Mercedes S-Class

Mercedes S-Class

  The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the ultimate reward for a lifestyle shaped by mobility, individuality, success and sophistication. You don't simply decide to buy an S-Class: it comes to you when fate has ordained that your life should take that course. The door closes with a reassuring clunk and you have arrived. This is what makes the car and its predecessors unique among the worlds great sedans. And has done so for more than half a century.

Generally the S-Class finds itself more at home cursing along the Autobahn at high speeds or taking a leisurely drive along some posh suburban California road while the occupants enjoy the comforts afforded within. However, in this spy video above, Mercedes engineers have lit the afterburners in that upcoming S500 Coupe.

Still covered in camouflage, the S-Class Coupe squeals its way around hard turns along the Nürburgring in Germany. Power comes from a 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 making 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, the car accels quickly after exiting each turn. From the level of protest heard from the tires, it seems Mercedes still intends the S-Class Coupe to be a boulevard cruiser rather than a track star champ.

Conversely, The upcoming S63 AMG makes its short appearance midway through the video as well (1:34). With its suspension tuned, sticker tires in place, and a more powerful engine, the S63 AMG is the proper gentleman’s speed racer. Powering that car will be a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 making roughly 577 horsepower and a massive 664 pound-feet of torque. The car will likely be offered in both RWD and 4Matic AWD, with the latter making sprints to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds.

It is a little odd the S500 still wears its camo while the S63 AMG bears it all since the S500 has already been officially debuted at Geneva while the AMG isn’t due until the New York Auto Show, though the official images have already been released. We just count ourselves lucky while enjoying the spy video.

Mercedes is rolling out an all-new nine-speed automatic transmission slotted for fitment within the brand’s sedans and wagons, starting with the E 350 BlueTEC . Mercedes says the transmission will not only help conserve fuel, but will decrease in-car NVH levels and reduce exterior noise pollution, while providing smoother shifts at faster intervals than the outgoing seven-speed 7G-TRONIC transmission it replaces.

While its just now becoming available in the E 350 BlueTEC, the 9G-TRONIC will become common across the Mercedes lineup. Expect to see the unit find a home within the S-Class next, followed by C-Class , and possibly the CLA-Class . Engineers designed the transmission to be compatible with rear- and all-wheel-drive application, and even mild and full-hybrid systems. Basically, the 9G-TRONIC will be Mercedes’ bread-n-butter ‘box.

To meet the wide range of demands, engineers built the transmission to shift quickly and smoothly without any overly-perceivable shift points in its normal mode and sharp, direct shifts when placed in manual — and even more so in S mode. The gearbox is also able to shift over multiple gears for fast acceleration and deceleration. For example, the 9G-TRONIC can shift from 9th gear to 5th gear if the driver floors the accelerator. Conversely, the transmission can seamlessly shift from 3rd gear to 9th gear after a hard acceleration run up an interstate on-ramp.

What this means for performance, both on the track and in between gas stations, is simple: more gears equals lower revs when cruising and therefore increased fuel efficiency while faster shifts mean quicker overall performance numbers.

Click past the jump for more info on the 9G-TRONIC and the E 350 BluTEC

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After a series of leaked images published online, Mercedes has decided to finally take the wrap off their new flagship luxury coupe. While the official launch is still almost a month away at the Geneva Motor Show we sure aren’t complaining the early showcase.

The new model which will replace the CL at the top shelf of the German automaker’s shelf to streamline the manufacturer’s product range will be the first S-Class Coupé in almost 15 years with the last one belonging to the W140 series produced back in the 90s.

Based on the S-Class Coupé Concept which was showcased last year in IAA, Frankfurt, the production version retains the sensual design of the concept. Expected to reach dealerships in the second half of this year, the new car will showcase the best design, technology and luxury features the German marquee has to offer.

But will that be enough to fend off the competition? Read our full analysis to find out.

Updated 2/11/2014: Mercedes has revealed images and information on the S-Class.

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Today at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , Mercedes unveiled the most powerful version of the new S-Class lineup: the new S600 . With a history that spans more than half a decade, the S600 became one of the most successful model in the S-Class lineup, thanks to its more powerful engine and its incredible level of equipment.

The first S600 debuted back in 1963 and was powered by a fuel-injected V-8, but the model launched today adopted a more powerful V-12 biturbo engine that sounds more suitable for a model offered exclusively with a long wheelbase and a luxurious equipment package.

Next to this powerful engine, the new S600 will also be offered with lots of safety features and additional features that are not offered in the other S-Class models.

The new Mercedes S600 will be put on sale in the spring of 2014. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Mercedes-Benz S600.

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The new-generationMercedes S-Class will be making its world debut on May 15th, in Hamburg, Germany and it comes with lots of good news. Along with the sedan version, the new S-Class will also include new coupe and convertible version, but also a new limousine that will replace the old Maybach brand .

The new model - known as the S600 Pullman - was caught testing last week, and based on those spy shots, we have created a rendering that will help you get an idea on what to expect from the next model.

Spy shots revealed that the new S600 Pullman will be about 6 to 12 inches longer than the standard S-Class, thanks to the longer B-pillars and significantly longer rear doors. Under the hood, we expect the next S600 Pullman to get a twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that will deliver about 600 horsepower. Rumors suggest we will also see a hybrid version a few months after the gasoline model arrives on the market.

Expect the new Mercedes S600 Pullman to arrive a few months after the standard S-Class arrives on the market.

Updated 12/23/2013: The upcoming Mercedes S-Class Pullman was caught testing again, and we have the TopSpeed Exclusive spy shots after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the future Mercedes S-Class Pullman.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

My, how things have changed for Mercedes-Benz .

It wasn’t that long ago when Mercedes was fretting about the S-Class ’ lagging sales in the face of strong competition from the BMW 7 Series and the Audi A8 . So Merc sought an answer, and like a self-fulfilling premonition, it found a solution in the next-generation S-Class.

With a new flagship model in its fleet, customers can’t seem to have enough of the new S-Class, so much so that the German automaker announced that its ramping up production of its new luxury ride.

The law of supply and demand at its finest, folks.

With demand that its predecessor never received in its final days, the new S-Class has compelled Mercedes to add an extra 74 minutes a day on its employees’ schedule, beginning in 2014 at the Sindelfingen assembly plant in Germany where the luxury sedan is built. And this extended time comes after Mercedes already increased work days by 30 minutes this year on top of adding four shifts on Saturdays.

Such is the consequence of a strong 2013 in which the company reported an 11-percent increase in sales from January to November compared to the same time a year ago. In fact, the company has sold 1.32 million units in the first 11 months of the year, almost the same number it managed to sell for the entirety of 2012.

One reason for that is the surprising popularity of the S-Class, a car that has reinvigorated Mercedes’ attempts to rule the luxury car market.

So far so good, Mercedes. Now all you have to do is retain that momentum as 2014 rolls around.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Source: Auto News

Whenever the end of the year is upon us, we all spend enough time to take a break from all the holiday shopping to reflect on the year that was.

The same holds true in the automotive industry, except that instead of merely reminiscing, there are those that are in positions to hand out what they deem are the best cars of the year. Last week, 48 journalists from North America voted on the North American Car and Truck of the Year, whittling down the list to three finalists in each category with the winners being announced at the 2014 North American International Auto Show this coming January.

Well, Europe has its equivalent in the aptly named "Car of the Year jury." It consists of 58 members from 22 countries in Europe with representation depending on a specific country’s market size and its "importance in car manufacturing."

A subjective criteria, but okay, we’ll roll with it.

What’s important is that the list of contenders for the prestigious award has been narrowed down to seven finalists, all of which have as much chance as the other to succeed the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf . The winner will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March, giving the "Car of the Year" jury enough time to exhaust every analytical measure possible before making a decision on which car to vote for.

Good luck to all the finalists!

Click past the jump to read about the seven finalists for the Car of the Year award

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Mercedes S-Class Coupe

Its been a while since we last saw the Mercedes S-Class Coupe out for a testing session, but once the snow started falling in Europe, the company wanted to see how the car behaves in these conditions. Our spy photographers managed to shoot the next S-Class Coupe somewhere in Northern Sweden and as you can see, the prototype wears lighter camouflage than ever before.

The S-Class Coupe will be offered with a more aggressive design language than the S-Class sedan , but the engine lineup should be identical.

The coupe version will be offered with a 3.0-liter, V-6 engine in the base version and with a twin-turbocharged, 4.7-liter, V-8 powerplant in the more powerful S500 version. Mercedes is also developing an AMG version , which will be powered by a 5.5-liter, V-8 biturbo engine with an output of 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.

The S-Class Coupe will be unveiled next year at the Geneva Motor Show .

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Most of you are starting to think about what to buy to your loved ones, while folks in Germany are getting a good look at cool things to buy their cars at the Essen Motor Show . At this show, the major tuners of Germany, and not only, will display their best kits developed over the years, plus a series of new ones specially created for the show.

Like Lorinser did with this upgrade did based on the new Mercedes S-Class . The kit unveiled at the Essen Motor Show was based on the S550 version, but we’re pretty sure all the other variants will get similar treatments.

A base S550 is powered by a 4.6-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 455 horsepower, but Lorinser managed to squeeze another 75 horses from the powerful engine. With a total of 530 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, the Lorinser S550 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and up to 155 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes S-Class by Lorinser.

Source: WCF

Aftermarket companies usually pay close attention to performance and aesthetic upgrades when they’re building new programs for vehicles. On the rare occasion though, a tuning company eschews all that in favor of security and one firm that has made a good business out of it is Transeco.

Known for its armored vehicles, Transeco is taking a stab at turning the 2014 Mercedes S-Class into a veritable luxury fortress on four wheels. The program, which has been dubbed the Transeco S500L, is catered towards VIPs who know that security is paramount to their businesses.

As such, Transeco is acquiescing to these needs, fitting the S-Class with a ballistic protection level of 7, enough to withstand everything from a .357 Magnum to an M16 pelleting it with 5.56-by-45 mm rounds.

Laminated glass windows, armored pillars, and underbody protection were also added to beef up the security of the German luxury car while high-performance brakes, a modified suspension setup and run-flat tires were installed to provide performance and handling improvements that ties in well with the security enhancements given to the S-Class.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes S-Class by Transeco

Source: Transeco

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