For the dictator looking for protection in a massive luxury limousine, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard is the ultimate answer.
Mercedes-Benz announced the armored version of the Maybach S600 Pullman, called the Guard, at the same time as the regular version of the gargantuan limousine at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Now, the bullet-resistant behemoth will make a public debut at the Paris Motor Show at the end of the month. However, heads of state, royalty, and dictators won’t be able to take delivery of one until the second half of 2017. They’ll probably need that time to get the necessary funds together because this vault on wheels will cost around 1.4 million euros ($1.56 million) in Germany, including the country’s 19 percent VAT. For comparison, a Pullman without armor will cost 500,000 euros ($558,000).
The Maybach S600 Pullman Guard offers complete VR9 bullet resistance for the glass and body. This means the sedan can shrug off rounds from an assault rifle. The model also has a Directive ERV 2010 blast rating that means 33 pounds (15 kilograms) of TNT can safely explode within 6.5 feet (2 meters) of this beast.
As you might expect, so much armor isn’t very light, and the Pullman Guard tips the scales at 11,200 pounds (5.1 metric tons). There’s so much protection in the doors that Maybach adds electric motors to assist people operating them. The additions include steel panels in the cavities between the body structure and outer metal. The company also reinforces the floor to protect from blasts.
While these upgrades mean the S600 Pullman Guard could handle driving through a war zone, it looks the almost identical to the non-armored variant. The additional protection has no affect on the interior dimensions, too. Power still comes from a biturbo 6.0-liter V12 with 523 horsepower (390 kilowatts) and 612 pound-feet (830 Newton-meters).
The truly paranoid Mercedes customer actually might want to choose the smaller (but still plenty large) standard Maybach S600 Guard. Introduced earlier this year, it’s the only passenger car in the world to offer VR10 ballistic protection, which gives the sedan the extra ability to take hardened-steel rounds from an assault rival. The model also has the same level of explosion protection as the Pullman Guard. Buyers save quite a bit too because Maybach S600 Guard starts at 470,000 euros ($524,000) in Germany.