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Mercedes Maybach S600 Guard – A Tank in Civilian Vehicle’s Clothing

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If you value your own safety but at the same time enjoy comfortable leather seats, Maybach S600 Guard is the best choice for you. Read on to find out!


Daimler is very proud of its Mercedes S-class products because they are not only an engineering marvel, but their sales stand heads and shoulders above of that of the Audi A8 and BMW 7-series. As for its Maybach, it is a completely opposite picture. Maybach 57 and 62 were utterly defeated in terms of sales. What’s more, their obsolete model,which has been recycled for many years, is also a contributing factor for Daimler to shut down their production in 2013.

The birth of a “civilian tank”

Unwilling to give up this lucrative market of supercars, Daimler has reconsidered its approach and decided to choose the safer route of creating a better car. In April 2015, at several car shows in Los Angeles, the U.S. and Guangzhou, China, the flagship Mercedes-Maybach S600 was revealed to the public eyes. Not long after that, its production model brought shock and awe to the car enthusiasts at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show.

It was the unholy union between ballistic protection level VR9 and the highest class of luxury. It is interesting to note that level VR9 is the highest level attainable at that time for a civilian vehicle. Thus, those events mark Maybach and Mercedes-Benz’s glorious attempt to take back this market segment of luxurious supercars.

The Maybach S600 Guard is its second incarnation. Mercedes-Benz unveiled this model for the first time in 2016 and received endless praise from both experts and customers alike. The team at Mercedes and Maybach have taken their game to a new level with the certification of ballistic protection level VR10 for this model. The Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard has truly become “a tank in civilian vehicle’s clothing.”

The impenetrable armor of a tank

The usual long-wheelbase S-Class sedan is somewhat shorter to the new model. At 5,453 mm long with a wheelbase of 3,365 mm, the Maybach S600 Guard is about 20 cm greater in those two measures compared to the standard S-Class sedan. Surprisingly, that difference is almost undetectable even to the sharpest eyes. Car experts often have trouble telling apart the S600 from the S600 Guard without having a closer inspection and/or taking them to a shooting range.

But the differences don’t just stop at those measures. It could be said lots of advanced technology and heavy-weight materials have been poured into the making of this “tank.” The S600 Guard’s base structure is super sturdy thanks to a strengthening phase during production. This phase includes the process of lining the space between the base structure and the outer shell with special hardened steel. The process gives the car the stability and durability it needs during a full-on ballistic assault. As if it is not enough, all vulnerable points, such as component intersections and material transitions, are overhauled and covered with matrices of so-called “intelligent” sheets.

The thirst for protection continues when the makers disclose that the Maybach S600 Guard is fully clad in special aramid and PE components to withstand against explosive devices. The underbody also has a tried and proven armor of its own in case of landmines or well-placed grenades. You may wonder, “Maybe we should aim for the windows!” You are dead wrong, my friends. Although the windows provide clear visual fields for the passengers, they are coated with polycarbonate to prevent injury from shattered splinters.

All those jaw-dropping specifications have helped the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard pass any protection tests with flying colors. Of note, the Ballistics Authority in Ulm, Germany has given it the VR10 protection rating. VR10 means special steel core bullets fired from a heavy assault rifle could not give even a scratch to this car. It also received an EVR10 level in explosion protection criteria. So the next time you are involved in an urban war, remember to bring a Maybach S600 Guard.

The interior of a 5-star hotel

Passengers riding the Maybach S600 Guard model may rest their minds knowing that it offers the top-of-the-line level of protection as well as unsurpassed standards of comfort. The extra length of 20 cm compared to the standard S600 copy is not just for show. It goes into making the rear seats located further back, increasing leg rooms, and giving an additional sense of privacy. The S600 Guard also inherits all of its standard equivalent’s high-end equipment which includes a genuine voice amplification system.

Mercedes doesn’t divulge many details about the interior, but upon closer inspection, one could easily recognize the lavish furniture of the S600 Guard. Every single surface is either leather or wood. The mattress is made from high-grade lambs’ wool. Every passenger seat comes equipped with a touch screen console, which controls the AC and infotainment systems. It even has a 6-speed massage mode. Surely, these executive seats will give passengers the impression of sitting in a presidential suite, not riding an armored-to-the-teeth vehicle.

The trade-offs

However, the cost of uniting self-safety and unbeatable comforts doesn’t come cheap, both technically and economically. Its official website doesn’t say much about technical details, but based on the standard S600, we may make some assumptions.The S600 is powered by a 6-liter, Biturbo, 4-wheel-drive, V-12 engine that reaches a maximum output of 523 horsepower.

It could spring the standard model into action from a standstill to 60 KMH in 5.0 seconds. Logically speaking, with all of that added weight for extra protection, the Maybach S600 Guard is expected to be slower in terms of acceleration and top speed. The only reassuring thing we know now is that it won’t be a thirsty vehicle with the fuel consumption rate at 12.9 l/100 km.

Economy wise, the protection against bullets and explosion has blown the price sky high. To own this moving fortress, you have to fork out a hefty sum of $517,822.50, which is almost three times higher than the price of a standard S600. To some, it may be a steep price to pay, but to others, it is money well spent because who doesn’t value his/her own safety in this day and age?

Final word

A perfect hybrid between a tank and a luxurious supercar, the Maybach S600 Guard definitely lives up to its name. It is best suited for those VIPs whose safety and comfort level are of top priority. What about your opinions about this car? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section below.