This armored Mercedes S-Class is a despotic dictator’s car of choice

Find yourself in the middle of a peasant uprising? Well, fear no more members of the one percent because your car is here! It’s the Transeco armored edition of the Mercedes S500L.

Armor is nothing new to Mercedes’ list of safety features. Mercedes and aftermarket suppliers have been offering fully armored versions of the Benz since Pol Pot was rolling around in his 600 Grosser.

Even so, this new armored S-Class stands out. The passengers are ensconced in an armored cage that protects them from small arms and some explosives. Even the floor is armored for, you know, when the movie baddies throw a couple of DM51 grenades under your car.

The fun features don’t stop there; you can get an optional reinforced bumper, which is perfect for pushing cars or anarchists out of your way. You can get an armored box in the trunk to protect the battery and any special equipment you might have. The bad guys in Ronin should have invested in this option for their mystery case.

All this armor protection adds weight – and a lot of it. A standard S500L weighs in at a hefty 4800 pounds. After the paranoid engineers of Transeco are done bolting on armor, the car is groaning under the weight of an additional 3000 pounds.

Unsurprisingly a 7,800-pound car needs a few upgrades here and there to, you know, function. The doors have been fitted with heavy-duty hinges and a self-closing feature. That way dictators and shady tycoons don’t get a hernia trying to seal themselves off from the public.

The suspension has also been reinforced to keep it from collapsing. Given the staggering weight, Transeco probably had to resort to liberal use of unobtanium.  This same over-engineering has also made its way to the wheels and tires, which have been built to withstand the added weight, and to keep rolling when chock full of bullets.

The car keeps its standard 449-horsepower V8, which is plenty, but don’t expect it to be winning any races. Off the line little, old ladies in rascal scooters might be giving you a run for your money.

Even so, there is any number of deceased heads of state who would have been happy to trade in a little performance for bullet-proof doors and windows.

As for price, Transeco is the kind company that doesn’t come out and directly quote you a figure. But I can only imagine that we are talking twice the $100-grand price for a normal S500L.

Still, any amount of money is a small price to pay when you’re attacked by all those people whose pensions you ‘lost’.


Jaguar’s V2X technology will keep you from getting stuck at red lights

Jaguar wants to make sure you never have to rush through a yellow light again. The carmaker is building tools that will tell you what speed you'll need to drive to avoid getting stuck at a red light.

Here's where Xur is and what he has for wares this week in 'Destiny 2: Forsaken'

The weekly vendor in Destiny 2: Forsaken always brings Exotic weapons and armor, some of the toughest loot to find in the game. Here's everything you need to know to track down Xur: Where he is, when he shows up, and what he's stocking.

Here’s how to install Windows on a Chromebook

If you want to push the functionality of your new Chromebook to another level, and Linux isn't really your deal, you can try installing Windows on a Chromebook. Here's how to do so, just in case you're looking to nab some Windows-only…

From Rolls-Royce to Lamborghini, these are the most expensive cars in the world

If you recently discovered an oil reserve in your backyard, you probably have some extra cash to spend. Look no further, because we’ve rounded up the most expensive cars in the world.

Startup Rivian exits stealth mode with a bold promise to electrify off-roaders

Electric car startup Rivian has finally turned off stealth mode and provided details about what it's been working on since 2009. It will build battery-powered off-roaders instead of taking on Tesla and others in the luxury EV segment.

Honda will squeeze another model into its SUV lineup at the Los Angeles show

Honda will introduce a new SUV with a familiar nameplate at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show. It envisioned the 2019 Passport as a five-seater alternative to the eight-seater Pilot. The two models will share a platform and many tech features.

Fisker failed. But now the EV pioneer is ready for an epic redo

Henrik Fisker has already had a career most executives can only dream about. He designed the BMZ Z8, a couple of Aston Martins, and his own Fisker Karma. But he’s got a plan to disrupt the auto industry, forged by lessons learned over the…

Uber rolls out rewards program that lets its most loyal riders lock in prices

Uber launched a new loyalty program today called Uber Rewards. It offers frequent riders credits to Uber Eats, car upgrades, and the ability to lock in prices on their most traveled routes.

The world’s first 3D-printed titanium wheels are so intricate they look fake

HRE Performance Wheels and GE Additive have teamed up to create the world's first 3D-printed titanium wheels. They are not only impressively durable, but extremely lightweight as well.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I. selfie drones, ‘invisible’ wireless chargers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Emerging Tech

Smarter cities need smarter addresses. And you just need 3 words

To make really smart transportation choices, more precise location data will have to be integrated with citywide transportation data. Here’s how one company is mapping the world by using just three words.

Lamborghini transforms the Urus SUV into a dual-purpose race car

Breaking stereotypes and tradition, Lamborghini has turned the Urus SUV into a race car that's equally at home on a paved track and on a dirt trail. The ST-X concept gets bigger air intakes, a full roll cage, and center-locking alloy…

Drool over Lamborghini’s latest dream machine: The one-off SC18

The Lamborghini SC18 was built by the automaker's Squadra Corse racing department at the request of a customer. Based on the Lamborghini Aventador, it features upgraded aerodynamic aids and reduced weight.

Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn ousted, arrested after whistleblower cries foul

Nissan will oust chairman Carlos Ghosn after an internal investigation revealed he underreported his salary to Japan's financial authorities for years. Greg Kelly, one of Nissan's representative directors, will leave for the same reason.