Mercedes-Benz’s special protection unit division has unveiled the Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard limousine. These vehicles are generally used for not only rich people but very important people – prime ministers, presidents, royalty, maybe even the Pope, etc.
As you can see from the photos, the S600 Pullman Guard is long limousine based on the S600. It is over 6.3 meters in length and has a wheelbase of 4315mm, about 1150mm longer than the longwheelbase S-Class. The roof is also slightly higher for greater headroom in the interior.
Mercedes-Benz says it is not just an S-Class long wheelbase with an additional body section as it would have been impossible to guarantee long-term stability of the vehicle that way. It fits two (including driver) at the front section and four in the partitioned rear section, with the two rows passengers facing each other.
The Guard in its name indicates it has armored protection. It can withstand military grade small-arms projectiles, grenade fragments and other explosive charges. Other protective features include run-flat tyres, a self-sealing fuel tank and a built-in fire-extinguisher.
Rather than add on these protective components and armour onto a finished vehicle, it is fully integrated into the bodyshell during the production process.
Like the S600, it is equipped with a 5.5 litre twin turbocharged V12 engine producing 512 horsepower and 830Nm of torque. Look after the jump for a hi-res photo gallery.
PHOTO GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Guard
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