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Mercedes has announced that it’s working on the next generation Pullman limousine, which is based on the long version of the S600 with a substantially extended wheelbase length. Pullman limos have transported some of the world’s most important leaders across the decades and this all-new model should continue the tradition. Behind the partition, there is space for four passengers in the rear compartment with face-to-face seats, like the Pullmans of old.
In terms of technology, the new Pullman Limousine is based on the flagship Mercedes Benz S600L Guard model. Power comes courtesy of a 5.5L V12 biturbo engine developing 380kW/517 hp and a massive peak torque of 830Nm. Both the chassis and the body have also been strengthened, since simply adding on an extension would not have ensured the required overall stability, given the extra-long wheelbase.
Buyers can also option the Pullman with the same security systems found in the S600 Guard, which is based on a S600L platform. Its armour resists military-standard small-arms projectiles and provides protection against fragments from hand grenades and other explosive devices. Additional safety features include run-flat tyres, a self-sealing fuel tank and a fire-extinguishing system.
The first editions of the new Mercedes-Benz State Limousine are due to be delivered in late 2008, so until then you’ll have to use the armoured S600 Guard.