Mercedes-Benz’s latest luxury vehicle is in a resistance class by itself.
The company unveiled its ultra-tough S600 Guard sedan, which has a fully bulletproof body and can withstand great impact — but judging from the outside, it looks like a normal Mercedes sedan.
The car’s armor is designed to resist rifle fire from military weapons, which has a velocity almost twice that of handgun bullets, as well as resist splinters from hand grenades and explosive charges, according to the company.
Previously, Mercedes buyers who wanted a vehicle in its sedan series with extra protection would need to arrange for special modifications to withstand bullets or other arsenal. But this new model comes with built-in protective elements, including a layer of steel between the outer shell and the inner body and polycarbonate-coated glass to absorb the impact of a speeding bullet and prevent splintering.
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