The Mercedes-Benz S680 Guard has been quietly introduced by the German manufacturer as a secure means of transportation that doesn’t compromise on luxury. With the reveal of this product, it is understood that Daimler will reserve its armoured technology to the S-Class exclusively.
While no press release for this new product is available, Daimler tells German publication Stern, that the Mercedes-Benz S680 Guard will utilise a long wheelbase platform and the firm’s twin-turbocharged 6,0-litre V12 engine delivering 450 kW and 830 N.m of torque to all four wheels via the 4Matic system. Daimler confirms that those wanting an XXL Pullman Guard will be disappointed as there is no such plan to manufacture one.
“The Mercedes-Benz S680 Guard is one of the most customer-oriented products from Mercedes-Benz because this special protection model focuses on people and their safety “, says Dirk Fetzer, Head of Product Management S-Class.
As per the manufacturer’s claims, no other series sedan in this segment fully meets the highest protection class for civil vehicles. With the Mercedes-Benz S680 Guard, quality and longevity are on a standard level thanks to extensive development and testing. The result of its revisions to the base car is an overall mass of around 4 200 kg with a payload of 660 kg thanks to extensive work done to the axles and tyres. The cabin is available in four- and five-seater configurations.
The Mercedes-Benz S680 Guard is the first to develop a specific armored shell made of protective elements. The occupants sit in a maximally protected cell that is well disguised from the untrained eye. Notable differences to the design are only the 100 mm thick glass windows and Michelin Pax tyres with an emergency running system.
All revisions made to the Mercedes-Benz S680 Guard bring the car up to a VR10 classification. This includes interior panels that are coated in a polycarbonate splinter protection. The aforementioned windows also gain a hydraulic emergency function for when a quick escape is needed from the cabin. Upon request, the manufacturer can fit a refrigerator to the 390 dm3 cargo space that can be used from the rear bench.
Further options include a fire extinguishing system and an emergency fresh air system that protects occupants from the ingress of smoke or irritant gases and supplies them with fresh air. Catering to governmental clients, Mercedes-Benz will also kit the S680 Guard with flashers, signal systems and a radio.
The time needed to produce a Mercedes-Benz S680 Guard clocks in at 51 days. A price tag has not yet been revealed.