Think United States President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Paul Biya of Cameroon are the only world leaders that boasts an impressive military-grade official car ? Then you are wrong.
Muhammadu Buhari, who was recently sworn-in as the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, also boasts an armoured luxury ride.
Just like the old model he inherited from ex-president Goodluck Jonathan four years ago, the new official car – the Mercedes-Maybach S 560 – which was unveiled during his inauguration ceremony, was custom made for the President.
Checks by AutoJosh reveal that the 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S 560 starts at $170,750 (or N61 million) for the unarmoured version. But this one is bulletproof and definitely more expensive – courtesy of ballistic steel plating, bulletproof windows, and tyres that stay inflated even if punctured.
Also included are features like Car-to-X Communication, Mercedes-Benz Emergency Call, Active Brake Assist, Adaptive Highbeam Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Active Lane Keeping Assist.
With the added weight, the armoured 2019 Mercedes-Maybach S 560 should be able zip from zero to 60 m.p.h. in a little above 5 secs with its 463 horsepower V-8 engine in case a quick getaway is in order.
While the car boasts a powerful engine, the interior is anything but aggressive. The 2019 Maybach S-class is best enjoyed from the rear seats, where the President can stretch out and relax on hot-stone-style massaging leather seats and curtains to close out the world, while enjoying the Burmester audio system.
The Mercedes-Maybach S 560 (& the S 650), the most popular sedan in the fleet of World leaders, is perhaps one of the most elegant way to be chauffeured around the Country .