Safety engineering.

Over three decades, intensive Mercedes-Benz safety engineering programs have resulted in the more than 100 different safety elements incorporated into the 6.9.

Active safety features - those designed to help prevent accidents - include the vast power of the 6.9, coupled with the agility derived from its unique suspension, its four-wheel power disc brakes and the visibility, convenience and comfort for the driver in handling the vehicle.

In the area of passive safety - those features designed to minimize injury in an accident - there are front and rear crumple zones, a rigid passenger shell with massive box beam construction, and an array of fea- tures down to such small but important details as conical safety door locks with counter balanced inertia mechanism.


The 6.9 passenger shell is designed with strength and rigidity to shield occupants, while the interior is soft and yielding. The steering wheel and column are constructed to collapse on impact, and the instrument panel is heavily padded. Front and rear crumple zones are designed to absorb impact and shield the rigid passenger shell. Regenerative shock absorbers are incorporated into the energy-absorbing bumpers. Metal bulkheads surround the fuel tank, which is located deep within the 6.9 body, in a protected area over the rear axle.

1.  The front axle design on the 6.9 provides progressive anti-dive control with a zero offset feature that results in improved directional stability and steady tracking when braking, even on difficult road surfaces.
2.  Tapered cone door locks, used in conjunction with a counterbalanced inertia mechanism, are designed to stay shut on impact and be opened afterward.
3.  The steering gear case is located in a protected position behind the front axle. The telescoping steering column, padded steering wheel, and special impact absorbing hub are all designed to reduce the effects of an impact on the driver.


Passenger Shell.
The roof frame (1) and the front (2), center (2) and rear (4) pillars are designed for side impact and roll-over protection. The frame floor (5) utilizes heavy cross members for added side impact protection. The front (6) and rear (7) subframes are designed as energy absorbers to collapse at a controlled rate on impact.


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