All-Wheel Strive: Mercedes S-Class Gets New 4MATIC

Well-heeled lovers of things that come in fours (like fluted crystal glasses, calfskin desk sets and certain types of entertainment in Nevada) take note: The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a new 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system. AutoWeek reported earlier this year that the new version of the system, which Merc's… » 9/12/06 8:42am 9/12/06 8:42am

Eagle I Has Landed: ASMA Tunes The 2007 S-Class

First they gave us the CLS Shark, then the first appearance of Reggie Bush's "Vader's helmet" Shark II — and now the venerable vent- and vader-loving tuners over at ASMA have taken a shot at the Benz S-class with a tuned effort called "Eagle I," and it's certainly vent-tastic — with a low-to-the-flo' front vented… » 8/30/06 9:00am 8/30/06 9:00am

Over the Back Fence: More on the Mercedes S-Class Convertible; Bound…

The folks at The Car Connection published another one of the gossipy renderings of the rumored Mercedes S-Class sedan convertible concept that's expected to appear at the Detroit show in early 2007. Don't get crazy, it's not really a spy shot, as TCC indicates in the headline — think of it as wishful Photoshopping.… » 8/14/06 8:30am 8/14/06 8:30am

Mercedes Planning Mild-Hybrid S-Class for 2008?

Ze volks at Auto Motor und Sport report Mercedes wants to bring a mild-hybrid version of its S-Class to market by 2008 (see Reuters story here). The production model would be an offshoot of the S 350 DIRECT HYBRID and BLUTEC HYBRID concepts the company presented at the Frankfurt motor show in 2005. Those cars… » 7/17/06 11:55am 7/17/06 11:55am

Swabian Refinement: The Lorinser Mercedes S-Class

Considering we've always had trouble with Teutonic coordinating conjunctions, we're relying on World Car Fans to translate details on Lorinser's new S Class tuner — the Lorinser S 06. First, an engine kit gives it a 30% boost in horsepower, owing to a modified exhaust manifold/catalytic converter unit and sundry… » 7/14/06 1:50pm 7/14/06 1:50pm

The Devil Wears Mercedes: S-Class Stars in Fashion Send-up

In what manner of sedan would a type-a-busive fashion magazine editor arrive to work, whilst tearing her assistant's proverbial heart out and subequently fisting the resultant orifice? We would have picked the BMW 7-Series, but we'd just be projecting an inner bile toward cars designed in origami. (Ray! Coffee me, … » 7/07/06 9:41am 7/07/06 9:41am

A Mercedes S-Class Cabrio Concept Coming to Detroit Show in '07?

A strange bit of news from the jungen at Germany's Auto Motor und Sport today; Mercedes is reportedly working on a V12-powered S-Class cabrio concept that will premiere at the 2007 Detroit Motor Show. Other than that it could have the longest fabric roof in the industry, there aren't many details about the… » 6/21/06 11:13am 6/21/06 11:13am

DaimlerChrysler Gets Smart-er With Its Hoonage; Goes Cross-Brand

So what happens when you drop a Mercedes S-Class against the wind-up Smart? Well, the Smart does better than one would think — unless you count the fact that it rolls over on its side like a toy — but apparently the little guy was built to withstand even the toughest of situations. Maybe they should grab that old… » 6/11/06 5:50pm 6/11/06 5:50pm

World's Greatest PR Goofs: Mercedes-Benz Fog System


The new S-Class has more technology in it than the Space Shuttle*. So for the introduction of their new flagship, zee Germans decided to show off an impressive demonstration of the radar system, which can actually bring the car to a full stop. It's a great idea, especially in low-visibility conditions like fog. The… » 4/25/06 12:15pm 4/25/06 12:15pm

Coming Next Winter: Mercedes S-Class 4Matic

Mercedes will have its next-generation 4Matic system — the first developed entirely in house — ready for serious S-Class action in the US by next winter, according to AutoWeek. The new system will be biased to the rear, with a 45/55 torque split, and is small enough that the company won't have to alter the chassis.… » 3/15/06 8:57am 3/15/06 8:57am

More Shindiggin' With Dieter, Bluetec, GL-Class

Dieter went forth from Chrysler's booth and took command of his own, opening his first press conference as J rgen's replacement with a silly boardroom skit about what Americans want in a car. From there he espoused the wonders of the eighth-gen S-Class as well as the new Bluetec motors available this fall. The… » 1/08/06 5:22pm 1/08/06 5:22pm

Mercedes S-Class TV Crash a Failed Fake, Conspiring Journalist Fired

Remember the story of the crash-avoidance system demonstration that went awry on TV, causing three Mercedes S-Class models to blindly crash into each other? It turns out Mercedes officials knew the test wouldn't work, and so conspired with a journalist from Germany's AutoBild to pull it off for the cameras anyway.… » 11/28/05 10:32am 11/28/05 10:32am

More Kleeman Pre-Essen: The Mercedes-Benz S50 S3

Kleeman is all up in the pre-Essen tuner news today, first with its ML 50K S8 and now — possibly its piece d'(wind) resistance — the S-Class based S50 S3. Ok, it's not as extreme as the ML, but the S3 does get some mild tweakage — remapped ECU, high-flow air filters, and custom exhaust system — through which the… » 11/23/05 10:25am 11/23/05 10:25am

Radar No Love: Malfunction During Product Demo Causes S-Class Pileup

We could hear the grumbling of the press folks from here: "Worst. Product. Demo. Ever." Three 2006 Mercedes S-Class sedans were damaged when a televised demonstration of the cars' groundbrakeing (heh heh) radar-guided automatic stopping system went ka-flawo. As Leftlane News reports, the carefully staged choreography… » 11/17/05 8:00am 11/17/05 8:00am