Link Copied

This $500,000 armored Mercedes-Maybach limo is a force to be reckoned with

In 2002, needing a car to compete against Rolls-Royce's upcoming Phantom and ...

In 2002, needing a car to compete against Rolls-Royce's upcoming Phantom and ...
Share Slide

... Bentley's stalwart Arnage T ...

... Bentley's stalwart Arnage T ...
Share Slide

... Mercedes revived the long-dormant Maybach brand.

... Mercedes revived the long-dormant Maybach brand.
Share Slide

Although the Maybach 57 and 62 models became pop-culture sensations, they didn't generate enough income to justify keeping the brand around.

Although the Maybach 57 and 62 models became pop-culture sensations, they didn't generate enough income to justify keeping the brand around.
Share Slide

In 2011, Mercedes shuttered Maybach.

In 2011, Mercedes shuttered Maybach.
Share Slide

But for the 2016 model year, Mercedes brought back the Maybach name.

But for the 2016 model year, Mercedes brought back the Maybach name.
Share Slide

This time, instead of offering a separate brand, the name appears as a high-end version of the company's S-Class sedan, called the "Mercedes-Maybach S600."

This time, instead of offering a separate brand, the name appears as a high-end version of the company's S-Class sedan, called the "Mercedes-Maybach S600."
Share Slide

Although the Maybach S600 is one of the most solidly built cars on the road today, it isn't designed to stop bullets.

Although the Maybach S600 is one of the most solidly built cars on the road today, it isn't designed to stop bullets.
Share Slide

That's where Toronto-based Inkas Armored Vehicle Manufacturing comes in.

That's where Toronto-based Inkas Armored Vehicle Manufacturing comes in.
Share Slide

For $500,000 — including the $189,000 for the Maybach — Inkas will create a custom-armored limo fit to provide S600 owners with that extra measure of security.

For $500,000 — including the $189,000 for the Maybach — Inkas will create a custom-armored limo fit to provide S600 owners with that extra measure of security.
Share Slide

These guys certainly know what they are doing. Their other offerings include this Huron armored personnel carrier and ...

These guys certainly know what they are doing. Their other offerings include this Huron armored personnel carrier and ...
Share Slide

... this $1 million Mercedes G63 AMG limo.

... this $1 million Mercedes G63 AMG limo.
Share Slide

In addition, Inkas offers armored versions of various luxury vehicles, including the Cadillac Escalade and the Range Rover.

In addition, Inkas offers armored versions of various luxury vehicles, including the Cadillac Escalade and the Range Rover.
Share Slide

The customization work is done at the company's facility in Ontario.

The customization work is done at the company's facility in Ontario.
Share Slide

Here's a Lexus LX570 going through the armored-customization process.

Here's a Lexus LX570 going through the armored-customization process.
Share Slide

As for Maybach, Inkas' modifications will include "lightweight" armor plating and structural reinforcements able to comply with European CEN 1063 BR7 standards.

As for Maybach, Inkas' modifications will include "lightweight" armor plating and structural reinforcements able to comply with European CEN 1063 BR7 standards.
Share Slide

Other modifications include a reinforced suspension and braking system along with run-flat tires. It's even got a smokescreen generator to help you escape a tricky situation!

Other modifications include a reinforced suspension and braking system along with run-flat tires. It's even got a smokescreen generator to help you escape a tricky situation!
Share Slide

In fact, the S600's bulletproof glass offers the same level of ballistic protection as the body of the car.

In fact, the S600's bulletproof glass offers the same level of ballistic protection as the body of the car.
Share Slide

Power for the Maybach S600 comes from a 6.0-liter biturbo V12 engine, producing 523 horsepower.

Power for the Maybach S600 comes from a 6.0-liter biturbo V12 engine, producing 523 horsepower.
Share Slide

Inside, the modified Maybach S600 looks indistinguishable from the standard car.

Inside, the modified Maybach S600 looks indistinguishable from the standard car.
Share Slide

Complete with mood lighting.

Complete with mood lighting.
Share Slide

Special features include a fire-suppression system and independent air-conditioning systems.

Special features include a fire-suppression system and independent air-conditioning systems.
Share Slide

Just to remind the occupants of the car's power, the seats come complete with "V12" badges.

Just to remind the occupants of the car's power, the seats come complete with "V12" badges.
Share Slide

Ultimately, armored or not, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 is all about luxury — and this car certainly delivers.

Ultimately, armored or not, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 is all about luxury — and this car certainly delivers.
Share Slide
More from our Partners