Mercedes-Benz has updated its range of special protection models with the new S 600 Guard based on the new S-Class. With first-class comfort, an AIRMATIC suspension, powerful V12 engine, intelligent driver assistance systems, and unrestricted day-to-day suitability, the new flagship Guard model sets a new standard as “the first vehicle to have been comprehensively certificated for highest ballistic protection in resistance class VR9.” At the bodyshell stage, protective components of special steel are integrated into the cavities between the body structure and the outer skin. The glass areas are coated with polycarbonate on the inside for splinter protection, and have outstanding visual characteristics thanks to their laminated structure.
The interaction between all the components provides the occupants with a highly effective protective space which not only includes ballistic protection, but also protection against explosive devices. Innovative underbody armoring almost entirely covers the underbody for the first time – a unique feature in the civilian special protection segment. Despite the extensive protective measures, the S 600 Guard is externally hardly distinguishable from the standard model. The S 600 Guard delivers superior performance thanks to its V12 engine, which now generates 530 hp. Thanks to 612 lb. ft. of torque and the 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, the S-Guard combines lower fuel consumption with impressive acceleration for a rapid escape from the danger zone when under threat.