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Trevor Collett | Sep, 09 2014 | 9 Comments

The Federal Government has awarded Mercedes-Benz the contract to supply high-security vehicles for the upcoming G20 summit in Brisbane.

The German carmaker will supply 16 of its recently-unveiled S 600 Guard limousines for the protection of the event's visiting heads of state and dignitaries.

But rather than purchase the fleet - which would have cost a minimum of around AU$650,000 each - the government will instead lease the 16 vehicles before and during the summit at a cost of AU$1.8 million.

While the base-spec S 600 Guard is hardly 'basic', the options list is enormous and includes features likely to be fitted to the leased vehicles.

For example, a chauffeur package, rear executive seat, rear ‘business console’ (available with or without telephone) and an ‘air-balance’ package that filters and fragrances the air are just some of the options available.

There’s also a panic alarm, emergency fresh-air system to combat harmful gasses or smoke and a ‘warmth comfort package’ that “warms all surfaces the occupants might come into contact with”.

Probably won’t need that last feature in Brisbane during November…

Mercedes-Benz rightly claims that the Guard is barely distinguishable from a regular S 600, but they’re likely to stand out on Australian roads as each of the leased cars will be left-hand-drive.

Powering each limo will be Benz’s 6.0 litre V12 petrol engine producing 390kW and 830Nm, matched to a 7G-tronic automatic transmission.

Top speed is limited to 210km/h due to the extra weight, but the S 600 Guard can attempt to escape a dangerous situation at speeds of up to 30km/h thanks to its special Michelin run-flat tyres.

In a case of ‘sharing it around’, the Federal Government recently awarded a contract to BMW to supply high-security Commonwealth cars from its 7 Series range.

The 2014 G20 summit kicks off in Brisbane on November 15.

MORE: Mercedes-Benz News | Federal Government News

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