Like the famously luxurious and spacious open-plan Pullman railway
coaches after which it is named, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz S 600
Pullman Guard Limousine treats its occupants to a travelling
environment characterised by generous accommodation and the
highest comfort. The S 600 Pullman Guard owes its spacious interior
to its 4315-millimetre wheelbase (115 centimetres longer than
that of the long version of the special-protection S-Class).
Indeed, with an overall length of 6356 millimetres, the S 600
Pullman Guard is a vehicle of truly majestic proportions which
offers its passengers not only a maximum of comfort, but also
a superbly appointed setting for discreet meetings, equipped,
of course, with all the key communications and entertainment
systems. This ensures they are always able to remain fully in
touch with the rest of the world while enjoying the luxury and
comfort of their own very special place in it.
The technical basis for the 2009 Pullman limousine is provided
by the S 600 Guard, the top of the Mercedes-Benz Guard range.
It is powered by a superbly smooth twelve-cylinder biturbo engine
with a displacement of 5513 cubic centimetres and an output
of 380 kW/517 hp with an impressive 830 Nm of torque.
The suspension and basic vehicle structure have been modified
as it would be impossible to guarantee the long-term overall
stability of the vehicle with its extra-long wheelbase if the
lengthening process consisted of simply inserting an additional
body section. The modifications also provide a solid foundation
for the integration of the heavy special-protection elements.
Furthermore, the new state limousine is equipped with a higher
rear roof for easier access and greater headroom. Four passengers
can be accommodated in the rear compartment behind the partition
- in comfortable seats whose face-to-face arrangement recalls
the great Pullman tradition.
Integrated special protection for outstanding safety
What's more, the new Mercedes-Benz S 600 Pullman Guard offers
its demanding passengers extremely effective protection from
attack. Its Highest Protection status means that it has been
engineered to resistance level B6/B7, as tested and certified
by state-approved organisations, and also meets additional requirements
which go beyond those laid down in the standard but which are
tested by public and independent organisations. Its armour resists
military-standard small-arms projectiles and provides protection
against fragments from hand grenades and other explosive charges.
Additional safety features include run-flat tyres, a self-sealing
fuel tank and a fire-extinguishing system.
In order to ensure that the Mercedes S 600 Pullman Guard offers
outstanding protection, specialists with many years of experience
in this field apply the principle of integrated special protection
to the Pullman limousine. In effect this means that, rather
than retro-fitting the protective elements in the doors, rear
wall, side panels, roof lining and firewall etc. of an already
finished vehicle, they fully integrate them into the bodyshell
in a dedicated production process. This effectively creates
a coat of armour around the entire passenger cell. Even the
roof frame struts, door locks, door gaps, exterior mirror mountings
and other components are incorporated into this security concept.
The resulting vehicle offers hallmark Mercedes-Benz build quality
combined with comprehensive Highest Protection characteristics,
even in those areas where retrofitting would be all but impossible.