the necessary resources available to actually move. In this case we are talking about a V12 engine with a displacement of 6.0 liters that develops 530 hp and reaches peak torque of 830 Nm, from 1900 rpm. The maximum speed it can reach is electronically limited to 160 km / h, but the limitation will be probably the first item removed by future clients, when they get the car shipped.

Deliveries of the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard will begin in the second half of 2017. If an S 600 Pullman “regular” starts from half a million euros, the price for the armored version is almost three times higher - 1.4 million euros, or around 275,000 euros per ton of armor!
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