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.
Okay, so there are two things that I really love, besides my family and close friends, of course. Those two things are cars (obviously) and football. With my love of football comes my love of fantasy football, much to my wife’s chagrin.
Well, the folks over at Shopautoweek have taken both of my loves and put them together in the form of automotive fantasy football. They chose a lineup of cars to make up the offensive side of a football team.
The team consists of a full assortment of offensive linemen, which you actually don’t have in most fantasy football leagues: a quarterback, fullback, running back, tight end, and two wide receivers. They even went as far as putting out a scouring report listing why they selected each car for these respective positions.
We do disagree with some of their selections, but overall it is a good effort. So check out the full infographic after the jump and let us know in the comments section what cars you would put on your team.
We’ll still have to wait another year to see the new generation Mercedes S-Class, but during that time, rumors surrounding the model are apt to get very interesting. According to Automobilemag, the next S-Class will be offered with no less than seven different body variations, going from the standard sedan version all the way up to a luxury Pullman version that will replace the outgoing Maybach luxury sedan.
First, there will be a standard wheelbase sedan codenamed W222 (this version will measure 200.79 inches). Then, for markets like China where extra large models are a hit, Mercedes will offer a long-wheelbase sedan codenamed V222 which will get another 7.08-inches in its length and an extra-long-wheelbase sedan codenamed X222 that will be 13.78-inches longer than that. The model replacing the old Maybach limousine is a six-door Pullman that stretches an impressive 25.59-inches in total length.
The S-Class line-up will also include a new model that will replace the CL-Class. This new model is codenamed C217 and is rumored to be called the SLC. The last two versions will include a full-size CL convertible (A217) and a full-size four-door coupe (V217). The strange thing is that both the Pullman and the drop-top version will be powered by a V12 engine with 680 HP and 811 lb-ft of torque!
Since airbags have become commonplace in cars in the last two decades – yes, it’s been that long – we have seen all sorts of different airbags in different locations to protect against various crashes. Now Mercedes is adding a new airbag of sorts to its 2014 S-Class. This newfound device is called the beltbag.
Here’s how the beltbag works. When the car is involved in a crash, the rear seatbelts will inflate with air and help cushion the seat’s occupant against torso damage caused by the belt. If you’ve ever been in a hard enough crash to jar you forward, you know how badly a seatbelt can bruise your chest and abdomen. The airbelt is supposed to prevent that damage.
This isn’t the first airbelt to be released though, as Ford included it in its optional features on the 2011 Explorer. This is, however, the first time it is a standard feature. We are curious as to why Mercedes did not add this feature to its front seatbelts, as the jolt forward is no different in the rear than it is in the front.
We also wonder how many years this will remain an optional feature before the NHTSA decides that this needs to be standard in all cars, thereby driving up the cost of a new car even more... Keep in mind, even front airbags were once only an option, as were tire pressure monitors, traction control, and ABS. Now those features are all required, in one for or another, on all cars sold in the U.S.
We’ll get to see this new belt system in action in Geneva next spring, which is when Mercedes-Benz unveils its new S-Class.
Did you know that riding a bike has two distinct advantages? The first is, of course, that it is good for your health, but the second may be a little harder to guess. Apparently, when you take your bike out for a ride, you have the chance of catching upcoming models as they are taken out for a test session. Like this biker who caught the 2014 Mercedes S-Class.
The next S-Class is set to be unveiled by the end of 2012. It will adopt a new design language and an impressive list of new technology, including a computer-controlled suspension system with redesigned multi-link front and rear axles, more efficient engines, and a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
The engine line-up will include an AMG twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 engine that will deliver between 536 HP and 550 HP. Rumors state that the next S-Class will also be offered with a hybrid powertrain that will combine a powerful direct injected V6 engine and a 60 HP electric hybrid module.
Mercedes is upping the ante against its German counterparts by bringing out the new generation S-Class, but the real competition may just lie in their new AMG version of it. We’ve just recently caught the S-Class AMG testing and, even though the styling doesn’t look to be on par with the competition just yet, we’ve put together a rendering in hopes that the final product will do it justice.
The next Mercedes S-Class AMG will be distinguished by a more aggressive look thanks to bigger air intakes, marked side sills, and a new rear bumper with a covered up diffuser. As a mark of the AMG class, the next S-Class AMG will receive quad exhaust pipes, a new set of wheels, and a sportier interior.
Under the hood, Mercedes will place a new AMG twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 engine that will deliver somewhere between 536 HP and 550 HP. We are hoping that an AMG Performance package will increase this output up to 580 HP.
The new Mercedes S-Class AMG will be unveiled in early 2013 with sales to begin shortly thereafter.
Now that Daimler’s ultra-luxury Maybach brand has been axed due to falling sales, the Mercedes S-Class is going to be getting a bit more attention to make up for the hole in the lineup. Previous rumors on a possible S-Class Convertible have been born and put to rest in the past, but the time may have finally come for those rumors to be resurrected.
According to CarAdvice, the future Mercedes S-Class Convertible has officially been confirmed by Mercedes insiders and will be based on the Ocean Drive Concept unveiled at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show. The model will be offered as an alternative to the very unsuccessful Maybach Laundalet, but unlike it, the S-Class Convertible will feature a folding fabric roof and will be offered in a two-door configuration.
When produced, the Mercedes S-Class Convertible will be a strong competitor for the likes of the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe, but will have the benefit of being considerably cheaper.
The technology and engine line-up for the Convertible S-Class will be borrowed from its sedan version set to be unveiled in 2013 and will arrive a few months after the sedan is unveiled.
Hennessey has just released an engine upgrade package specifically for the Mercedes AMG 5.5 liter biturbo V8 engine that will that will take your vehicle from hot to nuclear with just a few additions. The package is called the HPE700 and it increases the engine’s output from the standard 550 HP to an impressive 700 HP - hence the name.
As of right now, this engine powers the CLS63, E63, S63, G63, GL63, ML63, and SL63 AMG. In order to obtain this impressive upgrade, the tuner performed an HPE air induction system modification, HPE engine management calibration, and Dyno tuning. The update will get a 3 Year / 36,000 mile limited warranty. After all these updates, the V8 engine delivers a total of 700 HP at 5200 rpm and a peak torque 800 lbs-ft at 3,800 rpm.
Next to these engine updates, the tuner is also offering carbon fiber trim accessories and a new set of wheels combined with updated suspensions.
Usually, when a Mercedes S-Class gets a little work done to it, it is at the hands of Brabus. Not in this case! Lorinser has just dropped a tuning package called the S70, which is based on the S600.
The standard Merc S600 is powered by a powerful V12 engine that produces 510 HP. Lorinser got in there to install a power kit that pushes that output up to 805 HP! This impressive Power Kit includes a larger turbocharger, a free-flow exhaust system, and a reinforced rear axle, as well as the obligatory ECU mapping. As a result, the engine now delivers the aforementioned 805 hp and a peak torque of 936 lbs-ft between 1900-4200 rpm. Top speed comes electronically limited to 186 mph, but it can be increased to 205 mph upon request.
The exterior kit includes a new front air dam (with LED and PTS), a new rear bumper, side skirts, and a rear lip and roof spoiler. The car sits on a new set of 20" multi-part light-alloy wheels painted in matte-black. The interior is wrapped in Nappa leather in Maybach Zeppelin-look combined with wood in black piano lacquer.
We saw a package similar to this in early 2011 when Speedriven puts its own twist on the S600. That package let out 695 horsepower and 840 lb/ft of torque, but Lorinser’s package eclipses that. The only thing left to see is how much this upgrade is going to set us back.
Let’s take a little break from all those Geneva debuts and talk a little bit about the next generation Mercedes S-Class. The car was just caught testing yet again in cold Sweden where it showed up wearing less camouflage than ever before.
The stripping of the S-Class is a good thing for all of us who want to get even more details on the upcoming ride. The new S-Class will feature a new design language inspired by the latest Mercedes models, with a redesigned front end with a longer engine hood, new headlamps with LED technologies, and a new radiator grille.
The future luxury sedan will also feature new technologies like a computer-controlled suspension system with redesigned multi-link front and rear axles, more efficient engines, and a nine-speed automatic gearbox. Expect the AMG version to be powered by a turbocharged 5.5L V8 engine that produces between 536 HP and 550 HP.
The new generation Mercedes S-Class is set to be unveiled by the end of 2012, so stay tuned for more details!
Everyone knows that Mercedes is preparing a new generation S-Class for the 2013 model year, but as of late, the model was only offered as a sedan. Now, Mercedes plans on changing that by offering a total of four models, including, for the first time, a four-seater cabriolet.
During an interview with British magazine, AutoExpress, Dr. Uwe Ernstberger – Mercedes Program Manager for the S-Class - said: "The S-Class is the best luxury car in the world, and we have many surprises in terms of technology for the new model. It will deliver something very different to its rivals – and it will have a much broader range."
The first model to arrive after the base version will be the previously rumored S600 Pullman which will serve as a replacement for the recently discontinued Maybach line-up. Next, there will be a two-door S-Class coupe replacing the current CL-Class and a four-seater cabriolet featuring a vast folding roof inspired by the Ocean Drive Concept from the 2006 Detroit Auto Show. An E300 BlueTEC Hybrid version will also be offered.