In the recent years, in order to take a share of the aftermarket world, there have been manufacturers offering factory bulletproof cars. One of these is Mercedes which so far is offering their S600 and its Maybach counterpart in a rather impressive Guard trim level. In order to expand their roster, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Maybach Guard has been revealed and it is expected to become the new flagship for their bulletproof line of cars. Like the name suggests, the car is based on the long wheelbase Pullman which offers increased cabin space as well as a few other changes to its running gear.
So far the release date for the production model is unknown but the car is expected to hit the market next year. The price is also unknown at this point. However, it is worth mentioning that the regular Maybach Guard costs right around $600,000 while the regular Pullman will cost more than that.
This means that the Guard version might get dangerously close to $1 million which is also where some of its custom-made rivals are. However, at this price point Mercedes would be able to offer a complete experience with an unmatched construction quality, so it might just be worth it to pay extra for it.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Maybach Guard features the same type of protection as the other versions. This means it offers a VR9 protection class.
This has been achieved by beefing the actual chassis and body panels with steel, synthetic fabric which is similar to Kevlar as well as polycarbonate plates.
The windows are also covered in polycarbonate and these are thicker than usual. In order to offer some protection from bombs, the entire underside has been covered in thick steel plates.
The end result is a car that will get out of pretty much anything. The only real downside is the fact that it weighs between 11,000 and 12,000 pounds, depending on the configurations.
Under the hood
Mostly due to the massive amount of weight it has to carry, there are some performance losses. These are somewhat alleviated by a 6 liter twin-turbocharged V12 which will provide 530 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque.
The 0 to 60 MPH time has not been disclosed by Mercedes but it is safe to assume it is well under 8 seconds. The top speed on the other hand has been limited to 99 MPH.
This is because the tires would not be able to withstand a higher top speed with all that weight on top.
The gearbox is likely a beefed up unit from the regular S600. Rear wheel drive is still the only offering which is to be expected from a car like this.
Does it come with extras
The short answer would be: “Yes, it does!”. Mercedes can install, upon request, things like flashing lamps, two-way radios, external communication systems, sirens and a bunch of other stuff intended to make the car ready for any type of use.
Inside and out
The exterior of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S600 Pullman Maybach Guard is pretty much identical to the regular Pullman. The interior is not all that different either.
There are some interesting additions though. For starters, the passengers benefit from additional gauges which offer information about the car’s powertrain.
On top of that there are more air-vents than in the regular version. Even though not official, the car might feature an advanced air cleaning system that would allow it to meet the requirements of the VR9 protection class.
There is room for up to four passengers in the back but only the rear seats offer hundreds of customization options. The fit and finish is pretty much identical to the other Maybach cars out there.