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.

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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Amongst all the hype about hybrids and electric vehicles, here’s a refreshing look at Mercedes’ all new V8 engines – yes please! Hybrids and EV’s are driving us crazy. They dominate the news, world conferences, and pretty much everything in between. Apart from them being deeply unexciting and bland, they are stupidly weak in the area of performance. Thank God for Mercedes Benz! The Germans have released specs of two brand new V8 engines and guess what? Not an electric motor in sight!

US journalists will soon be taking their first drives through New York’s Hudson Valley region in all-new direct injection biturbo V8-engined CL model. The new-from-the-ground-up 4.6-liter V8 engine has a 20 percent smaller displacement than its predecessor, but generates 429 horsepower and 516 lb.-ft. of torque - 12 percent more horsepower and 32 percent more torque than the engine it replaces - yet fuel economy is improved by about 10%. This new engine is available in the restyled 2011 CL550 4MATIC .

The second engine making its debut is the hand-assembled high-performance 5.5-liter AMG V8 engine, featuring the use of stop/start technology as well as twin turbochargers and direct injection. This new engine produces 536 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque while at the same time achieving an estimated 20 percent improvement in fuel economy. Mated to the award-winning 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT transmission, this new engine is available in the 2011 CL63 AMG coupe and S63 AMG sedan. For even more performance the optionally available AMG Performance Package increases engine power to 563 hp and 664 lb-ft. for torque; top speed also increases to 186 mph. Thank you, Mercedes, for saving us from another boring engine discussion!

Mercedes has unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, the world’s most fuel-efficient luxury sedan. It is powered by four-cylinder turbo engine that delivers 204 HP and 500 NM of torque and delivers a total of 5,7 liters engine per 100 kilometers. The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 8,2 seconds and can hit a top speed of 150 mph.

The engine is mated to ECO start/stop system. This system shuts down the engine as soon as the vehicle comes to a stop – e.g. at traffic lights – and the driver continues to press the brake pedal while it is stationary. The engine starts again immediately as soon as the driver releases the brake pedal or presses the accelerator pedal.

The ECO start/stop function will not switch the engine off for example if the desired interior temperature has yet to be reached, if the driver has switched off the system or if drive programmes "S" or "M" are active. An intelligent control system ensures that all functions and comfort systems otherwise remain in operation during the stop phase.

Press release after the jump.

Mercedes is popping the hood of their new S-Class models and dropping in four new diesel and petrol engines, including the S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY, S 350 BlueTEC, S 350 BlueEFFICIENCY, and S 500 BlueEFFICIENCY.

The S250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY features a 2.2-liter CDI engine that delivers 204 HP and 500 Nm at 1600 rpm. All of this power comes with a fuel consumption of only 5.7 liters per 100 kilometers. The S 350 BlueTEC is powered by a V6 engine that develops 258 HP and 620 NM of torque. This version has a fuel consumption of 6.8 liters per 100 kilometers.

The S 350 BlueEFFICIENCY is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers a total of 306 HP and 370 NM of torque, all with only 7.6 liters per 100 kilometers. The S 500 BlueEFFICIENCY gets a new V8 biturbo engine with an impressive output of 435 HP and 700 NM of torque. All versions have a top speed limited to 155 mph.

In order to achieve better fuel efficiency and consumption, Mercedes also added an extensively revised, high-efficiency 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automatic transmission and the ECO start/stop function. The start/stop function comes standard in the S 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY as well as the S 350 BlueEFFICIENCY and S 500 BlueEFFICIENCY models.

Check out full details on all of the new engines in the press release after the jump.

Brabus has gone to the extremes. First they tuned Mercedes’ most powerful sports car: the SLS AMG , and now they have turned to one of the most luxurious models in the line-up: the SL600 . The new Brabus "iBusiness" SV12 R model is not only about high performance, but also about innovative multimedia technology.

We won’t talk too much about the engine, as it is one that you should be familiar with by now: an SV12 R Biturbo 750 12-cylinder engine with an output of 750 hp. This provides the luxury sedan with a top speed of 211 mph.

What we will focus on is the car’s technology. Apple seems to have given away the cow as this luxury sedan is completely outfitted with Apple components. The brains of the operation is a 15.2-inch TFT display with 16:9 aspect ratio and internet connection via UMTS and HSDPA. To that, an ultra-small Mac minicomputer is added under the rear shelf. This minicomputer is hidden by an electronic door that looks like the computer itself. Controlling these computers is made easy with the use of twoiPads located in the front passenger seat as well as in the backseat. These iPads not only control the computers, put can also navigate through the entire multimedia center including the radio, navigation system, and telephone. And, of course, there is Alcantara and leather all over the interior.

Check out all of the exact specifications in the press release after the jump.

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