Grenade and M16 Repellent Armored S-Class

Armored Car

A couple of DM51 grenades? No problem.

Despite its cutting-edge automated safety systems, for heads of state, the rich and the paranoid, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is simply not safe enough. That’s where German outfit Transeco comes in, who in one form or another have been building armored vehicles for the best part of 30 years. The company’s latest project offers a ballistic protection level of seven, which means the car is strong enough to resist anything from a .357 Magnum to an M16 firing 5.56 x 45mm rounds.

A full armored cage surrounding the passenger compartment coupled with an armored underside protects against two DM51 grenades, while the trunk can also be armored to keep the battery and other electrical components secure. With all that heavy armor, the S-Class tips the scales at 7,319 pounds, so all the door hinges are reinforced, a self-closing door feature has been added, and heavy duty brakes and suspension are also needed. Other highlights include laminated glass windows, optional reinforced bumpers and run-flat tires that enable the car to be driven for 31 miles at speeds of up to 31 mph after a puncture.

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