New Mercedes S-Class fitted as S-Guard special protection vehicle
before leaving the plant
Stuttgart, 11/10/2005 - Mercedes-Benz is rounding out the new S-Class
series with an armoured special protection version. Because the new
S-Guard's protective features are integrated into the vehicle before it
leaves the production plant, it offers an unsurpassed level of
protection against terrorist attacks and the threat of violent crime.
Such top-quality protection is impossible to provide by retrofitting a
vehicle with armour. Customers will be able to purchase the new model
- the Mercedes-Benz S 600 Guard with a 12-cylinder engine -
beginning in 2006.
With the new S-Guard, Mercedes-Benz is continuing an uninterrupted
tradition of developing special protection vehicles that stretches back
almost 80 years. Following the principle of integrated special
protection, specialists with many years of experience in protection
technology will be producing the new top model in the Guard family of
vehicles in Sindelfingen. In accordance with this principle, the
protective elements for the doors, rear wall, side components, roof
lining and bulkhead are not installed in a vehicle after it rolls off
the production line; they are integrated into the vehicle's body
right from the start in a separate production process. This also makes
it possible to include all the protective reinforcements in the body
structure from the start. The higher weight of these protective
elements ensures that the body will have the same high quality that is
a hallmark of Mercedes-Benz series models. This results in the highest
degree of comprehensive protection while maintaining the characteristic
Mercedes standards of production quality, even in parts of the vehicle
that would be nearly impossible to access afterwards.
The integration of the protective elements causes virtually no
reduction of the new S-Class' interior space, which provides all
passengers with first-class luxury, outstanding comfort and superior
performance. The generous dimensions of the chassis components and
brakes ensure that the Mercedes-Benz S-Guard saloon displays handling
properties almost identical to series models so that the driver always
enjoys an optimal driving experience. In addition, the chassis design
ensures that the level of comfort typical of Mercedes-Benz is
undiminished, despite the higher weight.
The Mercedes-Benz S 600 Guard's enhanced 12-cylinder biturbo engine
(380 kW/517 hp) offers dynamic power reserves, giving the luxury saloon
the sports car-like performance needed to escape any dangerous
situation as quickly as possible.
The Mercedes-Benz S 600 Guard provides protection that meets the
specifications of the B6/B7 protection standard, which is the maximum
level. Military-grade small arms fire cannot penetrate the vehicle's
armour, which also protects occupants from hand grenade shrapnel and
other explosive devices. Additional security features include tyres
with run-flat properties, a self-sealing fuel tank and an alarm system
for endangered occupants.