Monday, February 26, 2007

Mercedes-Benz Rolls Out New 517-HP Pullman State Limo, for Potentates With Panache

STUTTGART, Germany — Monarchs and heads of state — or those with bank accounts approaching monarchical levels — will soon be able to step into the latest Mercedes-Benz limo, the S600 Guard Pullman, a behemoth that puts a premium on personal protection.

Mercedes-Benz New 517-HP Pullman State LimoThe new armored Pullman limousine is based on the long version of the S600 with a "substantially extended wheelbase length," said the German automaker. Among its unique selling points: Its armor resists military-standard small-arms projectiles and provides protection against fragments from hand grenades and other explosive devices. Standard features include run-flat tires, a self-sealing fuel tank and a fire-extinguishing system.

The Pullman is powered by a 12-cylinder biturbo engine with a displacement of 5,513cc and an output of 517 horses and peak torque of 612 pound-feet. The automaker said options include a choice of paint finishes, leathers and woods. "Even the most unusual of customer requests can be met," Mercedes-Benz said in a statement. The limo is designed to hold four passengers in the rear and has a rear entrance with increased headroom.

The nameplate is derived from Pullman railroad sleeping cars.

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