PM Narendra Modi is surely one of the most influential leaders in the world. And if we talk about his car collection, that’s one of the best for sure. Well, he has recently got a new set of wheels which costs more than Rs 12 crore. Yes, you read that right! According to the reports, it is known that the newest car in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy is the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Guard, and this is an upgrade from the Range Rover Vogue and the Toyota Land Cruiser, the cars that he used until recently. PM Narendra Modi was first seen in the new Maybach S650 Guard at Hyderabad House earlier this month. He was spotted with his brand new car when he met Russian President Vladimir Putin on his India visit.
This luxury bullet-proof saloon that has been recently added to the PM’s fleet is actually the facelifted version of the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Guard, which was globally unveiled in 2019. WEll it has to be noted that this sedan wasn’t officially launched in India, but Mercedes-Benz did launch the Maybach S600 Guard in the country back in 2016 at a whopping Rs 10.50 crore, ex-showroom. Although the price of PM Modi’s brand new Mercedes-Maybach S650 Guard has not been officially disclosed yet, it does vary depending on the options installed in it. So depending on the options installed in it, it is expected to cost around Rs 12 crore – Rs 15 crore (approximately without taxes).
Let’s know about the main highlights of the car:
If we talk about the key highlights of PM Modi’s new Maybach S650 Guard, well, it gets the VR10-level protection. This VR10-level protection is known as the highest level of armored protection which can be available on a production car. This luxury saloon has the ability to withstand hardened steel core bullets. In addition to this, PM Modi’s brand new car has also received an Explosive Resistant Vehicle (ERV) 2010 rating, which means that the car also has the ability to protect the occupants from a 15 kg TNT explosion from a distance of just two meters. Adding to this list, the lower part of the car is heavily armoured in order to protect the occupants from direct explosions. Moreover, the car’s cabin gets a separate air supply in case of a gas attack.
Powering the Mercedes-Maybach S650 Guard, it is a 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 engine that churns out 523 hp of maximum power and 830 Nm of peak torque, and it has an electronically restricted top speed of 190 kmph. In addition to this, the sedan also has special run-flat tyres that helps to run up to 30 km in case of any damage or puncture. Apart from these hi-tech advanced safety features in order to protect the Prime Minister of India, the Maybach S650 Guard continues to get all the other creature comforts that are offered on the standard Mercedes-Maybach S650.
Also, it has to be mentioned that the request for a new car for the Prime Minister of India is usually made by the Special Protection Group or SPG, the ones who are responsible for protecting the head of state of the country. The SPG first identifies the security requirements. The SPG then takes the decision if the dignified person they are protecting requires a vehicle upgrade or not. The SPG further orders two identical cars from which the second vehicle is used as a decoy. PM Narendra Modi has used various cars over the years, ranging from a humble bulletproof Mahindra Scorpio (as Gujarat’s CM) to a BMW 7 Series High-Security Edition, Land Rover Range Rover Vogue and Toyota Land Cruiser as PM.