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October 6, 2021

Mercedes-Benz has been building special protection vehicles since 1928 and thus for over 90 years. Customers of the new S 680 GUARD 4MATIC benefit from these many years of experience. The integrated protection system (iSS) reaches a new level: whereas the necessary protective materials were previously integrated into the standard bodyshell structure for the GUARD saloons, a GUARD-specific bodyshell of protective elements has now been developed. This self-supporting protective cell represents the core of the iSS. Ultimately, the (aluminium) outer skin serves as a design shell and ensures an inconspicuous appearance. In addition to the armouring, the iSS includes the adaptation of the suspension, engine and transmission to ensure handling that is virtually on a par with that of the series vehicle. Due to a parallel development process alongside the large-scale production models, the longevity of the GUARD vehicles also reaches series production level.

In addition to the unseen armouring elements, the transparent area of the windows is an integral and essential part of the protection concept. The material and thickness of the multi-layer glass 'sandwich' meet the high requirements of the VR10 safety classification. The inner surfaces of the glass are coated with polycarbonate for splinter protection. Despite their comprehensive protective effect, they offer excellent visibility. And they have been integrated in such a way that they are not noticeable at first glance - another significant advantage of the integrated protection system.

The interior space also benefits from the elaborate iSS concept, as the comfort dimensions largely correspond to those of the long S-Class. As with the production model, it was possible to keep the joins in the bodyshell to a minimum, so fulfilling the "Seamless" claim of the Sensual Purity design philosophy. And when it comes to comfort and appointments, the four- and five-seater versions can both hold their own with their sister models: more than 80 individualisation options are available for the S-Class, from active ambient lighting and a media display featuring OLED technology through to a First-Class rear suite and rear airbag. There are almost no restrictions on trim parts and colour combinations. However, optional extras that contradict the protective purpose, such as a sliding sunroof, are not available.

The new S 680 GUARD 4MATIC is certified according to directives of the VPAM (Association of test centres for attack-resistant materials and structures). Members of the VPAM are company-independent (neutral) inspection bodies and institutions.

The testing was carried out by the Beschussamt Ulm, the only testing and certification body for weapons, ammunition and safety technology in the German state of Baden-Württemberg and one of the most state-of-the-art institutes of its kind. The new S-Class GUARD meets the requirements of the highest civilian protection class VR10 according to the standard VPAM BRV version three (Bullet Resistant Vehicles). In this test the body and windows must withstand fire from an assault rifle using armour-piercing ammunition. The S 680 GUARD 4MATIC also meets the requirements of Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA).

Protection against blast attacks is documented by compliance with the latest version of the VPAM ERV(Explosive Resistant Vehicles) standard, the test criteria for which are not freely available. The S 680 GUARD 4MATIC was not only the very first vehicle to complete the current tests, it also achieved the top scores in all three tests (roof, floor and side) with three out of three stars. Test result: "no damage" to dummies and indicators according to assessment scheme VPAM ERV.

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