The Car Geek: What!? An Amored Mercedes-Benz S-Class!?

The Car Geek

Thursday, May 17, 2007

What!? An Amored Mercedes-Benz S-Class!?

Right. If you belong to the most important persons in the world that include political leaders, billionaires, and diplomats and you want to have the highest level of security in your ride, well, the armored Mercedes-Benz S 600 got you covered.

RENNtech, the Florida-based high performance tuning company for Mercedes-Benz and AMG models has recently teamed up with INKAS, a company that specializes in building armored vehicles and other security services. The two companies worked together to create the high performance and armored Mercedes-Benz S 600. This Mercedes-Benz model can withstand the highest level of ammunition and ballistics.

"We're in the business of protecting our clients and that means we have to be ready for anything. You can not tell if you are looking at the vehicle from the outside, its when you open the doors you see the professionally finished INKAS Overlap System, but you'd have to really be looking. "From ten feet, five feet and two feet away, it's just another Benz - if you could ever really say that about a Mercedes." said Chris Pecalevsk, Director of Business Development at INKAS Armored.

INKAS gave the Mercedes-Benz S 600 Level IV armoring that can resist close-range Armor Piercing bullets. The vehicle also comes with run-flat performance tires, armored panels and ballistic glass for enhanced protection.

Now for the vehicle's performance, leave that to RENNtech. The company revamped the engine to produce a maximum 640 hp and 775 lb-ft amount of peak torque. RENNtech also gave the armored Mercedes-Benz S 600 with exclusive Mercedes performance parts including the stainless steel-braided brake lines for the 15.2-inch two-piece front and 14-inch rear brake, upgraded intercooler pump, and carbon fiber air box.

"No matter how much armor you have, armor just buys you time to escape. You can't just sit there waiting for the bad guys to run out of bullets - and a thousand pounds of armor doesn't make it any easier to outrun the bad guys, either." said Hartmut Feyhl, head of RENNtech.

Feyhl added: "We looked at the situation together, with the idea that, if you or your family are in danger, you really have only a few seconds to escape. Any car could benefit from tuning in that situation, of course - but an armored car especially. It needs more power and better cooling to accelerate away from danger, and better brakes and suspension to handle that extra weight during cornering and defensive driving maneuvers."

Unfortunately, for some security reasons, the two companies did not release other details about the armored Mercedes-Benz S 600.