Mercedes-Benz S 600 Guard-Its Heavy On Your Pocket.
Easy out of the pit-lane on to the start-finish straight, wide entry to the first corner, straight line the uphill left hander, brake early and commit to the hairpin right on the crest even before seeing it. On a good day this will mean you hit 200kmph mark on the back straight of Buddh International Circuit before the half way mark. This was a good day, but the needle was taking an awfully lot of time 180… 190… two-third of the distance covered and we were fast approaching the braking point.
Exterior & Interior
Simply put, the Mercedes-Benz S-Guard is an armoured version of the S-Class sedan; one that is made to protect the passengers from the mortal perils that sometimes come with the privilege and ability of owning one. But it is designed in a manner to avoid getting any excess attention to itself for the special abilities it possesses.
Obviously all of these additions weigh quite a bit and the total weight of the S-Guard is 1.9 ton more than the standard car. In Markus’ (Head of Mercedes Guard Division) words that is like the E-Class sitting on top of the S-Class. That is a lot of weight and requires a mammoth amount of power to haul. Mercedes hence relies on the 6.0-litre turbocharged V12 that develops 530bhp and 830Nm of torque. The power figures are good enough to put a smile on any enthusiasts face, but under the hood of this 4.5 tonne tank, it is just about enough to deliver respectable performance.The S-Guard is a serious car; it can act as an office on wheels as the owner prepares for the next meeting, a quiet place to take a nap before the hustle bustle commences again or even a dinning room in case of time crunch. And while it will be comfortable for all of the above, in the right hands it will be quick and also agile to get out of tricky situations.
At starting price of Rs 8.9 crore onwards (ex-Delhi) the S-Guard is not cheap and neither is it a replacement for conventional security like armed body guards, convoy and in many cases even state surveillance and military personnel. The S-Guard is a moving high security office providing the best possible safety to the occupants from ambush.
While I am certainly not the right person to gauge the value and need of such a vehicle, one thing that all of us can be sure about is that life is priceless. And when you look at it from that perspective then the price tag doesn’t seem too big!