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.

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With Audi and BMW beginning to utilize diesel technology, Mercedes-Benz has decided to join the fight for efficiency with its top of the line model. Mercedes has just announced that the S350 diesel will be coming to the United States. The luxury car will pack a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel that will put out 241 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque, a bit more output than the European version with its 235 hp and 398 lb.-ft. It will be the only S-Class diesel to be sold in the United States.

The S350 will bear the BlueTec badge and will use AdBlue urea injection technology to clean the exhaust. The S350 will get the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system and will be capable of around 37 miles per gallon. That is a massive gain over the S550 , S600 and the S400 hybrid that get 19 city and 26 highway.

Little is known of the Mercedes’ price because Mum seems to be the word in regards to it. Mercedes says they will not release pricing until closer to the car’s launch in the first quarter of 2011.

If the S350 BlueTec works out, Mercedes might just have a leg up on the competition. This vehicle will improve Mercedes’ overall fuel economy and the smaller engine will coincide nicely with the "green" movement currently snowballing into the future.

Source: BenzInsider

As you might have known by now, Mercedes will be providing facelifts, mid-cycle refreshers, and name changes to a lot of their models in the next few years. We have already been able to spot this game plan with the 2010 E-Class coupe which has replaced the CLK-Class coupe . Now Mercedes has moved on to its next project by replacing the current CL-Class with a coupe version of the S-Class . We are expecting to see the official debut at the Paris Auto Show and, if the timeline proves true, we would expect sales to begin in early 2011.

The S-Class Coupe will feature redesigned bumpers that give way to a more squared off look, a new grille to accentuate the rectangular bumper, and LED headlights. LED units in the taillights will also be seen as opposed to the previous tailights. The boxier look is further defined with the rectangular-shaped exhaust tips.

Under the hood, Mercedes will keep the same engine line-up as in the current CL-Class range, starting with a 5.5-liter 382 hp V8 and going up to a 604 HP 6.0-liter V12 for the S-Class 65 AMG version .

We are not really sure if these changes could substantiate a total name change, but Mercedes seems to be on some sort of redefining mission so we will go along with it for now. Maybe they will dazzle us with some new, eccentric model sometime soon. We doubt it, but who knows? For now Mercedes seems to be sticking to their classic design that has provided them with many sales in the previous years.

Lorinser Sportservice has revealed the early details of the first tuning kit for the new Mercedes S-Class . The kit includes: new spoiler at front and a discrete diffuser at the back, side skirts, a small roof spoiler, a boot lid wing, and the traditional Lorinser side vents.

The car sits on 9×21-inch front tires with 265/30 and 10×21-inch tires with 295/30 for the rear. And if you want to make your limousine sound like a muscle car, you can get a set of sports mufflers.

Updated 04/12/2010: Lorinser unveiled today official details on their tuning kit for the S-Class. Thanks to a newly programmed control unit, modified turbo charging and fuel injection as well as an optimized exhaust system with sports exhaust, the engine delivers an extra 110 hp. Also the speed limiter has been removed and the Lorinser S-Class can hit a top speed of 205 mph.

Press release after the jump.

The 2011 Mercedes S63 AMG is set to be launched in September this year and it will be sporting a whole new powertrain. Mercedes is going smaller, but expecting bigger as the sports sedan is now powered by a newly developed AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine with a peak output of up to 544 to 571 hp and maximum torque of up to 900 NM.

The engine will have a fuel consumption of 10.5 liters per 100 kilometers, 25% less than the current S63 AMG. With the new engine, the S63 AMG makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 4.5 seconds, and top speed is limited to 155 mph. If you add the new AMG Performance package, the 0 to 60 mph sprint can be made in 4.4 seconds, and top speed will go up to 186 mph.

For the new sports sedan, Mercedes has also developed a new MCT 7-speed sports transmission with Controlled Efficiency mode and start/stop function.

UPDATE 07/23/2010: Mercedes has released a video for the S63 AMG. Check out ten minutes of high quality driving after the jump!

UPDATE 07/30/2010: This review has been updated with information from Mercedes’ new press release for the 2011 S63 AMG. Mercedes has also provided a slew of new pictures of the new sedan. Check them out in the gallery provided after the jump!

Press release after the jump.

Mercedes has yet to divulge information on the forthcoming S-Class except for some camouflaged mule shots of the car doing some road testing. So what do pistonheads with a running imagination and too much spare time on their hands do?

They make renderings, of course.

When compared to the 2010 S-Class , this particular rendering looks to have taken a more dynamic design approach – it is, after all, supposedly inspired by the Mercedes F700 concept from 2007 - complete with a re-tooled fascia and side panels that are more swooping than that of the 2010 model.

As far as the technical engine specs are concerned, this future S-Class will supposedly come with a number of engine variants, including a traditional petrol engine, a plug-in hybrid powertrain, and the modular V6 and V8 MoVe units. The new S-Class will also be a trailblazer of sorts for Mercedes as it is expected to be the first production car that offers an active pre-scan suspension system that automatically adjusts the car’s suspension depending on the road conditions it travels on.

For all intents and purposes, Mercedes’ new flagship sedan will be one car that should grab the world’s attention when it is eventually released. When that will be is still anyone’s guess, but rest assured, a lot of folks are already waiting with baited breath.

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 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.

Mercedes-Benz Vision S 500 Plug-in Hybrid

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 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.

Press release after the jump.

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.

Brabus SV12 R

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.

Brabus SV12 R

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.

Press release after the jump.

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.

Source: Autogespot

Mercedes waited for the Shanghai Auto Show to debut the AMG versions of the 2010 S-Class sedan .

Mercedes S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG

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.

Mercedes S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG

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.

Press release after the jump.

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