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Mercedes Maybach Features & Price; PM Khan’s favorite car to drive heads of states

This article describes all the controversies involved and the main features and price of Mercedes Maybach that Prime Minister Imran Khan uses to drive Kings, Princes, PMs and Presidents of states to his official residence on their state visit - giving birth to what we call chauffeur diplomacy

Mercedes Maybach S-600s is an ultra-luxurious car that is used by heads of states. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan also drove state dignitaries who visited Pakistan in this car.

This is Mercedes Maybach (pronounced: mayebaakh) from 1909 which was revived in 2016. The increase in chasis size of Benz S-Class resulted in the birth of this beast. It also increased the leg space inside the car giving more space to the kings, presidents, prime ministers and even tall NBA players more comfortable space to sit.

Bulky looks, superior built quality, shiny skin and comfortable interior make it the best car available in Pakistani PM’s car fleet.

The most expensive sedan used by poor Pakistan’s officials

It costs around 200,000 US dollars without a bulletproof body.

Previous Pakistani prime minster had collected half a dozen Mercedes Maybachs most of which were bulletproof. The price of bulletproofed Mercedes Maybach is Rs. 18 crore apiece.

Previous governments used to spent billions yearly on the procurement and maintenance of these cars. 6 brand new Mercedes Maybach ordered to import for SAARC Summit in 2018 by PM Nawaz Sharif. The order arrived just before PM Khan took over the government which gave the perception that the cars arrived for PM Imran Khan.

In late 2018, two Mercedes Maybach S-600s were put on auction by PM house; each priced at 1.3 million US dollars. PM Khan ordered an auction of Mercedes Maybach and other cars as, a part of austerity campaign. However, a few were not sold which are used to provide communication facilities to PM, President and dignitaries of other states.

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The most expensive variant is Maybach Exelero sold for a whopping 8,000,000 US dollars, making it easily one of the most expensive cars on planet earth. Exelero has a 700 hp twin-turbo V12 engine hence it is described as the most powerful automobile ever.

Daimler AG owns Mercedes-Benz and it is a German car. It is the company that also built Panzer Tanks for the German army during World War II.

Main features of Mercedes-Maybach S600
Year: 2016
Make: Mercedes
Model: Mercedes-Maybach S600
Engine: V12
Transmission: seven-speed automatic
Horsepower @ RPM: 523 @ 5300
MPG(Cty): 13
MPG(Hwy): 20
Torque @ RPM: 612 @ 1900
Energy: BiTurbo
Displacement: 6.0 L
0-60 time: 4.7 sec.
Top Speed: 130 mph
Layout: Front Engine; Rear Drive


Bulletproof technology

Bulletproof version of Mercedes Maybach consists following main features.

BALLISTIC GLASS: original glass replaced with layered glass, acrylic, polycarbonate laminates. Maintains the original appearance and design with superior optics – saves passengers from blast, accident and sniper bullets.

OPAQUE ARMOR: Entire passenger compartment armored with light synthetic fiber laminates and air-hardened, and heat-treated ballistic alloys.

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OTHER FEATURES: Reinforced suspension, Run-flat tires, Armored battery, radiator protection, ECM and fuel tank, and operable windows.

Chauffeur diplomacy by PM Imran Khan

PM Imran Khan has driven each and every head of state that has visited Pakistan under his term. In pictures, PM Khan is seen driving Mercedes Maybach S-600s.

PM drove Saudi Crown Prince and heads of UAE, Qatari, Turkish and Malaysian states to PM house.