Mercedes-Maybach launches the S 600 Guard

Oligarchs who want plenty of protection as they get driven about are going to be very interested in the new armoured Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard.

Special features include extra steel to reinforce the bodyshell and strategically-placed aramid elements (the same synthetic fibre that's used in body armour). What's more, the rear seats have been moved further back and the thickened windows – which can't be opened – have an interior polycarbonate coating to prevent splintering.

Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard (2016) Front Side

Consequently, the S 600 Guard has become the first civilian vehicle to be certified to the VR10 ballistics standard as per Directive BRV 2009 Version 2. This means that both the bodywork and the glass can withstand hardened steel-core bullets fired from an assault rifle.

Blast resistance is similarly impressive, as it achieved a ERV 2010 rating. However, the criteria used during that assessment remain confidential for obvious reasons.

Prices start from €470,000 plus VAT, or roughly £366,000 / US$518,000 at current exchange rates. Cost probably won't be too much of a concern for the car's target market, though.

Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard (2016) Rear SeatsMercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard (2016) Side

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