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.

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.

Updated 04/14/2014: Today we have created a pretty cool rendering for the upcoming S-Class Convertible. We hope you like it. Check it out after the jump.

Source: CarAdvice

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.

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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.

Source: AutoExpress

Wald International is slowly building up its line of Black Bison models and the latest vehicle to get dressed up is the ever-appealing Mercedes S63 AMG . The German tuner’s upgrade package for the luxury sedan is nothing short of fabulous with a very cool white - oddly not black - exterior finish and a new set of Vossen CV-1 22 inch wheels by Need 4 Speed Motorsports.

The exterior color and the new wheels are the standout features of the Black Bison S63 AMG, but Wald International did include more of their signature additions, like their typical exterior upgrade kit. This kit includes LED daytime running lights, sport front fenders, side skirts, a rear bumper with LED brake lights, new exhaust tips, and new trunk and roof spoilers. There is also a lowering package and a revised air suspension that offers a low, sporty profile for the luxury sedan.

Wald International hasn’t said anything about what they upgraded for the interior of the Mercedes S63 AMG, but the images released reveal a full leather package. We’re guessing they have also added a number of aluminum inserts, since that is usually part of their upgrade packages.

We knew that the time was coming eventually, and according to a source who spoke to Autoweek, the end has finally come to pass for Maybach .

Mercedes-Benz , the company that revived Maybach nine years ago, is finally pulling the plug on the luxury line in 2013. The decision to drop Maybach was spurned by disappointing sales figures for its two core models, the 57 and the 62 . It certainly didn’t help matters when efforts in trying to jumpstart the company didn’t amount to anything, particularly when a proposed deal with Aston Martin to assist in building future models ended up falling by the wayside.

For now, the plan is for Maybach to continue selling the two models until 2013 when Mercedes’ fifth generation S-Class finally hits the market. The next-gen S-Class will likewise see an all-new S600, which you could take the reins from Maybach in competing in the ultra-luxury market currently dominated by Rolls-Royce and Bentley .

We can’t say that we didn’t see this coming, although we’re a little disappointed that Mercedes didn’t exercise a little bit more patience before they cut the cord. Then again, it wasn’t our decision to make and if Mercedes really wanted to cut their losses on the brand, they have every right to do so.

Source: Autoweek

TheF125 Concept concept unveiled as Mercedes ’ 125th anniversary is not just a simple coincidence. Next to featuring impressive gullwing doors, the concept is also featuring a hydrogen fuel cell powertrain, high-priced materials, computer-assisted driving, advanced telematics. You will say that the F125 will never make it to production, but according to Mercedes this concept might in fact inspire the 2025 S-Class .

"This is a visionary outlook that’s the direction we have to go with large cars. This research car was built with the perspective of, what does a car in 2025 look like? — more than two generations ahead," said Thomas Weber r&d chief for Daimler AG in a recent interview.

The biggest challenge for 2025 will be to hit a range up to 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) completely emissions free. Next to this the company is also consider an unproven method, a lithium-sulfur battery, to increase energy density and new Kevlar-like material to store hydrogen in the body cavities, increasing onboard hydrogen capacity and range.

"These two technologies are advanced, next-generation technologies, but they are not in the heavens," he said. "It’s clear what kinds of technologies we are looking for. We believe as a visionary forecast in 2020, 2025, these kinds of cars are possible."

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BMW has significantly improved the 7-Series and Audi has brought to the market a new A8 luxury sedan , so it was high time to see some improvements made to the Mercedes S-Class. For the 2013 model year, the company has decided to offer a new S-Class with a design inspired by the 2010 Mercedes F800 Style Concept and, most likely, a new engine line-up. These recent spy shots of the new S-Class testing at the Nurburgring show proof of half of those projections. Despite the heavy camouflage, the future luxury sedan looks much sharper and more elegant than the model it replaces.

It is rumored that the engine line-up for the future Mercedes will include a twin turbo 4.6L V8 engine producing 429 HP, a twin turbo 5.5L V12 delivering 510 HP, and an AMG twin turbo 5.5L V8 getting between 536 HP and 550 HP. A hybrid version has also been rumored for a very long time. It will combine a direct injected V6 engine and a 60 HP electric motor for an impressive fuel economy of 74 mpg.

Expect to see the 2013 Mercedes S-Class launched by the end of 2012.

German tuning firm, Carlsson , has come up with a new tuning program for the Mercedes S-Class , only this time, we won’t get a sniff of the program unless live in China.

That’s right; Carlsson’s ’CS 60 Royale’ tuning program for the Merc S-Class is being offered exclusively for the Chinese market.

In the event that you do live in China and you can avail of this program, then consider yourself lucky. The CS 60 Royale features an extensive body kit that includes a front lip, side skirts, boot lid spoiler, front and rear aprons, and new oval tailpipe trims. The S-Class also receives new polished stainless steel grille inserts, additional light units, vertically mounted LED daytime running lights, and a set of Carlsson’s own 20" 1/10 Brilliant Edition alloy wheels. Inside, Carlsson added a logo to the seat headrests, a set of blue illuminated sill plates, a plaque on the center console, and the signature of Carlsson president Mark Schuster.

Performance improvements are also part of Carlsson’s CS 60 Royale program, most notably the addition of a sports exhaust and a remapped ECU unit. With these modifications, the German tuning firm was able to take the S-Class’ twin-turbocharged V12 engine and increase its output from 517 horsepower all the way up to 600 horsepower. Translated, the S-Class can now hit 0-62 mph in just 4.3 seconds with a new top speed of 198 mph.

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