Mercedes S600 Guard is certified for the highest ballistic protection class — it can withstand rifle fire, protection from grenades and explosive charges. Prices start at R8.9 crore onwards.
Mercedes-Benz India on Thursday launched a car that can withstand a bomb blast. Called the S600 Guard, it is essentially the S-Class — the luxury limousine — turned into one of the safest cars on earth. The S600 Guard is certified for the highest ballistic protection class right now, called VR9. The company said the car can withstand rifle fire from military weapons and protection from grenades and explosive charges.
The S600 Guard was launched by Eberhard Kern, MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, and Markus Rubenbauer, head, Guard Sales, at the Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi. Prices start at Rs 8.9 crore onwards (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The car’s outstanding strength and stability is a result of specific reinforcement of the base structure that is integrated into the body shell. Similarly, the glass area is an essential part of the protective concept — the glass is coated with polycarbonate on the inside for protection against splinters.
Further, despite the extensive protective measures, the S600 Guard is hardly distinguishable from the standard model from the outside. “As the S600 Guard is hardly recognisable as an armoured saloon, it meets a further important requirement for special protection vehicles: maximum discretion thanks to unobtrusiveness,” the company added.