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Country of origin:Germany
Introduced in:2006
Introduced at:2005 Frankfurt Motor Show
Successor:Mercedes-Benz S 600
Source:Company press release
Last updated:October 10, 2005
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Click here to download printer friendly versionFor more than five decades, the letter "S" in the model designation of Mer-cedes cars has signified a special aura, intelligent technology and the highest quality. The new S-Class not only continues this tradition, but lends a new meaning to it. A dozen technical innovations are entering series production for the first time on board the new S-Class - from Brake Assist PLUS with radar sensors to dynamic multicontour seats with an extended massage function, from night view assist with the latest infra-red technology to the new CO-MAND system, and from anticipatory PRE-SAFE occupant protection to the Active Body Control suspension system.

The new flagship model by Mercedes-Benz is larger than its predecessor in every respect. There is a choice of two body lengths - 5076 or 5206 milli-metres - which is 33 and 43 millimetres more, respectively, than the previ-ous S-Class. The wheelbase has increased by 70/80 millimetres to 3035/3165 millimetres. In addition, the body is now 16 mm wider and 29 mm higher than previously. These new dimensions create the basis for an inte-rior space concept which offers all the passengers first-class comfort.

The running gear with its standard, improved air suspension system AIR-MATIC likewise makes a major contribution to the high level of ride comfort in the new S-Class. Mercedes-Benz combines this with the Adaptive Damping System (ADS), which continuously regulates the shock absorber characteristics and takes the road conditions, driving style and vehicle load into account. The system adapts the damping forces for each individual wheel to the current situation within just 50 milliseconds.

The Adaptive Damping System was further improved by means of degres-sive shock absorber characteristics. This provides a greater ratio between the compression and rebound damping forces, thereby contributing greatly to the agile handling characteristics of the saloon. Thanks to an improved calculation process, the system also detects the road surface conditions more precisely, and these are taken into account for adaptive control of the shock absorbers.

The "S/C/M" key in the centre console is another special feature of the new S-Class. This enables the driver to alter the characteristics of the saloon from "comfortable" to "sporty", and to adjust the suspension, vehicle level and transmission mode individually. From 120 km/h and in the Sport mode, the suspension is automatically lowered by up to 20 millimetres to further improve the handling, aerodynamics and fuel consumption.

The Active Body Control active suspension system (standard on the S 600) is widely regarded as a milestone in automotive engineering. For instal-lation in the new S-Class it has been further improved. Body movements under hard driving are reduced by 60 percent compared with the previous model. As a result, the S-Class combines new dimensions in sporty handling with equally notice-able gains in comfort.

The new top-of-the-line model in the S-Class will also be available from the first quarter of 2006. Thanks to an improved bi-Turbo engine, the twelve-cylinder S 600 Saloon develops an output of 517 hp - 17 hp more than previously. Maximum torque has increased from 800 to 830 Newton metres, while fuel consumpption has decreased by 0.5 to 14.3 litres per 100 kilome-tres. The V12 engine accelerates the S-Class from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds.

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