The Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard is here, and its sole purpose is to coddle while protecting occupants from all outside irritants, whether it be rain or bullets. Touted as the world’s first “comprehensively certified” vehicle in the VR9 (if you're wondering, VR9 means armour designed to resist rifle-fire from military weapons, a velocity twice that of handgun bullets, and resistance to splinters from hand grenades and explosive charges). resistance class, protection in transparent and non-transparent areas, the new S600 Guard can withstand some severe punishment. The VR9 armor rating equates to the ability to withstand three shots from an M60, M14, or FAL-FN military rifle chambered in 7.62 x 51 mm caliber at 10 meters—as well as smaller arms fire including that from an M16, a .357 Magnum, a .44 Magnum, and even a 20 mm fragmentation round.
Despite the heavy armor, the new S 600 Guard wears its upgrades without any external denotation, wearing the same exterior styling as the newly launched 2014 Mercedes-Benz S Class line, including LED headlamps and LED tail lights. Bonus points include a panic alarm system, opaque roller blinds, an emergency fresh air system, hydraulic slide windows, gimbal rear LED reading lamps, a special rear cooling compartment, and heated windscreen and side windows. All glass areas are coated with polycarbonate on the inside with a special laminated construction and many more upgrades not disclosed for security’s sake.Inside, the S600 Guard also leverages its S-Class basis for luxurious and spacious seating for four or, for the first time in the armored sedan segment, five passengers. A capacious trunk offers plenty of room for daily duty, and a number of upgrade packages make the car more suitable for chauffeur use.