Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard

Mercedes-Benz is proud to present a prestigious new luxury limousine – the S600 Pullman Guard with integrated Highest Protection. This new model is the latest in a long and unique tradition of large, armoured, prestige limousines from the world's oldest automaker. It was 80 years ago that Mercedes-Benz became the very first car brand to develop and manufacture Pullman limousines with special protection characteristics.

Mercedes-Benz' unique wealth of experience as well as its role as a technical pioneer in the construction of prestigious special-protection limousines – a role which has been demonstrated time and time again over the years – puts the Stuttgart-based premium brand in a class of its own in this demanding segment. This is why governments, heads of state and royalty all over the world choose to make dignified progress in Mercedes-Benz limousines which are eminently worthy of the "Pullman" label. Like the famous Pullman railway coaches, the state limousines from Stuttgart are luxuriously spacious and outstandingly comforttable. The Pullman name was originally used to designate the luxurious open-plan railway coaches built by the American Pullman Palace Car Company. As early as the 1920s, this name began to be used in the car industry to designate large, comfortable touring cars and prestige limousines with a partition between the driver's seat and the passenger compartment. Ever since, Mercedes-Benz has offered its customers Pullmanlimousines with an extremely spacious rear passenger compartment. Particularly notable among these are the Pullman limousines with an extra-long wheelbase which have been offered by Mercedes-Benz since 1963 and which allow four passengers to sit opposite each other in truly grand style.

The luxurious Mercedes-Benz Pullman limousines offer their passengers not only a maximum of comfort, but also a superbly appointed setting for discreet meetings, equipped, of course, with all the key communications and entertainment systems. So they can always remain fully in touch with the rest of the world while enjoying the luxury and comfort of their own very special place in it.

The technical basis for the new Pullman limousine is provided by the S600 Guard, the top of the Mercedes-Benz Guard range. It is powered by a superbly smooth twelve-cylinder biturbo engine with a displacement of 5513 cubic centimetres and an output of 380 kW/510 hp with an impressive 830 Nm of torque. As these figures suggest, the S600 Guard Pullman can call on effortlessly superior power delivery, allowing it to get out of a danger zone rapidly, should the need arise.

The vehicle owes its remarkably spacious interior to its 4315-millimetre wheelbase (115 centimetres longer than that of the long version of the S-Class). Indeed, with an overall length of 6356 millimetres, the S600 Pullman Guard is a vehicle of truly majestic proportions which are enhanced by the harmonious design. Furthermore, the more steeply raked rear window enables a 60-millimetre increase in roof height which makes for more generous headroom in the rear compartment. As a result, the latter is now slightly higher than that of Mercedes-Benz' top-of-the-range S600 model. Moreover, the vehicle's ride height can be raised pneumatically by some 40 millimetres. In conjunction with correspond-dingly larger door cutouts, these characteristics ensure even greater comfort and dignity when getting in an out.

Although the Pullman version is based on the S600 Guard, both the suspension and basic vehicle structure of the latter had to be modified extensively in order to ensure that the high Mercedes quality standards would not be compromised in any way by the extra-long wheelbase. It would be impossible to guarantee the long-term overall stability of the vehicle if the lengthening process consisted simply of inserting an additional body section. Measures to reinforce the vehicle structure were therefore included right from the design stage. Along with the armour steel in the protective cell, high-alloyed special steels are used in the sidewalls and floor assembly. These measures provide a sound structural basis for the installation of the heavy special-protection elements.

Fine woods and exquisite leather – every detail of which is crafted to perfection – lend a stylish and elegant ambience to the interior of the new Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard. Characterised by sheer luxury in a way which is both unobtrusive and unmistakable, it is designed to offer the maximum degree of comfort. In keeping with the Pullman tradition, the rear compartment is nothing less than a lounge on wheels where four passengers can enjoy the journey in comfortable face-to-face seats.
A standard-fit electrotransparent partition with an advanced lightweight structure provides a sight and sound barrier between the high-ranking passengers and the driving area – allowing the former to engage in conversation, make phone calls or use the standard-fit rear entertainment system without being disturbed. The partition becomes opaque at the touch of button. This effect is possible thanks to a layer of liquid crystal film made from electrically conductive polymer material, which is integrated in the glass and whose crystals rearrange themselves to make the glass transparent when an electric current is applied. As soon as the electric current is switched off, the liquid crystals lose their clear-glass arrangement and the panel becomes opaque. Of course, the upper section of the partition can also be lowered electrically. A standard-fit intercom ensures that the driver and passengers can communicate at all times.

The standard-fit V12-design individual rear seats offer a high level of comfort. In addition to their more comfortable geometry (their backrest angle is less upright than that found in the standard S-Class), they are equipped with massage and multicontour functionality as well as active ventilation. The individual facing seats featuring electric fore/aft adjustment and seat heating have the same high-quality design.

Newly developed electric roller blinds for the windows in the rear compartment provide protection from prying eyes. Compared with curtains, this sophisticated roller-blind solution has the advantage that the rear passengers can enjoy almost unrestricted all-round vision when the blinds are rolled up, whereas curtains limit the field of vision, even when open. Furthermore, the roller blinds reinforce the sense of interior space.

Ambient lighting in the rear creates a welcoming atmosphere in the dark while pivoting lighting with spotlights for all rear passengers provides ideal conditions for reading and working in the new S600 Pullman Guard. What's more, the rear compartment lighting units comprising reading and interior lights are housed discreetly in the grab-handle module.

Source: Mercedes-Benz press

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