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Four New Mercedes-Benz S Class Debut at the Frankfurt Auto

The S 500 Plug-in Hybrid, S 500 Intelligent research vehicle, the Concept Coupé and a test drive in the S 63 AMG

by Orensten in Design on 23 September

We wrote enthusiastically about our test of the new Mercedes-Benz S Class a few months ago. With the of the latest cars joining the at the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Auto we now have a more complete into the range of vehicles the brand’s flagship line, and can see the of the company’s design, technology and teams.

Regular readers may that we’re paying attention to Mercedes-Benz lately. the last few years CH has taken a deep dive into the An appreciation for the company’s engineering has always existed, but we hadn’t much desire for their Recent introductions—the CLA, CLS Break and the new S Class—demonstrate a deep not only to design and innovation, but a from just well-built to cars that look, and drive better too.

visible evolution prompts our reporting—and our increasing interest.

The Future

The new S Class is at the start of its seven-year or product lifecycle and, previous generations, will to include different engines and trains, two-door and four-door long wheel base and probably an armored version, The anticipated Maybach-inspired Pullman will probably be announced year; and it has Bentley and Rolls-Royce in its target. Mercedes-Benz invited us to to see its newest cars first-hand, to most of the current AMG models—including the S 63 and visit AMG’s headquarters and in Affalterbach, Germany.

Debuting in were the S 500 Plug in Hybrid and 63 AMG cars, the S 500 Intelligent Drive vehicle, and the glasstastic Concept Coupé.

Next year’s S 500 Plug-in Hybrid will hit in 2014, making it the third in the S Class sedan family and the you can connect to an external power The other two models, already are the S400 Hybrid and the S300 diesel Hybrid; their batteries are charged only the cars coast and brake. The S 500 Hybrid can travel around 18 on its 80 kw electric motor alone, is paired with a 3.0l V6 engine. All have impressive ratings (the S 400 Hybrid around 6.3l of fuel per 100 km or 37 the S300 BlueTEC delivers 4.4 l per 100 km or 53 mpg), the S500 Plug-in delivers an unprecedented 3l per 100 km, or 78 mpg, giving up on performance (0-100 around 62 mph, in 5.5 seconds).

The car features variable modes for the electric motor, allowing you to use electric or gas or both, as well as all of the comfort and driver assistance available to the range of S class

Looking to the near future, the S 500 Drive research concept production available technology to a car that can handle complex situations. The car sports a few more monitors and sensors, but unlike the cars you’ve seen and about, it looks nearly to a standard model. To prove its the car drove the same 100 km long route that Bertha drove on in one of the first Mercedes-Benz years ago.

Design is the brand ambassador, says Wagener, Vice President of at Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz’s parent and the Concept S Class Coupé a hopeful vision for what is to be the brand’s flagship car. The car is a Mercedes grand coupé, but it a sexier, sleeker, much refined direction. While we can do without the four clocks allow drivers to see the time in timezones.

Cleaner and more sensual the dramatic glass roof and the refined styling make a concept car we hope will be to its production model, expected time next year.

The S 63 AMG represents the brand’s top-of-the-line sedan (unless we see an even souped up Black Series and the first S Class built the ground up as an AMG model. Following the debut at the auto show we had the to drive it around Germany and While we enjoyed the versions of the S we drove a few months ago, them was nowhere near as fun as the AMG

For those of you that aren’t with AMG, it was a close and tuner for Mercedes-Benz since the Finally purchased by Mercedes-Benz in and now a wholly owned subsidiary, AMG is developing cars from (the lust-worthy SLS. for as well as continuing to provide performance versions of many of the cars.

AMG cars share the body, systems and interiors of the with the addition of a few sporty but feature a wholly different that is hand-assembled by one of several technicians at the AMG plant, as well as a upgrade to the cars’ drivetrain and components. These may look similar to their standard cousins to most people, but and perform like very cars.

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For the S 63, that’s a very good Nearly 100 kgs/220 lbs lighter last year’s model, it offers AMG’s specially 4Matic four wheel system for the first time. also an increase in fuel and engine power, too. A new ion battery, composite brakes, wheels, an all-aluminum outer carbon fiber and other are responsible for the car’s weight

The S 63 features AMG’s 5.5l V8 engine, delivering 585 hp and 900 Nm/663 of torque, enough to propel luxury saloon to 100 kmh/62 mph in 4.4 (4.0 for the 4Matic).


Highlights of the car special interior finishes carbon fiber and Alcantara on the steering wheel as well as sport and manual drive latter locking the transmission to the shifters to power through the transmission. In sport and manual the new sports exhaust system in, making the distinctly AMG sounding sound more pronounced. The also adds additional tuning with AMG Ride offering Comfort and Sport a nice touch for sitting in or zipping down the Autobahn. One of the impressive options is the Intelligent package, which makes in traffic nearly autonomous.

Paired with the car’s departure system, the car can steer, down and accelerate all on its own at speeds drivers can set to their own comfort The car’s analog clock an upgrade as well, with a great design by IWC featuring hour markers. It’s a touch.

Like the other S sedans it offers a slew of assistance packages with names, the impressive Burmester system and a range of rear-seat options. Exclusive to the AMG models are first-ever ceramic brakes, trim packages, new wheel additional instrument panel and more. Pricing in the US—where all will be 4Matic—starts at $140,425. can add up to a fully-loaded sticker price of $160,000 with the with 3-D surround-sound and ceramic brakes is the S Class we’d spec. also remove the large AMG emblem in the hand-rest.) Leaving no or system untouched, the new S Class—especially the AMG a huge evolution for the line.

They are overall more and refined, better looking and with material and technological that deliver a noticeable and shift.

While slightly these various expressions of the S leave a singular, lasting Mercedes-Benz is stepping up their and making big promises for the future of We’re already looking to seeing how the innovations presented in the S will trickle down the company’s more affordable

Hybrid Plug-in and Intelligent images courtesy of Mercedes, all by Evan Orensten

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