Mercedes-Benz has launched the brand new S 680 GUARD 4MATIC that meets the very best ballistic take a look at stage for civilian autos and is especially proof against explosive costs.
In accordance with the automaker, “For what actually counts”: heads of state and enterprise leaders can take this S-Class slogan actually once they entrust their lives to the brand new particular safety model of the luxurious mannequin. For, with safety class VPAM VR10, the brand new S 680 GUARD 4MATIC (mixed gas consumption (WLTP): 19.5 l/100 km; mixed CO2 emissions (WLTP): 442 g/km) meets the very best ballistic take a look at stage for civilian autos and, furthermore, is especially proof against explosive costs. The certification by Beschussamt Ulm (ballistic testing authority) was carried out for the primary time utilizing so-called biofidelic dummies. With bone and mushy tissue-like constructions, these take a look at dummies imitate the human physique significantly realistically. The S 680 Guard 4matic is the primary Guard saloon from Mercedes-Benz with all-wheel drive and is powered by the acquainted V12 (M279) with 450 kW/612 hp. The essential value is € 457,100 plus worth added tax. The S 680 Guard 4matic will have fun its world premiere on the IAA in Munich.
“The S 680 Guard 4matic is without doubt one of the most customer-oriented merchandise from Mercedes-Benz. That’s as a result of this particular safety mannequin focuses on individuals and their security,” says Dirk Fetzer, Head of Product Administration S-Class.
“No different series-produced saloon fulfils the very best safety class for civilian autos fairly as comprehensively. And on the similar time high quality and sturdiness are at collection normal, because of intensive improvement and testing actions. The brand new particular safety model ‘protects what issues’.”
Mercedes-Benz has been constructing particular safety autos since 1928 and thus for over 90 years. Prospects of the brand new S 680 GUARD 4MATIC profit from these a few years of expertise. The built-in safety system (iSS) reaches a brand new stage: whereas the mandatory protecting supplies have been beforehand built-in into the usual bodyshell construction for the GUARD saloons, a GUARD-specific bodyshell of protecting parts has now been developed. This self-supporting protecting cell represents the core of the iSS.
Finally, the (aluminium) outer pores and skin serves as a design shell and ensures an not easily seen look. Along with the armouring, the iSS contains the difference of the suspension, engine and transmission to make sure dealing with that’s nearly on a par with that of the collection automobile. As a result of a parallel improvement course of alongside the large-scale manufacturing fashions, the longevity of the GUARD autos additionally reaches collection manufacturing stage.
Along with the unseen armouring parts, the clear space of the home windows is an integral and important a part of the safety idea. The fabric and thickness of the multi-layer glass ‘sandwich’ meet the excessive necessities of the VR10 security classification. The interior surfaces of the glass are coated with polycarbonate for splinter safety. Regardless of their complete protecting impact, they provide wonderful visibility. They usually have been built-in in such a manner that they aren’t noticeable at first look – one other important benefit of the built-in safety system.
The inside house additionally advantages from the flowery iSS idea, because the consolation dimensions largely correspond to these of the lengthy S-Class. As with the manufacturing mannequin, it was potential to maintain the joins within the bodyshell to a minimal, so fulfilling the “Seamless” declare of the Sensual Purity design philosophy. And in the case of consolation and appointments, the four- and five-seater variations can each maintain their very own with their sister fashions: greater than 80 individualisation choices can be found for the S-Class, from lively ambient lighting and a media show that includes OLED expertise via to a First-Class rear suite and rear airbag. There are nearly no restrictions on trim elements and color mixtures. Nonetheless, elective extras that contradict the protecting objective, equivalent to a sliding sunroof, will not be out there.
Licensed: highest civilian safety class by way of ballistics and first use of biofidelic dummies in blast assessments
The brand new S 680 GUARD 4MATIC is licensed in response to directives of the VPAM (Affiliation of take a look at centres for attack-resistant supplies and buildings). Members of the VPAM are company-independent (impartial) inspection our bodies and establishments.
The testing was carried out by the Beschussamt Ulm, the one testing and certification physique for weapons, ammunition and security expertise within the German state of Baden-Württemberg and some of the state-of-the-art institutes of its sort. The brand new S-Class GUARD meets the necessities of the very best civilian safety class VR10 in response to the usual VPAM BRV model three (Bullet Resistant Automobiles). On this take a look at the physique and home windows should stand up to fireplace from an assault rifle utilizing armour-piercing ammunition. The S 680 GUARD 4MATIC additionally meets the necessities of Germany’s Federal Legal Police Workplace (BKA).
Safety in opposition to blast assaults is documented by compliance with the most recent model of the VPAM ERV(Explosive Resistant Automobiles) normal, the take a look at standards for which aren’t freely out there. The S 680 GUARD 4MATIC was not solely the very first automobile to finish the present assessments, it additionally achieved the highest scores in all three assessments (roof, flooring and facet) with three out of three stars. Check end result: “no harm” to dummies and indicators in response to evaluation scheme VPAM ERV.
For the primary time, the VPAM ERV certification on this case included assessments with so-called biofidelic dummies. Consideration was given to the harm to the dummies on all seats, which differ in design (relying on the take a look at case). The Primus mannequin used was developed by the corporate CTS along with the Technical College of Berlin (TU Berlin) and the Dresden College of Utilized Sciences (HTW Dresden), incorporating findings from the Berlin Charité research-based instructing hospital. Primus is especially nicely fitted to this particular use: bone density and construction are modelled on the human skeleton in each element. Epoxy resin aluminium powder is used as a bone substitute, and webbing manufactured from propylene is used as ligaments and tendons. The tissue and inside organs of this biofidelic dummy are manufactured from silicone and acrylic. Due to the human-like construction, accidents are simply recognisable from the skin. The analysis was primarily based on probably the most severely affected dummy or seat.
Different technical refinements: new door actuators and hydraulically operated window lifters
The very best stage of safety mixed with the very best consolation for passengers and employees, that’s the GUARD philosophy. This may be illustrated with two examples. The S 680 GUARD 4MATIC, for instance, options newly developed door actuators. Though the doorways are very heavy as a consequence of their armouring, this electro-mechanical system signifies that solely low working forces are required when opening and shutting. This is applicable not solely on stage floor, but additionally when the automobile is on a slope. The stepless door arrest additionally proves its price on this state of affairs. The door’s sensor expertise detects when and the way it’s to be moved or stopped. Algorithms from human-supporting robotics (cobots) are used. The system facilitates the work of the bodyguards specifically, and on the similar time they will preserve one hand free.
There’s additionally a variety of intelligence within the hydraulically (as an alternative of electrically) operated window lifters. Even when the on-board energy provide fails, emergency operation is feasible, i.e. closing within the occasion of an tried assault. In every door there’s a corresponding unit consisting of a compressor and valve block along with a strain accumulator.
Different particular gear designed particularly for the S 680 GUARD 4MATIC features a fireplace extinguishing system with computerized triggering operate and an emergency recent air system that protects occupants from penetrating smoke or irritant gases and provides them with recent air. Different particular GUARD choices embody an intensive vary of apparatus for official authorities, equivalent to a siren, flashing lights and radios, in addition to a panic alarm system.
The Michelin PAX run-flat tyres are a regular characteristic. Even with faulty tyres, it’s potential to maneuver out of the hazard zone as much as a distance of 30 kilometres.
Powertrain: first GUARD saloon with 4MATIC
The V12 biturbo energy unit has been extensively revised for its use within the new S-Class era. The exhaust fuel turbochargers, exhaust manifold and air ducting have been all tailored. Additionally new is a closed-loop petrol-engine particulate filter. The V12 has an output of 450 kW/612 hp and a displacement of 5980 cc. The utmost torque is 830 Nm from 2000 rpm. An important options of the engine embody an all-aluminium crankcase, a one-piece chain drive, a solid crankshaft manufactured from high-quality quenched and tempered metal, solid pistons and a multi-spark ignition system with twelve double ignition coils.
Options of the all-wheel-drive system, mixed right here for the primary time with the twelve-cylinder engine, embody a low system weight, optimum traction and driving security, and the very best ranges of experience consolation and driving dynamics. The usual torque distribution for this mannequin is 31 p.c to the entrance axle and 69 p.c to the rear axle. Amongst different issues, the all-wheel drive was tailored to the upper automobile weight of the GUARD model with stronger facet shafts.
Expertise: Mercedes-Benz has been constructing special-protection autos for over 90 years
It began manner again with the 1928 Nürburg 460 mannequin, when Daimler-Benz grew to become the primary firm to start factory-fitting saloons with particular protecting options to protect the occupants from gunshots and explosives. Mercedes-Benz additionally developed specifically protected variants of subsequent luxury-class and status autos such because the “Grand Mercedes” 770 and the five hundred mannequin. The Japanese Emperor Hirohito personally selected an armoured “Grand Mercedes” as a befitting automobile for his personal use. This automobile was delivered in 1935.
Many politicians and heads of state adopted the emperor’s instance and entrusted their security and safety to Mercedes-Benz special-protection autos. From 1965 onwards, the corporate provided quite a few fashions with particular safety. Along with the legendary Mercedes-Benz 600 as a Saloon and Pullman Saloon, these included V8 fashions of the S-Class within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties, such because the 280 SEL 3.5, the 350 SE/SEL and 450 SE/SEL in addition to the 380 SE/SEL to 560 SEL.
In 2016, the corporate offered the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 Guard, the primary mannequin to satisfy the very best stage of safety for civilian autos with resistance class VR10.
Attention-grabbing info & figures
The Primus biofidelic dummy from CTS has 42 bones – this quantity corresponds to about one fifth of the human skeleton. As well as, there are twelve soft-tissue elements and inside organs.
All in all, the bags compartment holds about 390 litres, because the (elective) fridge is situated within the centre armrest within the rear. Behind it’s an armoured firewall.
The S-Class GUARD can nonetheless cowl as much as 30 kilometres after a puncture because of Michelin PAX run-flat tyres.
The S 680 GUARD 4MATIC is on the market in four- and five-seater variations. The essential value is € 457,1002 plus worth added tax.
Mercedes-Benz has been constructing particular safety autos for 93 years. The primary mannequin was the Nürburg 460.
For weight causes, the highest velocity is electronically restricted to 190 km/h.
After the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with brief and lengthy wheelbase and the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, the GUARD is already the fourth physique variant of the brand new era.