Mercedes-Benz's Maybach division already makes the largest version of the S-class () and the most secure version of the S-class (). But what if you want to combine both of these extremes into one massive armored limousine? Maybach is now happy to oblige that desire with the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 Pullman Guard.
Perfect for well-to-do dignitaries and other VIPs, this imposing new S-class takes the 21-foot-long stretched body from the standard Pullman and upfits it to meet the same impressive level of protection as the S600 Guard. More specifically, that means blast resistance up to the VR9 protection class standard (including glass areas) and blast resistance that meets Directive ERV 2010 requirements. Translation: It takes a lot of firepower to bust through the reinforced body structure and laminated, polycarbonate-coated windows.
Mercedes says that the Guard treatment doesn't require any compromises on the Pullman's extravagantly spacious and luxurious interior. Standard equipment includes a partition aft of the driver, leather upholstery everywhere you can think of, and sumptuous "executive" seats with adjustable footrests. As expected, customers will be privy to all sorts of customization possibilities.
The Pullman Guard's 530-hp, twin-turbo V-12 engine will have its work cut out for it moving around the car's whopping 12,000--pound curb weight—that's even heavier than an absolutely we tested back in 2005. So we're not surprised that the Pullman Guard is limited to a top speed of 99 mph.
We're not sure if the Pullman Guard will make its way to the U.S. officially, but it's doubtful that any Americans with enough cash would be denied if they asked Mercedes-Benz nicely enough. With the standard S600 Pullman costing "around half a million Euros," and the Maybach S600 Guard around that price neighborhood as well, the ultimate in S-class protection and size should command an appropriately sky-high price tag when it starts reaching customers in the second half of next year.