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2015 Mercedes-Benz S600

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Today at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , Mercedes unveiled the most powerful version of the new S-Class lineup: the new S600 . With a history that spans more than half a decade, the S600 became one of the most successful model in the S-Class lineup, thanks to its more powerful engine and its incredible level of equipment.

The first S600 debuted back in 1963 and was powered by a fuel-injected V-8, but the model launched today adopted a more powerful V-12 biturbo engine that sounds more suitable for a model offered exclusively with a long wheelbase and a luxurious equipment package.

Next to this powerful engine, the new S600 will also be offered with lots of safety features and additional features that are not offered in the other S-Class models.

The new Mercedes S600 will be put on sale in the spring of 2014. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Mercedes-Benz S600.

Exterior

Mercedes-Benz S600
Mercedes-Benz S600
Mercedes-Benz S600

The new Mercedes S600 — the flagship of the new S-Class — will be offered with the same design language we’ve seen in all the other models in the lineup. Distinguishing it from the rest of the S-Class models are larger air intakes, headlights with LED Intelligent Light System, special "V12" logos placed on the front fenders and a "S600" logo placed at the rear. The model will be offered exclusively in a long wheelbase configuration.

Interior

Mercedes-Benz S600
Mercedes-Benz S600
Mercedes-Benz S600

As the new S600 is placed on the top of the S-Class lineup, Mercedes equipped it with lots of cool features, like a head unit that can be controlled at the touch of a finger from the new touchpad and a head-up display inspired by a jet fighter that offers details on the speed, speed limits and navigation instructions directly in the driver’s field of view on the front windscreen.

Other features include: Magic Body Control and a Driving Assistance Plus package that includes Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist.

Drivetrain

Mercedes-Benz S600

Under its hood, Mercedes installed a new 6.0-liter, V-12 engine that delivers a total of 523 horsepower — an increase of 13 horsepower over the previous generation — and 612 pound-feet of torque available from 1,900 rpm. For the first time, this V-12 engine can be equipped with an ECO start/stop function for increased fuel economy

Prices

The new Mercedes S600 will be put on sale in the spring of 2014. Prices will be announced at a later date.

Competition

Audi A8 L W12

The A8 L W12 is powered by a 6.3-liter, W-12 engine that delivers a total of 500 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph.

BMW 760i

The BMW 760i is powered by a 6.0-liter , V-12 engine that delivers a total of 544 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque available as low down as 1,500 rpm. As a result, the 760i will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Fuel economy for this model is 22.1 mpg.

Conclusion

Mercedes-Benz S600

The new Mercedes S600 is the perfect ride for those looking for a high-end luxury sedan. The model got more powerful than the model it replaces, is highly equipped and if Mercedes can keep the weight down, it can easily become a leader on the market.

LOVE IT
  • Powerful engine
  • Looks very good
  • Lots of equipments
LEAVE IT
  • No details on the fuel economy

Press Release

No other car lives up to the legendary standards of company founder Gottlieb Daimler quite as comprehensively as the top model from Mercedes‑Benz. The S600 with V12 biturbo engine is the top model of the successfully launched S-Class and is available exclusively with a long wheelbase and a luxurious equipment package. Its performance data: 523 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. The S600 will celebrate its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show and will be launched in the spring of 2014. But the S-Class will also get even better in other ways: The models in the current range will be upgraded with the addition of a head-up display, touchpad and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS.

Mercedes-Benz S600

"The S-Class has always been the embodiment of our claim to deliver the very best in terms of both technology and design", emphasised Ola Källenius, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars. "And our flagship model, the S600, epitomises the focus of our development work, the ’Essence of Luxury’, in a way that no other model can. Our customers in North America and Asia in particular will enjoy this new top model with its exciting V12 engine."

With a power output of 523 hp, the V12 biturbo engine in the S600 packs a bigger punch than its predecessor with 510 hp. The displacement of the engine has increased from 5.5L to 6.0L. The maximum torque of 612 lb-ft is available from 1,900 rpm. The S600 now for the first time features the ECO start/stop function as standard.

The most important features of the engine at a glance:

  • All-aluminum crankcase
  • One-piece chain drive
  • Forged crankshaft in high-grade quenched and tempered steel
  • Modified forged pistons
  • New engine control unit
  • New dedicated ignition coil with twin-spark ignition
  • Cam follower
  • Two intake and one outlet valves (three-valve technology)
  • Hollow-stem outlet valves, filled with sodium
  • Low-temperature cooling-water circulation with separate expansion reservoir.
Mercedes-Benz S600

The comprehensive standard specification of the S600 reinforces its role as a flagship model. MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension with ROAD SURFACE SCAN and the Driving Assistance Package, for example, all come as standard. The latter comprises Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering ASsist, PRE-SAFE® Brake with Pedestrian Recognition and PRE-SAFE® PLUS.

Legendary top-of-the-range engine

The figure "600" has long been a legend in the history of the automobile:
the model 600 (W 100) launched in 1963 was the first passenger car from Mercedes-Benz to feature a V8 injection engine. This same powerful (250 hp) and refined engine was also used from 1967 on in the W 109 model series (in the top-of-the-range 300 SEL 6.3). Further top models to feature a V8 engine included the 450 SEL 6.9 from the model series 116 (286 hp) and the 560 SE in the 126 series (300 hp in the ECE version). The 600 SE model in the 140 model series of 1991 marked the introduction of the first twelve-cylinder engine as standard in a Mercedes-Benz passenger car. The M 120 delivered 408 hp from a displacement of 6 liters and began a tradition of V12 units as the top-of-the-range engines in the S-Class. Since the 220 series, Mercedes-Benz has also offered particularly sporty, AMG-optimized variants with V8 and V12 engines at the top of its S‑Class range, in the form of the S63 AMG and S65 AMG.

Mercedes-Benz S600

Additional features in the new S-Class

All the functions of the head unit can be controlled at the touch of a finger, as with a smartphone, from the new touchpad. In addition, the touchpad allows letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting - in any language that is available on the head unit. The touchpad thus offers an additional, full-function input option over and above the existing Voice Control System.

A head-up display is also standard quipment on the S600. As in a jet fighter, it displays important information directly in the driver’s field of view on the windshield, ensuring that the driver’s attention is distracted less from the road ahead. The system provides information on speed, speed limits and navigation instructions, for example.

COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS is now standard on the model year 2015 S-Class. In addition to the adaptive Brake Assist system, which helps protect against collisions at speeds of over 4 mph, this system now also features another function: if the danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to brake autonomously at speeds of up to 124 mph, thus reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. The system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 31 mph, and can prevent rear-end collisions at up to 25 mph.

Mercedes-Benz S600

A clear windshield even at sub-zero temperatures without the hassle of scraping is now possible thanks to electric windshield heating (optional extra). This is designed to work in conjunction with the air-conditioning blower and ensures clear forward visibility in practically no time at all.


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