The German car company on Thursday launched its new limousine called Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard in India. With the rising number of billionaires in India, Mercedes-Benz identified a market for armored vehicles in the country.
This car is certified by the highest ballistics protection class at the moment – VR9 which can withstand rifle fire from military weapons and protection from grenades and explosive charges would be aimed at high profile customers, including high ranking officials and industrialists.
“With the launch of the new S 600 Guard, Mercedes-Benz India now provides a formidable range of special protection vehicles comprising the E-Guard and M-Guard, for the Indian market,” Mercedes-Benz India, managing director and CEO, Eberhard Kern said.
Inside the cabin, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class S Guard features an optional four or a five-seating configuration. It also features all the standard safety and luxury features that are being offered in the current generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class in the country.
New Michelin PAX run-flat tyres are a part of standard equipment, which can run a distance of 30 km even after being damaged. There are hardly any exterior changes to the S Guard 600 to distinguish it from a regular S Class.
The S Guard 600 is powered by a 6.0 litre, 530 BHP V12 petrol engine churns out 830 Nm of torque and is mated to a 7G-Tronic automatic transmission. However, S 600 Guard comes with airmatic suspension, powerful V12 engine, intelligent driver assistance systems and fire extinguisher system with automatic activation.
It has an electronically limited top speed of 210kmph, as the vehicles cannot run fast due to its heavy body. The manufacturer has offered AIRMATIC suspension which is beefier and stiffer, along with reinforced dampers.
Much before the launch in India, Mercedes-Benz claims to have received many pre-book orders which give us a positive sign about the car getting rolled later. Besides the car’s pre booking, the price of one S600 Guard is expected to range of8.9 crores. Reviving the previous editions of Mercedes-Benz, this S600 car costs 8x more than a regular S350 CDI, but then, people buying this car aren’t the ‘regular’ buyers anyways.