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.

On January 29, 1886, Karl Benz received an official patent for his "automobile fueled by gas." Now, 125 years later, Mercedes is celebrating that event with the unveiling of the F125 - a concept car that previews the next generation S-Class and CL-Class .

The F125 concept is powered by four electric motors that take their power from a hydrogen fuel cell stack. The four electric motors deliver a total output of 231 HP and will sprint the concept from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 136 mph - quite impressive performance numbers for a car in this class.

Even more impressive is the fact that the concept has an autonomy of 620 miles. It also comes equipped with a chargeable lithium-ion battery that will help the F125 to run only on electricity for a total length of 31 miles.

UPDATE 10/24/11: Mercedes has released the first presentation video of the F125 Concept detailing how the car’s concept form came into fruition, as well as how the car’s characteristics will help in determining the automaker’s future auto line-up. It’s a good watch that’s definitely worth your time!

On the heels of the upgrades made by Mercedes tuner extraordinaire, Brabus , for the 2011 S-Class, another noted aftermarket company is releasing their program for the high-end luxury car.

While the package comes with plenty of aesthetic upgrades, the most notable improvement Carlsson made on the S-Class is an engine tweak that took the output of the car’s 5.5-liter 12-cylinder bi-turbo engine from the standard 517 horsepower all the way up to 600 horsepower. These power figures allowed it a 0-62 mph time of 4.3 seconds and a mighty impressive top speed of 198 mph. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, Carlsson is also offering an engine package for the powerful S63 AMG , taking its output from 571 ponies all the way up to 684 HP.

The numbers are staggering for a luxury car like the Mercedes S-Class, but there’s more to Carlsson’s program than just an increased engine output. There are also plenty of aesthetic improvements, including an aero kit that features a new front lip, a boor lid spoiler, and front and rear aprons. The tuner also threw in new stainless steel grille inserts, four new headlights, a series of LED daytime running lights, a C-Tronic lowering kit that drops the car’s height by 30 mm, and a set of Carlsson’s own 1/10 Brilliant Edition alloy wheels measured in either 19" or 20".

Inside, Carlsson dressed up the S-Class with a custom leather upholstery that comes with the company badging embossed into the headrests with a blue illuminated signature in the door sill adding a nice touch to the whole look of the car.

Aesthetically, the package won’t overwhelm you with anything outlandish. But given that the car is the flagship S600 model of Merc’s S-Class family, anything that’s over-the-top would only ruin the luxury car’s overall prestige.

Any automaker that has survived a grand total of 125 years has plenty to celebrate, and Mercedes been doing just that with plenty of special editions and even a commemorative statue . Of course, since 2011 isn’t over just yet, Mercedes is continuing its 125th celebration with another special edition, the Mercedes S-Class Grand Edition. The Grand Edition not only celebrates 125 years of Mercedes, but also the 60 years of the b>S-Class . The new Grand Edition will be applied to the current Elegance and Avatgarde versions and will add an attractive sporty AMG feeling to the vehicles.

The Mercedes S-Class Grand Edition will be distinguished from the rest of the S-Class models by a new front spoiler that underlines the imposing presence of the S-Class and a new air intake that extends to the base. The side skirts allow the line of the S-Class to continue towards the back of the vehicle to the rear apron, where the rear bumper with black insert rounds the car out. The final touch is provided by a new set of 19" AMG wheels with 255/40 tires for the front and 275/40 for the rear, a sport exhaust system, and updated brakes with 350mm perforated front discs.

The interior offers sophisticated finishes, with a wood and leather steering wheel, sports pedals, and black ash dashboard.

German tuner, Brabus , has been tuning Mercedes models for quite awhile, so getting a slew of performance kits to slap onto different versions of the luxury brand is neither surprising nor unexpected. Their new PowerXtra CGI kits can be applied to the S550 , the CL550 , the S 63 , and the CL 63 . Depending on the model, this new package can increase the total output for the Mercedes up to between 490 HP and 620 HP. The top speed has also been pumped up to an impressive 200 mph.

For the S550 and CL550, the new performance kit increases the V8’s output from a total of 435 HP to an impressive 490 HP and the peak torque gets raised to 575 lb-ft. The S63 and CL63 models will receive the same kit, but will also get a water-to-air intercooler powered by an electric auxiliary pump. This will increase the total output to 620 HP and the peak torque to 737 lb-ft. As a result, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 4.3 seconds, while top speed has been increased to 200 mph.

The kit also includes a special sport exhaust system with exhaust flap that will control the sounds of your engine. Aerodynamics will get boosted with a new front spoiler, carbon-fiber moldings for the gills in the sides of the front bumper, aluminum sport fenders, a carbon-fiber diffuser with integrated reflector, and a carbon-fiber rear spoiler.

US-based tuner Platinum Motorsport has done a remarkable job in their years as one of the finest American tuning company’s. And if there ever was doubt about the capabilities of these guys, then this two-and-half minute video, which they appropriately called ‘Epic’, will squash all that skepticism away faster than the time it takes for your jaws to drop on the floor.

The video features six vehicles that have all passed through the hands of Platinum Motorsport, including the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640 , the Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series , and the Bentley Continental Supersports . Through our eyes, these cars are some of the finest aftermarket works we’ve seen and catching all of them in one video taking a tour of the streets of LA together is just about the very reason why the word ‘epic’ was put in the dictionary in the first place.

Check out the video and let us know how many of these amazing cars you’d want in your garage. If you ask us, we’ll take all six in a heartbeat.

Brabus is apparently not satisfied with preparing tuning packages with blow your socks off speed and have moved on to the world where briefcases and hand held devices are key to survival. No, we’re not talking about a Brabus Brabus -tuned iPad - although that would be fascinating -, but the iBusiness 2.0, a vehicle that is fully equipped with the new iPad 2.

We’ve seen Brabus do something very similar to this before when they introduced the "iBusiness" SV12 R with the first generation iPad, but their latest package has been upgraded to the new and improved tablet computer. The setup for this new model is exactly like the first version as the iPad is offered with a WiFi network and a Mini Mac. The ultra-small, yet powerful Mini Mac serves as the central computer and is hidden away in the S-Class trunk under the rear shelf in an electrically deployed drawer.

The iBusiness 2.0 package can be applied to any model in the S-Class line-up, but prices on the package have yet to be announced.

Hit the jump to read about the Brabus iBusiness 2.0.

With their latest tuning program for the Mercedes S500 , German tuning firm Inden Design hoped to bring the car’s overall performance numbers to the same levels as that of the S65 AMG .

We don’t know exactly what these guys had in their coffee when they made their release, but last we checked, the S65 AMG has over 600 horsepower under its hood, whereas their tuning program for the S500 tops out at 420 horsepower. Miscalculation? Perhaps. Ambitious? Oh, yeah.

Having said that, the missed target doesn’t take away from the German tuning firm’s work on the S500. Despite falling short of the S65 AMG’s numbers, Inden Design was still able to squeeze out 420 horsepower on the luxury saloon, as opposed to the 387 horsepower the standard model comes with. On top of that, Inden also gave the S500 a number of aerodynamic upgrades which fit in perfectly with the car’s overall body design. On its own, the tuned-up Mercedes S-Class looks stealthily fresh in our eyes.

Details on the Mercedes S500 by Inden Design after the jump

Brabus has announced an impressive tuning package for the Mercedes S350 BlueTec equipped with the Euro VI exhaust emission standard. Thanks to a ECO PowerXtra D6S performance kit, the model delivers an extra 54 HP and an extra 70 NM of torque.

The ECO PowerXtra D6S kit’s performance increase depends on the selected shift mode of the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. In ‘Eco’ mode the maximum power output of the engine remains unchanged, but the peak torque jumps from standard 457 to 509 lb-ft. Upon switching to ‘Manual’ or ‘Sport’ mode, the increase in torque is accompanied by an increase in maximum power output from 255 HP to 308 HP at a low 3,600 rpm.

Equipped with the kit, the S350 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, while top speed remains limited to 155 mph.

The same kit is also available for all four body styles of the Mercedes E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and for the new CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY model.

Press release after the jump.

Tuning firm, Speedriven, prefers to leave the flashiness to other tuning firms because that’s just not what they’re about. Instead of the LEDs, the gargantuan rims, and the flamboyant body kits, these fellas are all about fine-tuning engines. What’s important to these guys isn’t so much the aesthetics on the car, but what lies underneath the hood.

Armed with that philosophy, the tuning company has announced their latest project: an engine upgrade for the Mercedes S600 . Already packing a V12 engine with 510 horsepower on its own, Speedriven went out of its way to give the Merc a performance package for the ages. Among the additions include a polished set of Speedriven’s top-mounted water-to-air intercoolers, “scorpion” air intakes, K&N cone filters, and the company’s ECU software to manage the extra air density and extra boost.

On top of that, the modded S600 also comes with transmission controller upgrades, giving the car the capacity to handle the extra torque while also allowing for a “true” manual mode to hold gears more aggressively while delivering quicker, firmer shifts.

With all these elements inside the S600 the power output skyrockets up to 695 horsepower and 840 lb/ft of torque, enormous numbers for a package that will only set you back $9,000.

“You get about 700 horsepower for under nine grand, there’s not much more to say,” explains Speedriven’s Jo Borras.

Yep, no explanations needed. We’re already sold on this one.

Meet the world most powerful luxury sedan: the new Brabus SV12 R Biturbo 800 based on the Mercedes S600 . If you remember, Brabus has another SV12 R packages , but that one "only" develops 750 HP. Instead, the new SV12 R Biturbo 800 goes to an impressive 800 HP.

In order to obtain this impressive output, the tuner increased the V12 engine’s capacity from 5,5 to 6,3 liters, added high-performance camshafts and flow-optimized cylinder heads, new air intake and a new Biturbo system with two special high-performance manifolds with integrated turbine housings and high-performance turbochargers. And of course lets not forget the new stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with sport catalysts and four exhaust tips. The result is an impressive 800 HP and 1,420 Nm of torque; a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 217 mph.

The exterior package includes: larger central air inlet, front spoiler lip, custom-tailored aluminum front fenders, an integrated air vent made from clear-coated carbon fiber and a horizontal brace, a new rear spoiler lip, centrally located reflector and custom cutouts. The interior gets leather in any color you desire, Alcantara and exclusive wood trim sets and of course all the latest technologies.

Press release after the jump.

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