2014 Detroit Auto Show: 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 unveiled

Article by Christian A., on January 13, 2014

After few leaked photos, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 was officially unveiled at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. Powered by a 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine that generates 530 hp (390 kW), the new S600 is with 13 hp more powerful that its predecessor. Moreover, the displacement of the engine has increased from 5513 to 5980 cc.

The V12 engine delivers 830 Nm of torque from 1900 rpm. Although it has a big engine, the S600 is offered as standard with the ECO start/stop fuel consumption and needs 11.1 litres to travel 100 km, 21 percent lower than that of its predecessor (14.1 l/100 km).

Moreover, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 comes as standard with the LED Intelligent Light System, Magic Body Control suspension with Road Surface Scan and the Driving Assistance Package Plus.

Driving Assistance Package comprises Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, DISTRONIC PLUS with STEER CONTROL and Stop&Go Pilot, PRE-SAFE Brake and PRE-SAFE PLUS. Inside, we find the head-up display as an option, while the Collision Prevention Assist is replaced by Collision Prevention Assist Plus and offered as standard.

The new touchpad is also offered as an option. Furthermore, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 comes with a new option called electric windscreen heating, which ensures that your windscreen is clear even at sub-zero temperatures.

It would be hard to miss a Mercedes-Benz among a crowd of vehicles. After all, all Mercedes vehicles have always featured the classic face through today.

Mercedes design chief Gorden Wagener remarked that the S-Class has always come with a sophisticated design that well expresses both the luxury and automotive grandeur of its era – something that the newest iteration carries on today. It could be considered as an embodiment of sensual clarity, thanks to its classic architecture and its flowing silhouette. Wagener quipped that the new S-Class properly connects the classic elegance of Mercedes’ 1930s cars to the modern progressive design language. He described the S-Class as a true design icon, as made possible by its sensual forms, stylish sportiness, timeless clarity and effortless superiority.

Highlighting the effortless superiority of the new S-Class is its larger grille with a three-dimensional design as complemented by its classic saloon proportions, which are in turn made possible by its long bonnet, its domed roof line and its slanting rear end. Mercedes made sure that the size and space of the S-Class made it look prestigious, as boosted by its dynamic roof line.

As expected, the new S-Class features the brand's hallmark "Dropping Line," which is essentially a character line descending discreetly from front to rear. This dropping line provides structure to the flanks and makes it seem that the S-Class is moving even at a halt. This dropping line results to a flank with convex and concave surfaces, Furthermore, the dynamic sporty nature of the S-Class is also apparent on the pronounced shoulder just above the rear wheel.

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2015 Mercedes-Benz S600

No other car lives up to the standards so famously set by company founder Gottlieb Daimler quite as comprehensively as the top model from Mercedes-Benz. The Mercedes-Benz S600 with V12 biturbo engine is the top model in the already successfully established S-Class and is available exclusively with long wheelbase and with a luxurious package of equipment and appointments. Its performance data: 390 kW (530 hp) and 830 Nm of torque. The Mercedes-Benz S600 had its world premiere at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, with the market launch to follow in March 2014. But the S-Class is about to get even better in other ways, too: the models in the current range will be upgraded with the addition of a head-up display, touchpad and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS.

"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 an output of 390 kW (530 hp), the V12 biturbo engine in the Mercedes-Benz S600 packs a bigger punch than its predecessor did with 380 kW (517 hp). The displacement of the engine has increased from 5513 to 5980 cc. The maximum torque of 830 Nm is available from 1900 rpm. The S600 now for the first time features the ECO start/stop function as standard, while it also meets the Euro 6 emissions standard. The combined fuel consumption of the S600 stands at 11.1 litres/100 km - 21 percent lower than that of its predecessor (14.1 l/100 km).

The most important features of the engine at a glance:

All-aluminium 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.
The comprehensive standard specification of the Mercedes-Benz S600 reinforces its role as a flagship model. The LED Intelligent Light System, the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension with ROAD SURFACE SCAN and the Driving Assistance package Plus, 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 STEER CONTROL and Stop&Go Pilot, PRE-SAFE® Brake 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 (184 kW/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 (210 kW/286 hp) and the 560 SE in the 126 series (220 kW/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 300 kW (408 hp) from a displacement of 6 litres 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 especially sporty, AMG-optimised variants with V8 and V12 engines at the top of its S‑Class range, in the form of the S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG.

From March 2014: additional fine touches in the new S-Class

From March 2014, all the functions of the head unit can be controlled by fingertip gesture, as with a smartphone, from the new, optional 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 COMAND Controller and LINGUATRONIC.

A head-up display is also available as an option for the S-Class. As in a jet fighter, it displays important information directly in the driver's field of view on the front windscreen, so 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.

Replacing COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST on the S-Class now is COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS as standard. In addition to the adaptive Brake Assist system, which helps to protect against collisions at speeds of over 7 km/h, this system now features a further function: if the danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to carry out autonomous braking at speeds of up to 200 km/h, thereby 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 50 km/h, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at up to 40 km/h.

A clear windscreen even at sub-zero temperatures, without all the hassle of scraping, is now possible thanks to electric windscreen 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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