Based on Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Luxury vehicles based on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class are being armored in Bremen since 1985. This includes also the latest model (V222) that was launched in May 2013. Currently the new S-Class is armored by TRASCO to the high levels of ballistic protection in level 7 (formerly B6) and level 9 (formerly B7).

The S-Class is the most requested armored Head of State vehicle in the high end market. In more than 25 years of company history over 1000 armored sedans and stretched limousines, armored and unarmored, were built by TRASCO. TRASCO's employees are among the most experienced within the industry having armored several generations of the S-class in Bremen, Germany, going back up to the W100 Pullman.

Armoring

Threat

Testlevel according to
VPAM APR 2006

Classification by
PM 2007 (PM)    
BRV 2009 (VR)

Stanag 4569
AEP 55 (level)

Comparable to*                        
DIN EN 1063 (BR),          
DIN EN 1522/23 (FB),      
BRV 1999 (VR)          

Type of Weapon

Calibre

Type of bullet          

Testcondition

Standoff (m)

Standard Hit Spacing

4

PM 4
VR 4

 

BR 4
FB 4
VR 4

357 S/W

.357 Magnum

FJ(1)/CB/SC

10 +/- 0.5      

3 shots on the vertices of a triangle @ 120 +/- 10mm

44 S/W

.44 Magnum

FJ(2)/FN/SC

7

PM 7
VR 7

Level 1

BR 5
FB 5
VR 5

M16A2/Famas-G2

5.56 x 45mm

FJ(2)/PB/SCP(1)

10 +/- 0.5

3 shots on the vertices of a triangle @ 120 +/- 10mm

BR 6
FB 6
VR 6

M80 Ball
(M60/M14/FAL-FN)

7.62 x 51mm

FJ(1)/PB/SC

   

( B6+ not classified)

M16A1/Famas-G1 (M193)

5.56 x 45mm

FJ(2)/PB/SC

9

PM 9
VR 9

 

BR 7
FB 7
VR 7

M61-AP
(M60/M14/FAL-FN)

7.62 x 51mm

FJ(2)/PB/HC(1)

10 +/- 0.5

3 shots on the vertices of a triangle @ 120 +/- 10mm

Technical facts
 

Mercedes Benz S 500L

Type

V222

Fuel

Petrol

Cylinders

8

Cubic capacity in ccm

4,633

Torque Nm/rpm (*)

700 / 1800 - 3500

Power kw (HP)/rpm (*)

335 (455) /5.250 - 5.000

Seats

4

Tank capacity + subtank (l)

80

Left / right steering

Yes / Yes

Automatic transmission

Yes (7G-TRONIC PLUS)

Armoring level

B6 (VPAM Level 7)

Empty weight (kg)

3.320

Gross vehicle weight (kg)

3.770

Suspension
Brakes

Special manufactured heavy duty discs, calipers and pads are being used due to the increased weight of the armored vehicle, which keep the brake performance and reduce fading for all time safety braking.

Tire and Rims

Due to the weight of the armored sedan or limousine, the vehicle is equipped with special tires with an increased load index.

Rims with special unique design and proven payload include the run flat system for emergency driving with a puncture up to a range of 50 km with 50km/h speed.