The Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard is the Toughest Luxury Sedan Ever

Look, we get it. You’ve made a few enemies along the way, the sort of people who like to negotiate and compromise not with words but with, say, bullets and bombs. To stay safe, you’ll need a tough vehicle, and if you don’t want to give up any luxury in the process, you may want to check out the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard.

The Mercedes-Maybach S600 Guard is the first passenger car to be rated for the ultra-rigorous “VR10” ballistic protection standard (the old Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard managed only the VR9 rating.) The exact details of what that means aren’t publicly disclosed, but Mercedes says the car’s bodywork and windows can brush off impacts from “hardened steel-core bullets fired from an assault rifle.” The Guard also meets the “Explosive Resistant Vehicles 2010” standard. In other words, it’s pretty tough.
Mercedes Maybach S600 Guard Frame Cutout

To make the S600 so durable, Mercedes-Maybach integrates protective elements (the exact materials have not been disclosed) into the production process, layering toughened panels inside the bodywork. The windows are laminated with splinter-resistant polycarbonate, and underbody armoring covers the entire underside of the car to prevent against bombs in the road.

Mercedes-Maybach offers few other details about the safety measures integrated in the S600 Guard, perhaps for obvious reasons, but notes that the ultra-luxury sedan still offers the ride comfort, interior spaciousness, and high-end options of the standard Maybach sedan. Pricing in Europe starts at the equivalent of $518,000 — but really, can you put a price on your safety?

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