Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Guard is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new car
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's car has been upgraded to Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Guard. His new car was recently seen at Hyderabad House in Delhi when he arrived to welcome Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Guard is an upgrade from his Range Rover Vogue and the Toyota Land Cruiser that served as the Prime Minister's wheels over the past couple of years.
The car has been equipped with VR10-level protection.
The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Guard offers the highest level of armoured protection available on a production car. The saloon 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, thanks to its capability of protecting occupants from a blast of 15 kg TNT from a distance of just two metres. The windows get polycarbonate coating on the inside, while the under-body has been heavily armoured to protect the occupants from a direct explosion. The cabin also gets a separate air supply in case of a gas attack.
Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Guard is powered with a 6-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 gets special run-flat tyres that will continue to function in case of damage or puncture to ensure a quick getaway.
Does PM Modi buys his own cars?
PM’s security is a matter handled by SPG and they are the ones who request for a car to enhance the security. SPG identifies the security requirements and then takes the decision if the state head requires a vehicle upgrade.
It must be noted that 2 similar cars are ordered by the SPG to extra enhance the security. Each car is priced at Rs 12 crore.
It's also interesting to note that President Ram Nath Kovid upgraded from his W221 Mercedes-Benz S 600 Pullman Guard to the new Mercedes-Benz S-class Pullman Maybach Guard earlier this year.