Meet The Armoured Mercedes-Maybach S600
Mercedes-Maybach S600 ‘Guard’. It is an armoured Merc. It’s the first, we’re told, to be certified with the highest ballistic protection level for civilian vehicles.
It’s based of course, on the V12-engined Maybach S600 with its 523bhp bi-turbo, 6.0-litre V12. It measures in at 20cm longer than a long-wheelbase S-Class saloon, too.
And while we haven’t been presented with a weight figure, expect it to be considerably more than the ‘standard’ Merc-Maybach’s 2,335kg. This is because this Guard edition has been certified to protect against hardened steel core bullets fired from an assault rifle, along with an ‘ERV 2010’ explosion resistance rating.
Germany’s Federal Office of Criminal Investigation approved it “without any constraints”. Steel integrated into the gaps between the body structure and outer skin, while materials are overlapped at critical points too. The laminated windows, predictably, are thick, and coated with polycarbonate on the inside for splinter protection.
There’s underbody armouring too like in the non-Maybach armoured S-Class that’ll protect against explosive devices set beneath the car just as handily as side detonation.
How much will all this cost, €470,000 plus VAT. Which is £366k plus taxes. But you do get a mighty V12, along with all the Maybach luxury you could desire.