This $650,000 armoured Mercedes-Maybach limo is a force to reckoned with

Over the past 100 years, Mercedes-Benz has earned quite a reputation for building some of the toughest and most solidly engineered cars in the world. Sitting at the top of Mercedes’ lineup is the massive Mercedes-Maybach S600 limo.

The 5,300-pound luxury sedan offers more performance and safety than most people in the world would ever need. But there are a select few who need more protection than crumple zones and a lot of airbags. They need to stop bombs and bullets. They need armour. For these Mercedes-Maybach owners, Canada’s Inkas Armoured Vehicle Manufacturing has come up with a Maybach that can offer some “extra protection.”

“It shows what happens when the best innovations in security, performance and technology merge to make a top-notch vehicle,” said retired Maj. Gen. David Fraser, Inkas’ COO, in a statement. “Based on the Mercedes-Maybach S600, it caters to customers who desire prestigious, high-class vehicles without compromising safety.”

The cost? Just half a million US dollars.

In 2002, needing a car to compete against Rolls-Royce's upcoming Phantom and ...

... Bentley's stalwart Arnage T, ...

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... Mercedes revived the long-dormant Maybach brand.

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Although the Maybach 57 and 62 models became pop-culture sensations, they didn't generate enough income to justify keeping the brand around.

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In 2011, Mercedes shuttered Maybach.

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But for the 2016 model year, Mercedes brought back the Maybach name.

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This time, instead of offering a separate brand, the name appears as a high-end version of the company's S-Class sedan, called the 'Mercedes-Maybach S600.'

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Although the Maybach S600 is one of the most solidly built cars on the road today, it isn't designed to stop bullets.

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That's where Toronto-based Inkas Armoured Vehicle Manufacturing comes in.

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For $500,000 -- Including the $189,000 for the Maybach -- Inkas will create a custom-armoured limo fit to provide S600 owners with that extra measure of security.

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These guys certainly know what they are doing. Their other offerings include this Huron armoured personnel carrier and ...

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... this $1 million Mercedes G63 AMG limo.

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In addition, Inkas offers armoured versions of various luxury vehicles, including the Cadillac Escalade and the Range Rover.

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The customisation work is done at the company's facility in Ontario.

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Here's a Lexus LX570 going through the armoured-customisation process.

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As for Maybach, Inkas' modifications will include 'lightweight' armour plating and structural reinforcements able to comply with European CEN 1063 BR7 standards.

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Other modifications include a reinforced suspension and braking system along with run-flat tires. It's even got a smokescreen generator to help you escape a tricky situation!

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In fact, the S600's bulletproof glass offers the same level of ballistic protection as the body of the car.

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Power for the Maybach S600 comes from a 6.0-litre biturbo V12 engine, producing 523 horsepower.

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Inside, the modified Maybach S600 looks indistinguishable from the standard car.

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Complete with mood lighting.

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Special features include a fire suppression system and independent air-conditioning systems.

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Just to remind the occupants of the car's power, the seats come complete with 'V12' badges.

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Ultimately, armoured or not, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 is all about luxury -- and this car certainly delivers.

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