The third hybrid model of the brand new 2014 S-Class arrived today and as expected it is the S500 Plug-In Hybrid. Set to make its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-In Hybrid. The new vehicle is powered by a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine delivering 328 hp and 480 Nm of torque, paired with an electric motor that offers 107 hp (80 kW) and 340 Nm of torque.
With these numbers, the S500 Plug-In Hybrid is able to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h or 155 mph. Now here is the cool part: the 2014 S500 Plug-In Hybrid has a fuel consumption of just 3 liters per 100 km and emits just 69g of CO2.
Furthermore, the 2014 S500 Plug-In Hybrid offers four hybrid operating modes: Hybrid, E-Mode, E-Save and Charge. In the E-Mode, the S-Class can act as a pure electric car and has a range limited to 30 km, while in the E-Save mode, the fully charged battery is reserved to be able to drive on electric power alone later.
Charge mode means that the battery is charged while driving. The operating strategy of the hybrid drive system not only accounts for the current driving condition and driver input, but also adjusts to the likely route (inclines, downhill stretches, bends or speed limits) for the next eight kilometres.