Mercedes-Benz S 680 Guard Now Comes With V12
Mercedes-Benz has developed the new S-Class S680 Guard luxury car in the interest of high-ranking officials, legislators, chiefs of state, and celebrities who value safety above all else. The Mercedes-Benz S680 Guard 4Matic is an armoured version of the German automaker’s full-size luxury sedan for 2021. The S-Class guard is one of the most popular models worldwide, and the outgoing model is also employed by a number of important persons and celebrities in India.
The S680 Guard, on the other hand, is not your average S-Class, since it has been designed to achieve VPAM VR10 certification, which is the maximum level of ballistic protection available for a civilian vehicle. This implies the S680 Guard can withstand bullets and even explosives.
The Mercedes-Benz S 680 Guard is no longer just a conventional S-Class with protective elements built-in. Rather, engineers have fully redesigned the sedan’s exterior to provide stronger resistance than prior S-Class Guard models.
The polycarbonate windows, for example, are up to ten centimetres thick and have multi-layered glass. The car is equipped with Michelin PAX run-flat tyres that can go up to 30 kilometres following a puncture. The S680 Guard also has hydraulic windows, which means they’ll keep working even if the onboard electronics fail during an attack.
The S680 Guard even has a built-in oxygen tank and a fire extinguisher for the worst-case scenario. All of this, of course, is in addition to the extravagance provided by the ordinary S-Class. The S680 Guard maintains the abundance of digital screens as well as luxurious, opulent leather and wood trim throughout. It is available in four- and five-seater variants.
The Mercedes-Benz S 680 Guard is based on the S-extended Class’s wheelbase variant, and it weighs in at a massive 4,200kg, about twice as much as a conventional S-Class. Mercedes-Benz had to re-calibrate the transmission and steering to handle the extra weight.
The Mercedes-Benz S 680 Guard is driven by a 6.0-litre V12 engine with dual turbochargers that create 604hp and 830Nm of torque. Apart from the Maybach S-Class, the S680 Guard is the only other vehicle in the S-Class lineup with a V12 engine. Surprisingly, the Maybach S-engine Class’s produces somewhat more torque, at 900Nm. The engine is connected to a 9-speed automatic transmission, with Mercedes’ 4Matic technology providing power to all four wheels. The top speed of the S680 Guard is electronically limited to 190 kph.
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the non-armoured version of the new-generation S-Class in India, with prices starting at Rs 2.17 crore (ex-showroom). There’s no word yet on whether Mercedes would ship the Guard version to India, however, the new Maybach could arrive later this year. The AMG E63 S and AMG E53, two hot new AMGs, were recently introduced in India, increasing the E-Class line-up.