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.
The Mercedes Benz tuner Carlsson has unveiled the RS Design Package for the S Class luxury limousine, giving the full sized sedan a sportier look while allowing it to shine though above and beyond the competition. Offering their customers quite a bit of versatility, the Carlsson RS package is made up of high quality components consisting of lightweight carbon fiber or the more economical polyurethane as an option. The RS Design Package transforms the S Class into a sporty four door worthy of a gentleman, with a well toned body complete with bolder arches and a more aggressive exterior providing Mercedes Benz owners with the highest degree of exclusivity and uniqueness.
The German automaker Mercedes Benz will unveil the Vision S 500 Plug-in HYBRID at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. This particular S 500 will be the first three liter car in the full sized premium class. This is because the S 500 Plug-in HYBRID consumes just 3.2 liters of gasoline for every 100 kilometers traveled, that equates to an average of 74 MPG, the same as a Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion. This is possible because the engineers at Mercedes have managed to combine a powerful direct injected V6, a 60 HP electric hybrid module and a next generation lithium ion battery pack with more than 10 kWh of storage capacity which allows the hybrid S Class to run for up to 30 Kilometers as an all electric zero emissions vehicle.
According to Daimler’s Dr. Dieter Zetsche, the S 500 Plug-in HYBRID "is a luxurious and safe S‑Class that offers superior driving performance while at the same time consuming less fuel than current compacts. All of this shows that our top models will also be able to combine automotive fascination with responsibility for the environment." Unlike traditional hybrids that sacrifice performance for efficiency, the Vision S 500 Plug-in HYBRID is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.5 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH.
Brabus is preparing to smash a new world record at the Frankfurt Motor Show with the unveiling of the SV12 R - the world’s fastest and most powerful luxury sedan. Based on the latest Mercedes S 600 facelift, the SV12 R develops 750 hp and can hit a top speed of 211 mph.
In order to obtain the power increase, Brabus added larger turbochargers, a more efficient intercooling system and a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with four tailpipes and metal catalysts with low back pressure. As a result the engine delivers 750 hp at 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 995 lb-ft at 2,100 rpm. The SV12 R sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, can hit the 124 mph barrier after just 11.9 seconds and is electronically limited to a top speed of 211 mph.
Next to this immense power upgrade, the SV12 R also adds custom-tailored front aluminum sport fenders that replace their production counterparts, an air vent made from clear-coated carbon and a horizontal brace that spans the outlet with embossed BRABUS signet and integrated LED lights, BRABUS rocker panels that feature integrated entrance lights and light-alloy wheels with diameters ranging from 17 to 21 inches.
When you purchase a Mercedes Benz S65 AMG you get a luxury limousine filled with the latest and greatest creature comforts on the inside and a 612 HP turbocharged V12 under the hood. However in the world of high end tuning as in most car culture circles, too much is never enough, so if you are not happy with what you got from the factory you can take your AMG built Mercedes Benz S Class to Brabus and have them upgrade your engine’s maximum output to 730 HP. That is almost 100 HP more than a Ferrari Enzo and only 270 HP less than the Bugatti Veyron.
Aside from the insane amount of power, this S65 AMG has been murdered out by Brabus with the black on black color scheme. We are esecialy partial to the Matte finish. The S Class is upgraded with a set of wide body front fenders and a set of their custom wheels that continue the monochromatic paint job. We are still waiting to see a few more images of the wild red interior of this Brabus SV12 S. If it is anything like the exterior, we can be certain that it is a top notch installation.
Mercedes waited for the Shanghai Auto Show to debut the AMG versions of the 2010 S-Class sedan.
The big difference for any AMG car is the engine, and while both engines are carried over from the 2009 cars, they still offer exception performance in a full size sedan. The S 63 AMG 63 gets the 6.3-liter V8 that makes 518 hp (525 hp in European cars) and should keep the 2009’s 0 to 60 mph time of 4.5 seconds. The S 65 AMG gets the 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 that makes 604 hp (612 hp in European cars) and should keep the 2009’s 0 to 60 mph time of 4.2 seconds.
The largest exterior upgrade is the LED lighting package also given across the S-Class line, so there are no surprises here. Other feature such as the wider air intake on the front lip, special wheels, and quad exhaust pipes are all AMG mainstays.
Both sedans are governed by the German gentleman’s agreement to 155 mph. European sales will begin in June and spread quickly to other countries though the end of the year.
Mercedes unveiled their full sized CL coupe back in 2006. Just like the new E Class coupe is taking over for the CLK, starting in 2011, the big bodied two door will be dropped from the Mercedes Benz lineup and replaced by the S Class Coupe. The name won’t be the only thing that changes for the German GT. For 2011 the Mercedes design team have changed thing up for the luxury coupe with a redesigned front and rear apron, all new grill, updated headlamps with LED lighting and a set of rounded mirrors.
Under the hood, Mercedes will use the same engines that they are already stuffing into the S Class sedan. However, the most interesting bit of news is that the Mercedes Benz engineers are preparing a green power plant to pull around the CL replacement. Aside from the traditional gas burning internal combustion engines, the S Class coupe will also get a little electrical assistance. The same 279 HP gas/electric hybrid engine that is used in the Mercedes S400 Hybrid, has a strong possibility of ending up in two door version as well. This would create a whole new market segment for the German automaker, green GT cars.
The luxury German automaker Mercedes Benz has announced pricing for their S63 AMG and S65 AMG for the European market. The short wheelbase S63 AMG will be available starting at €137,683 ($191,000); while the long wheelbase version powered by the same hand built V8 and will go on sale starting at €144,823 ($200,999). The turbocharged V12 version of the Mercedes Benz’s luxury limousine, the S 65 AMG will be priced at €221,221 ($307,000).
The S 63 AMG has the benefit of using AMG’s uber engine, the 6.2 Liter hand built V8. This powerful, high-revving power plant makes 525 naturally aspirated horse power and 465 lb-ft of torque make the AMG badged S Class capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 MPH in only 4.6 seconds. Whereas the S 65 AMG, flexes even bigger muscles with its 6.0 Liter biturbo V12 delivering a maximum output of 612 HP and 737 lb-ft of torque. Thus allowing the boosted S Class to rocket from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.4 seconds, that’s almost $115,000 for 0.2 seconds, both of the factory tuned luxury limousines have an electronically limited top speed of 155 MPH.
So no matter which version you choose, short or long, boosted or not; either of these factory hot rod S Classes are more than enough automobile to arrive in style to your destination of choice.
The German automaker Mercedes Benz will unveil a new vehicle next week, dubbed the ESF 2009 Concept the car is based on an S400 Hybrid. This passenger friendly concept is equipped with a number of innovative never before seen safety features, starting with an inflatable brake underneath the vehicle. In the event of an accident, the unit inflates to create excess friction and thus, helps to slow the vehicle down much quicker. The concept will also feature additional items like airbags integrated into both the front and rear seatbelts.
Stay tuned to Top Speed for more details that will follow shortly.
It takes a Japanese tuner to make a German luxury limousine look this good. This is Wald International’s take on the Merceds Benz S Class; they call it their Black Bison treatment. The body kit gives the Benz a much more aggressive appearance, what normally looks like an oversized boat has been transformed into a menacing machine with its fair share of vents and additional lighting.
The body kit consists of a redesigned front bumper spoiler, lower side skirts, a new rear bumper spoiler, a trunk spoiler, a roof spoiler and sports inspired ducts in the fenders. All made from lightweight fiberglass reinforced plastic. Finishing off the back end of the vehicle, Wald offers a high performance exhaust tuned for either the S350 or the S500. Wald offers a variety of wheels in all sorts of styles and sizes to complete the package.
Although not taking part in the New York Auto Show festivities, the updated Mercedes S-Class is making its debut. The S-Class is the technology flagship for Mercedes, and many times features premiering on S-Class cars are usually innovations that will be part of every car in the next few decades. So while the exterior only gets minor tweaks for the 2010 model year, it’s what is under the skin that’s important.
The engine lineup will have the same four carryover models: 382-hp V8 S550, 518-hp V8 S63 AMG, 510-hp V12 S600 and, 604-hp V12 S65 AMG. Although none of the diesel engine will make it to North America, there is a new interesting V6 gas unit being added to the lower end. The S400 Hybrid takes Mercedes 275 hp 3.5-liter V6 and combines it with a ithium-ion battery pack, which gives up to a 20 hp boost. The S400 should have a combined fuel economy of 29 mpg.
Inside the technology revolution is mostly about safety. This includes Adaptive Highbeam Assist (lights that adapt to exact road conditions), Lane Keeping Assist (departure warning sensors), Active Body Control with automatic crosswind stabilization, and the PRE-SAFE brake system linked to the proximity regulating radar, which intervenes autonomously before an impending rear-end collision and acts like an invisible crumple zone. The most innovative piece of technology on the new S-Class is the Attention Assist driver drowsiness monitor (hit the link for full info).
As mentioned before, the exterior got the least amount of attention in the refreshening. It just got subtile modification that included new front and rear fascias, including LED indicator lamps.
The new S-Class will start European Sales in June and will be in the U.S. by August.