High-end automotive luxury class now as a special protection vehicle
The absolute flagship model from Mercedes-Maybach with face-to-face seating configuration behind the glass partition is now also available to order as a Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard. As a result, heads of state and other individuals at particular risk have a highly exclusive vehicle at their disposal. The first customer vehicles will be delivered in the second half of 2017.
The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard provides complete protection of protection class VR9 (in transparent and non-transparent areas) and is certified for blast resistance in accordance with Directive ERV 2010. Its protection concept is based on that of the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard. The Pullman Guard has been designed and developed together with the non-special-protection Pullman and provides the same interior dimensions as the latter.
The protection concept has been adapted to the special circumstances of the 6.50-metre-long saloon. With this in mind, the armouring in the rear underscores the special, private character of chauffeur-driven limousines: it is not the rear window that is armoured, but rather a steel bulkhead positioned behind the seats which secures the head area of the passengers. The kerb weight of the Pullman Guard is 5.1 tonnes (11,244 lbs), while its gross vehicle weight is 5.6 tonnes (12,344 lbs). From the outside, the special protection equipment is barely discernible, like on all S-Class Guard models. This comes courtesy of the dark-tinted windows in the passenger compartment, for example.
Maximum comfort is provided by the power-assisted opening and closing feature of the rear doors. An electric motor increases the manual force applied. As a result, the large and, due to their armouring, heavy doors are convenient to open and close. The windows are hydraulically opened – the current Pullman builds a technical bridge here to what is perhaps the most famous Pullman in history: the car from the 100 model series dating back to 1965.
The armouring of the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard follows the design principle of integrated protection based on many years of Mercedes-Benz experience in building special-protection vehicles. The key advantages are:
- Outstanding strength and stability thanks to specific reinforcement of the basic structure integrated into the production of the body shell.
- The high level of comfort is preserved by sophisticated integration and intelligent overlapping of all protective elements.
Already at the body shell stage, protective components of special steel are integrated into the cavities between the body structure and the outer skin. Special aramid and PE components provide additional splinter protection. Intelligent overlapping systems at particularly critical points provide comprehensive ballistic protection.
The glass areas are an essential part of the protective concept. They are coated with polycarbonate on the inside for splinter protection, and have outstanding optical characteristics thanks to their laminated structure. The glazing is of special significance for safety and particular attention has been paid to it in terms of the choice of material and thickness.
The interaction between all the components provides the occupants with a highly effective protected space, which not only includes ballistic protection, but also comprehensive protection against explosive devices. With its sophisticated and strong protective system, the new S 600 Pullman Guard has met all the personal protection requirements of the relevant authorities in Germany, and is comprehensively certified in accordance with resistance class VR9 (pursuant to BRV 2009, version 2).
As far as blasts are concerned, the Pullman Guard fulfils ERV 2010. Floor armouring covers relevant areas of the underbody and as such continues the unique protection technology of the S-Class Guard and the Mercedes-Maybach Guard.
The Mercedes-Maybach Pullman: high-end automotive luxury class
Its length of 6.50 m (256 in) alone is a sign of the special status of the Mercedes‑Maybach Pullman. It provides space for a generously sized and tastefully appointed club lounge in the rear, with a multitude of creature comforts fitted as standard, thereby ensuring the chauffeur-driven limousine lives up to today’s expectations of what constitutes maximum exclusivity and luxury. The VIP occupants sit on two standard-specification executive seats facing the direction of travel. They can enjoy the largest legroom in the segment; and can get in and out of the car with the greatest of ease and comfort. As is typical for a Pullman, the four passengers can sit facing each other in the compartment with an electrically-operated partition wall. The price of the non-armoured version starts at around half a million euro. The German list price of the Pullman Guard is just under 1.4 million euro (prices include VAT at 19% in each case).
The first customers will receive their Mercedes-Maybach Pullman, which of course can once again be highly customised, in September 2016, and the first Guard versions will be delivered in the second half of 2017.
Many governments, heads of state and royal families around the world have for decades chosen Mercedes-Benz saloon cars with the designation “Pullman” to travel in the stately style befitting their status. “Besides providing spacious seating in first-class comfort for high-ranking passengers, the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman is of course the embodiment of exclusivity at its highest level,” said Ola Källenius, Member of the Daimler AG Management Board responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales and Marketing. “One can sense the significance and greatness of it in every detail.”
All scopes of delivery specific to authorities are available to order for the Mercedes‑Maybach S 600 Pullman Guard. These include for example
- flashing lamps
- two-way radios
- emergency starter battery
- external communication system (loudspeaker/microphone)
The Mercedes-Maybach Pullman combines extremely spacious seating with uniquely detailed features characterised by their perfect craftsmanship. It goes without saying that Mercedes-Maybach offers its customers unique opportunities to individualise the appointments of their top-class limousines.
With a length of approx. 6500 mm (256 in), the Pullman is another 1053 mm (41 in) longer than the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. The wheelbase is an impressive 4418 mm (174 in). Furthermore, at 1598 mm (63 in) in height, the Pullman is more than 100 mm (3.9 in) taller than a Mercedes S-Class, resulting in tangibly more headroom.
The twin-turbo V-12 engine in the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman has an output of 390 kW (530 hp). It has a displacement of 5980 cc, and produces a peak torque of 830 Nm (612 lb-ft) from 1900 rpm. The top speed of the Pullman Guard is electronically limited to 160 km/h (99 mph).
The executive seats offer a unique level of comfort thanks to their special adjustment kinematics. In contrast to the norm, the backrest is adjusted separately while the footwell and seat reference point remain unchanged. The cushion can be adjusted separately, while the seat angle and height adjustment are combined. For the executive seats, the maximum backrest angle is 43.5 degrees. The most upright backrest position of 19 degrees allows relaxed working in the rear.
The reclining seats feature a calf support, which is freely adjustable for length and angle. As standard, the luxury head restraints come with an extra cushion. The two first-class travellers in the rear enjoy the largest legroom of any car in the segment, as well as 60 millimetres more headroom than in a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
Thanks to the large rear doors and the further aft position of the passengers on the executive seats, access to all seats is easy and convenient. A real boost in comfort for those heads of state and monarchs for whom protocol dictates that they must take their places ahead of their interpreters. This seating arrangement also preserves privacy, as to a large extent the passenger is hidden by the rear roof pillar.
The interior of the Mercedes-Maybach Pullman is upholstered in leather throughout as standard. Not only is the headliner upholstered in high-quality leather, but also the door frames and seat consoles. As one would expect of a Maybach, there are three analogue instruments in the headliner informing passengers in the rear of the outside temperature, speed and time.
The partition wall between the rear and the driver’s area ensures particular discretion. The window in the partition wall can be lowered electrically. It can also change from transparent to opaque at the touch of a button. This allows – in combination with the equally standard-specification curtains for the rear windows – for different levels of privacy. The standard-fit 16:9 format 18.5-inch (47 cm) monitor located in front of the partition wall can also be extended electrically.
It goes without saying that Mercedes-Maybach offers its customers unique opportunities to customise the appointments of their top-class limousines. The special advisors at the exclusive Maybach centres throughout Europe as well as the sales advisors at the Mercedes-Benz branches are happy to provide further information.