Mercedes-Benz has confirmed its new Pullman flagship, the fifth member of the S-Class family, will be unveiled at the Geneva motor show, next month.
Expected to cost up to $1 million in its armour-plated version, the new Pullman will measure 6,4 meters in length, a full one meter more than the long-wheelbase Mercedes-Maybach it is based on. Its wheelbase will also be one meter longer, the super-luxury being set to offer a 2+2+2 seats arrangement, with the middle bench sporting rear-facing seats.
Mercedes’ new Pullman limousine will be offered in V12 guise only. The 6.0 liter engine develops the same 530 HP and 830 Nm like its shorter Mercedes-Maybach cousin. There will be no AMG version.
The original Mercedes-Benz Pullman 600 has become famous for its popularity with plutocrats, movie stars and dictators, with Uganda’s Idi Amin, Romania’s Nicolae Ceaucescu or Yugoslavia’s Josip Broz Tito, among its controversial owners.
Launched in 1963 at the Frankfurt motor show, the six-seater stretch limousine was over 6 meters long and came in closed and open-top (Landaulet) versions. With 250 HP from its 6,3-liter V8 on tap the Pullman reached a top speed of 200kph (124 mph). Its revolutionary hydraulic suspension allowed it to tackle bad quality roads easily even at high speeds, a difficult task considering it has weighted more than 3.4 tonnes in its armour-plated variant.
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