2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard is here, ready to protect you

Article by Andrew Christian, on August 5, 2014

Dear Mr. President, this is your new 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard based on the new S-Class! According to Mercedes-Benz, this is the first vehicle certified for highest ballistic protection in resistance class VR9. What’s more interesting is that the S600 Guard looks just like the standard model, featuring the LED High Performance headlamps and the same LED rear lights as well as the same emphatic design lines.

Inside, there is plenty of space and for the first time the S600 Guard is available as a 4-seater and as a 5-seater. Mercedes-Benz says that its new armoured sedan comes with the Chauffeur package, which has a chauffeur position for the front passenger seat, Executive seat in the rear on the front passenger, Rear Seat Comfort package which brings multicontour outer rear seats, seat heating Plus and Energizing massage function.

Moreover, the S600 Guard features the Rear Pre-Safe package with illuminated belt buckle extenders, Pre-Safe belt tensioners and beltbags for the outer rear seats, First-Class rear suite with a Business console, Business telephony, Warmth Comfort package and Air-Balance Package.

As an option, Mercedes-Benz offers a rear reading lamp with LED lights. Under the hood, there is the 6.0-liter V12 engine found on the standard model that generates 530 hp (290 kW) and 830 Nm of torque. The engine is bolted to a 7G-Tronic transmission and for weight reasons the top speed is electronically limited at 210 km/h or 130 mph.

Furthermore, the S600 Guard comes with reinforced and redimensioned suspension components, ESP, ASR, Airmatic air suspension with variable damper control but also with larger 6-piston brake calipers and larger brake discs. The wheels are wrapped as standard in Michelin PAX run-flat tyres and the vehicle features an additional tyre pressure monitoring system which allows it to escape from the danger zone up to a distance of 30 km (18.6 miles) even with damaged tyres.

As an option, Mercedes-Benz offers the Driver Assitance Package Plus, which includes assistance systems such as DISTRONIC PLUS with Stop&Go Pilot, BAS PLUS Brake, Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist, PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian recognition and ESP, and an electric parking brake.

Also as an option we have the Night View Assist Plus, LED Intelligent Light System and a 360 degrees camera. And this is not all because Mercedes-Benz offers opaque roller blinds all-round in the rear, heated windscreen and side windows, easily operated panic alarm system, fire extinguisher system with automatic activation, emergency fresh air system protecting occupants from the ingress of smoke or irritant gases, hydraulic power for the heavy side windows, gimbal LED reading lamps in the rear and a special cooling compartment in the rear. [source: Mercedes-Benz]

Press Release

Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard

Mercedes-Benz has updated its range of special protection models with the new S600 Guard based on the new S-Class. The S600 Guard provides all-round protection to the level of resistance class VR9 (both in transparent and non-transparent areas). With first-class comfort, an outstanding AIRMATIC suspension, powerful V12 engine, intelligent driver assistance systems and unrestricted day-to-day suitability, the new flagship Guard model sets an unprecedented new standard in this segment, seamlessly continuing the long tradition of armoured special protection models from Mercedes-Benz.

With its Guard models, Mercedes-Benz has the world's widest range of special protection vehicles available ex factory. The Mercedes-Benz Guard range currently has models from the S, E, M and G-Class. The latest member of the Guard family is the Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard.

No weak spots - integrated special protection

The armouring of the S600 Guard follows the principle of integrated protection based on many years of Mercedes-Benz experience in building special protection vehicles. The major advantages are:

Outstanding strength and stability thanks to specific reinforcement of the base structure which is integrated into the bodyshell production stage.

The high level of comfort is maintained by sophisticated integration and intelligent overlapping of all protective elements.

Already at the bodyshell stage, protective components of special steel are integrated into the cavities between the body structure and the outer skin. Special aramide and PE components provide additional splinter protection. Intelligent overlapping systems at particularly critical points ensure comprehensive ballistic protection.

The glass areas are an essential part of the protective concept. They are coated with polycarbonate on the inside for splinter protection, and have outstanding visual characteristics thanks to their laminated structure. Particular attention is devoted to the protective performance of the glass areas, with an appropriate choice of materials and thicknesses.

The interaction between all the components provides the occupants with a highly effective protective space which not only includes ballistic protection, but also comprehensive protection against explosive devices. The occupants are effectively protected by the armouring if a splintering explosive charge is fired at close range on either side.

With its sophisticated and strong protective system, the new S600 Guard has immediately met all the personal protection requirements of the relevant authorities in Germany, and is the first vehicle to have been comprehensively certificated for highest ballistic protection in resistance class VR9 (according to BRV 2009, version 2).

Where explosive charges are concerned, the new S-Guard has demonstrated its protective capabilities by meeting the requirements of ERV2010 and the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation. Innovative underbody armouring almost entirely covers the underbody for the first time, a unique feature in the civilian special protection segment.

Discretion as a matter of course

Despite the extensive protective measures, the S600 Guard is externally hardly distinguishable from the standard model. Its exterior has the same emphatic lines that already suggest power and dynamism when at standstill, the same striking design of the LED High Performance headlamps and the same LED rear light clusters inset like gemstones. 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.

Protection without compromises

The S600 Guard has a generously spacious interior. Like the flagship S-Class model, the S600 Guard excels with exemplary headroom and elbow room in the rear, and is also in a class by itself in this segment in terms of comfort dimensions such as entry height and door apertures. In addition, for the first time and as the only car in this segment, the new S600 Guard is available both as a 4-seater and as a fully-fledged 5-seater, and offers unrestricted day-to-day suitability by virtue of a 350-litre boot capacity and high payload.

Thanks to the intelligently integrated armouring, the Guard version retains the first-class ambience of the S-Class Saloon for its occupants, and meets the highest expectations with regard to perceived quality, appointments and comfort. The comfort features of the standard model, and especially its innovations, are also almost without exception available for the S-Guard. These include:

The Chauffeur package, which has a chauffeur position for the front passenger seat, EASY ADJUST luxury head restraints for the driver and front passenger, folding and removable on the front passenger side, and footrests electrically extendable on the front passenger side.
The Executive seat in the rear on the front passenger side has a legrest and cushionbag.
The Rear Seat Comfort package includes multicontour outer rear seats, seat heating Plus and now also the ENERGIZING massage function.
The Rear PRE-SAFE® package with illuminated belt buckle extenders, PRE-SAFE® belt tensioners and beltbags for the outer rear seats, assisted closing for the doors and boot lid.
The First-Class rear suite with a continuous Business console transforms the rear into a mobile office with two individual seats.
Business telephony in the rear features a handset with touchscreen and a separate hands-free zone in the rear.
The Warmth Comfort package pleasantly warms all surfaces with which the passengers come into contact.
The AIR-BALANCE package, including ionisation, improved air filtering and fragrancing.
A rear reading lamp with newly developed LED lights is also optionally available for the S600 Guard.

Twelve-cylinder powerpack

The S600 Guard delivers superior performance thanks to its V12 petrol engine, which now generates 390 kW (530 hp) and therefore has even more pulling power than the engine of the preceding model. Thanks to 830 Nm of torque and the 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission, which is available with the V12 engine for the first time, the S-Guard combines lower fuel consumption with impressive acceleration for a rapid escape from the danger zone when under threat. For weight reasons the top speed is electronically limited to 210 km/h.

Highly efficient air suspension

The S600 Guard offers its passengers outstanding ride comfort and excellent driving dynamics to a high Mercedes standard. This is ensured by the AIRMATIC air suspension with variable damper control, as well as reinforced, redimensioned suspension components and adapted control functions such as ESP® or ASR to cope with the increased vehicle weight. The air springs at the front are reinforced, for example, and additional steel springs are used at the rear axle. As in the unarmoured S-Class, all-round level control also maintains a constant vehicle level irrespective of the payload in the S‑Guard. In the S600 Guard it also compensates the reduced ground clearance caused by the underbody armour.

The brakes of the S-Guard are considerably larger than those of the standard model, so that the extra weight can be safely handled. Larger 6-piston brake callipers and significantly larger brake discs are used at the front axle, for example. The rear brakes are also of larger dimensions than on the standard model.

Standard equipment on the S600 Guard includes Michelin PAX run-flat tyres with an additional tyre pressure monitoring system which allows an escape from the danger zone up to a distance of 30 km even with damaged tyres.

Intelligent assistance systems

The S600 Guard is also equipped with the latest technical innovations that make the Mercedes-Benz S-Class a shining example of passenger car development in general and the world's best-selling luxury saloon. As part of Intelligent Drive, these optionally include assistance systems which considerably enhance comfort and safety.

The following options are available:

Driver Assistance package PLUS - this includes the assistance systems DISTRONIC PLUS with Stop&Go Pilot, BAS PLUS Brake, Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist, PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian recognition and ESP®, and an electric parking brake.
Night View Assist Plus
LED Intelligent Light System
360° camera
Guard-specific equipment for more comfort and safety

In addition Mercedes-Benz offers further optional extras which were specifically developed for the S-Guard. These include:

opaque roller blinds all-round in the rear
heated windscreen and side windows
easily operated panic alarm system
fire extinguisher system with automatic activation
emergency fresh air system protecting occupants from the ingress of smoke or irritant gases
hydraulic power for the heavy side windows
gimbal LED reading lamps in the rear
special cooling compartment in the rear
As in the case of standard production models, the full manufacturer's warranty also applies to the S600 Guard and the other models in the Guard family. All the Mercedes-Benz service outlets worldwide are also able to service, maintain or carry out any necessary repairs for the Guard models.

 

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