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.
Although the Maybach 57 and 62 models became pop-culture sensations, they didn't generate enough income to justify keeping the brand around.
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.'
Although the Maybach S600 is one of the most solidly built cars on the road today, it isn't designed to stop bullets.
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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In addition, Inkas offers armoured versions of various luxury vehicles, including the Cadillac Escalade and the Range Rover.
As for Maybach, Inkas' modifications will include 'lightweight' armour plating and structural reinforcements able to comply with European CEN 1063 BR7 standards.
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!
In fact, the S600's bulletproof glass offers the same level of ballistic protection as the body of the car.
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