PM Modi driving becomes safer with new Mercedes Maybach S 650 guard
President Ram Nath Kovind switched to a Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman Maybach Guard earlier this year – PM Modi followed suit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a new set of wheels in the form of an armored Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Guard. Having previously used a Range Rover Vogue and a Toyota Land Cruiser for the past few years, the PM was recently seen in the new Maybach S 650 which offers the VR10 level of protection which is the highest protection ever seen in a vehicle from production.
PM Modi gets a new car
Prime Minister Modi was seen in this new vehicle at Hyderabad House in Delhi when he arrived to greet Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Guard achieves the VR10 protection level, which means that it receives glass panes and a shell that is not only able to withstand bullets, but can also protect its occupants from the assaults of an AK rifle. 47.
Proclaimed 2010 Explosive Resistant Vehicle (ERV), the S 650 Guard also protects against an assault against 5 kg of TNT at a distance of 2 meters. It offers the highest level of armored protection available on a production car.
The S 650 Guard can withstand bullet attacks thanks to its upgraded windows and bodywork, and can take an assault with AK-47 rifles. The windows are 10 centimeters (almost four inches) thick and covered with a polycarbonate coating on the inside, while its underbody is heavily armored to protect occupants from a direct explosion.
The cabin also has a built-in oxygen tank in the event of a gas attack. The tank is made of a material similar to that used by Boeing for its Apache AH-64 tank attack helicopters and is given a special coating to instantly seal holes after a bullet.
The armored limousine rolls on Michelin PAX run-flat tires allowing the vehicle to escape quickly despite a puncture. It can be used for a distance of up to 30 kilometers (19 miles) after going flat. The cabin is equipped with a host of luxuries including a seat massager and the rear seats are positioned further back allowing more legroom and a separate communication system.
The Maybach S 650 Guard measures 5.45mm in length, 1,899mm in width and 1,498mm in height with a wheelbase of 3,365mm. It has been specially requested for the enhanced security of PM security by the SPG – Special Protection Group, and 2 of these vehicles have been ordered, the second serving as a decoy, each priced at around Rs 12 crore.
The Mercedes Maybach S 650 Guard is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine producing 516 hp and 900 Nm of torque. The top speed is 160 km / h. The top speed is much lower than that of the standard Mercedes Maybach without Guard. This is because the Guard variant weighs a lot more. Mercedes did not reveal the weight and the list of features is not available – for safety reasons.
In addition to a new set of wheels for PM Modi, Ram President Nath Kovind also received a new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman Maybach Guard earlier this year. Compared to its previous W221 S-Guard which offered VR7 protection, the S 600 Pullman Guard is capable of VR9 level protection. Like the S650 Guard, the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Pullman is also a bespoke vehicle. These two upgraded vehicles were due to arrive in 2020 but have been delayed due to cost reductions due to the ongoing pandemic.