Mercedes-Benz India has officially confirmed that it would launch the armored edition S600 Guard of its flagship offering S-Class on May 21, 2015 in the country. Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard would provide VR9-level of ballistics protection to all its occupants. It is the third armored vehicle from the German luxury automaker after the first two being the E Guard and the M Guard in India.
The body of Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard has been strengthened along with the doors and windows to ensure maximum protection. The doors and windows are quite thick as compared to the standard S-Class. Moreover, the windows are so heavy that they require a hydraulic lift to open and close. Also, the S600 Guard's underbody is protected with extra plating to counter IED threats. The Airmatic suspension system is retuned to accommodate the extended weight; however, the company isn't expected to disclose the exact weight gain.
As far as the brakes are concerned, they now boast larger rotors and six-piston calipers up front. The Mercedes S600 Guard can run on flat tyres (zero air pressure) for 28 kms. The specially designed Michelin PAX run flat tyres are installed in the S600 Guard for this special purpose. In addition, the armored vehicle also has an automatic fire suppression system and an emergency fresh air system to minimize the threats of fire in the vehicle. As for features, the S 600 Guard boasts all the features the standard S-class and comes with an option of a four or a five-seat layout.
Talking about the engine, the Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard is powered by the company's flagship 6.0-liter V12 petrol engine. It generates a massive power of 522bhp and peak torque of 830Nm, while paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It has a top speed of 210kmph, due to its heavy weight. The S600 Guard can remain unaffected to even 7.62x51mm rifle rounds on multiple areas of the body from various angles. The German luxury automaker would also launch the S63 AMG in the country after S600 Guard's launch.