The 2022 Mercedes-Benz S680 Guard Can Stop Armor-Piercing Assault Rifle Rounds

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Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz
Photo credit: Mercedes-Benz

Are you a tyrannical dictator who fears for your life on a daily basis? Afraid you'll be attacked by heavily armed assailants while traveling to your next meeting? Well, Mercedes now has the car for you. Meet the 2022 Mercedes-Benz S680 Guard.

As the name suggests, the S680 Guard is the armored version of the company's flagship S-Class sedan, equipped with an entirely new body with dozens of protective elements designed to withstand all sorts of weaponized assaults. The windows are nearly four inches thick, capable of stopping an armor-piercing round from an assault rifle, according to Mercedes. They're so heavy that they have to be hydraulically operated—a nice throwback to the 600 Grosser and its hydraulically operated systems.

The tires—specially made Michelin run-flats—can go 19 miles after they've suffered a puncture, in case you need to escape in a hurry. There's also an onboard oxygen supply system for if the situation gets especially dire.

Under the hood you'll find a version of Mercedes's long-used 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12, tuned to 604 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via an automatic transmission that had to be recalibrated, along with the steering, to accommodate for the limousine's colossal 9259-pound curb weight. All those armored panels come at a price, after all. Top speed has also been electronically limited to 118 mph, presumably so the brakes wouldn't be overloaded if your driver has to come to a sudden stop.

Pricing for the S680 Guard in European markets comes in at €547,400 (about $650,000) to start—roughly six times more expensive than a normal S-Class. Something tells us the type of people buying this car are happy to pay the price if it means getting the most protection possible.

via Motor1

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