The new Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard was launched in the national capital on Tuesday by Dr Martin Ney, the German Ambassador to India, and Roland Folger, managing director and CEO, Mercedes Benz India.
It is the first civilian vehicle to be certified with the highest ballistic protection level VR10, and is one of the safest luxury spots on wheels in the world. The car is being sold at a price of Rs10.5 crore (ex-Delhi).
“Mercedes-Benz’s remains the most trusted brand globally in manufacturing ‘Guard’ vehicles since 1928,” said Folger. “It is hence not surprising that most of the global heads of states, top diplomats, business tycoons and celebrities prefer a ‘Guard’ vehicle.”
The vehicle was launched in India within 15 days of its international debut. “In 2015 we completely redefined the highly exclusive luxury sedan segment with the launch of the Mercedes-Maybach,” added Folger. “With the introduction of the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard, we have now created an unmatched offering in the segment and strongly reiterated our ‘technological leadership’ in the field of special protection vehicles.”
The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard is the pinnacle of luxury motoring coupled with the highest level of safety and security. The super luxury protection vehicle maintains the exquisite panache associated with the Maybach, coupled with the ground-breaking security features of Mercedes-Benz’s trademark ‘Guard’ range.
The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard delivers the highest levels of ballistic and blast protection, available for a non-military vehicle. Simultaneously, it offers unsurpassed levels of spaciousness, ride comfort and on-board luxury features. The rear seats have also been repositioned further back, adding to the sense of privacy.
Part of the protection concept is that it takes a very keen eye to distinguish the armoured version of the Maybach from its series-produced counterpart. A series of special technical features also ensures that the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard remains mobile during and also after an attack and is able to exit the danger zone.
The new Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard has been officially certified by the Ballistics Authority and for the first time, meets the highly stringent requirements for VR10 protection rating. 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). After inspection by Germany's Federal Office of Criminal Investigation, the vehicle was approved without any constraints.
The new vehicle delivers a superior performance thanks to its powerful V12 petrol engine, which generates 390 kW (530 hp) power. Thanks to 830 Nm of torque and the 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard combines lower fuel consumption with an impressive acceleration for a rapid escape from the danger zone when under threat. For weight reasons the top speed is electronically limited to 190 km/h.
The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard is also equipped with the latest technical innovations. As part of Intelligent Drive, these optionally include assistance systems which considerably enhance comfort and safety.