Mercedes launches armoured E-ClassFebruary 18th, 2009 - 1:36 pm ICT by IANS
Stuttgart, Feb 18 (DPA) The world is a dangerous place and to minimise the risk for politicians and captains of industry, Mercedes-Benz is offering an armour-plated version of the sleek new E-Class saloon.
Outwardly identical to the standard model, the beefed-up, E-Guard limousine features metal plates and aramide plastics in the bodywork which is tough enough to withstand the blast of a hand grenade.
The protective package includes thick, polycarbonate windows which can block shots from a 0.44 Magnum hand gun along with air suspension to cope with the added weight. An intercom system enables passengers to contact the outside world in case of attack.
The 17 inch wheels are shod with bullet-proof tyres which can run flat for 48 km despite bullet damage. The armour is available for the E500, E350 and 350 CDI Blue Efficiency variants for an extra 45,000 euros ($58,000) in addition to the regular price tag.