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New Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard Revealed

Snapshot: It is the first vehicle to be certified with the highest ballistic protection level VR10 for civilian vehicles.

Mercedes-Maybach has revealed the new S600 Guard, which is the first vehicle to be certified with the highest ballistic protection level VR10 for civilian vehicles. Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard is priced at €470,000 (Around Rs. 3.56 Crores) in Germany. Just so you know, when it comes to blast protection in accordance with Directive ERV 2010, too, the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard leads the luxury class. The company had launched the S600 Guard in India in May 2015 at Rs. 8.9 Crores (Ex. Showroom), but it had VR9 protection level.

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class fuses the perfection of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with the exclusivity of Maybach. At 5453 mm long and with a wheelbase of 3365 mm, possibly the world's safest car is 20 cm larger in both dimensions than the S-Class saloon with long wheelbase. Rear passengers benefit from this increased size, as well as from standard equipment that includes executive seats on both left and right and other exclusive details such as innovative voice amplification. The armoured version of the Mercedes flagship delivers the highest levels of ballistic and blast protection available for non-military vehicles. The rear seats have been repositioned further back, adding to the sense of privacy.

The new Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard has been officially certified by the Ballistics Authority in Ulm; for the first time it meets the requirements for VR10 protection rating according to Directive BRV 2009 Version 2 (Bullet Resistant Vehicles). These guidelines specify that the bodywork and windows must be able to withstand hardened steel core bullets fired from an assault rifle. The vehicle also has an ERV 2010 rating (Explosive Resistant Vehicles). The test criteria used to determine this rating are not in the public domain. After inspection by Germany's Federal Office of Criminal Investigation, the vehicle was approved without any constraints.

The high level of comfort is maintained by sophisticated integration and intelligent overlapping of all protective elements. Already at the bodyshell stage, protective components of special steel are integrated into the cavities between the body structure and the outer skin. Special aramid and PE components help ensure the protection offered by the vehicle. Intelligent overlapping systems at particularly critical points, such as material transitions and interstices, provide comprehensive ballistic protection. The windows are a fixed and essential part of the protective elements. The windows are coated with polycarbonate on the inside for splinter protection, and have outstanding visual characteristics, despite 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 comprehensive protection against explosive devices. In the event of an explosive charge detonating at the side of the vehicle, the armouring protects the occupants as effectively as it does in an assault with explosives beneath the vehicle: the new underbody armouring, already tried and tested in the S-Class, entirely covers the underbody under the occupant compartment, a unique feature in the civilian special-protection segment.

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