The newest car in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy is a Mercedes-Maybach S650 Guard, an upgrade from the Range Rover Vogue and the Toyota Land Cruiser that he used until recently.
PM Modi was first seen in the new Maybach S650 Guard at Hyderabad House earlier this month when he met Russian President Vladimir Putin on his India visit.
According to Car and Bike portal, the Maybach S650 Guard arrives with VR10-level protection, the highest of armoured protection available on a production car.
As per the report, the car can withstand bullets thanks to the upgraded windows and body shell and can take an assault from AK-47 rifles.
The Mercedes-Maybach S650 Guard offers the highest level of armoured protection available on a car. According to reports, the vehicle can withstand bullets thanks to the upgraded windows and body shell and can take an assault from AK-47 rifles.
The car gets an Explosive Resistant Vehicle (ERV) 2010 rating, and occupants are protected from a blast of 15 kg TNT from a distance of just two metres.
The windows have polycarbonate coating on the inside, while the under-body has been heavily armoured to protect the occupants from a direct explosion. The cabin also features a separate air supply in case of a gas attack, the report said.
Further, power comes from the 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 engine that develops 516 bhp and about 900 Nm of peak torque. The top speed is restricted to 160 kmph.
The car also features special run-flat tyres that will continue to function in case of damage or puncture to ensure a quick getaway. Other creature comforts are carried over from the standard Maybach S-Class including the plush interior with seat massagers, while the seats themselves have been repositioned for enhanced legroom.
Reportedly, Mercedes-Maybach S650 Guard costs around Rs 12 crore.