High-end protection: Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard
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High-end protection: Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard

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Protection never looked this luxurious. Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard is the newest, most exclusive high-end armored stretch limousine in the world. FULL DETAILS.

Heads of state and other individuals at particular risk now have a unique and exclusive vehicle at their disposal. The absolute flagship model from Mercedes-Maybach comes in one wheelbase with face-to-face seating configuration behind a glass partition. The window in the partition wall can be lowered electrically. It can also change from transparent to opaque at the touch of a button. This allows – in combination with the equally standard-specification curtains for the rear windows – for different levels of privacy. The standard-fit 16:9 format 18.5-inch (47 cm) monitor located in front of the partition wall can also be extended electrically.

The VIP occupants sit on two standard-specification executive seats facing the direction of travel. They can enjoy the largest legroom in the segment; and can get in and out of the car with the greatest of ease and comfort. As is typical for a Pullman, the four passengers can sit facing each other in the compartment with an electrically-operated partition wall.

With a length of approx. 6500 mm, the Pullman is another 1053 mm longer than the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. The wheelbase is an impressive 4418 mm. Furthermore, at 1598 mm in height, the Pullman is more than 100 mm taller than a Mercedes S-Class, resulting in tangibly more headroom.

The armouring of the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard follows the design principle of integrated protection based on many years of Mercedes-Benz experience in building special-protection vehicles. The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard provides complete protection of protection class VR9 (in transparent and non-transparent areas) and is certified for blast resistance in accordance with Directive ERV 2010.

The protection concept has been adapted to the special circumstances of the 6.50-metre-long saloon. With this in mind, the armouring in the rear underscores the special, private character of chauffeur-driven limousines: it is not the rear window that is armoured, but rather a steel bulkhead positioned behind the seats which secures the head area of the passengers. The kerb weight of the Pullman Guard is 5.1 tonnes, while its gross vehicle weight is 5.6 tonnes. From the outside, the special protection equipment is barely discernible, like on all S-Class Guard models. This comes courtesy of the dark-tinted windows in the passenger compartment, for example.

Maximum comfort is provided by the power-assisted opening and closing feature of the rear doors. An electric motor increases the manual force applied. As a result, the large and, due to their armouring, heavy doors are convenient to open and close. The windows are hydraulically opened – the current Pullman builds a technical bridge here to what is perhaps the most famous Pullman in history: the car from the 100 model series dating back to 1965.

The twin-turbo V-12 engine in the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman has an output of 390 kW (530 hp). It has a displacement of 5980 cc, and produces a peak torque of 830 Nm from 1900 rpm. The top speed of the Pullman Guard is electronically limited to 160 km/h.

The price of the non-armoured version starts at around half a million euro. The German list price of the Pullman Guard is just under 1.4 million euro (prices include VAT at 19% in each case). The first customers will receive their Mercedes-Maybach Pullman, which of course can once again be highly customised, in September 2016, and the first Guard versions will be delivered in the second half of 2017.

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