First drive Future MercedesBenz SClass | Car Reviews | by Car…

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Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style

| First Drive | Stuttgart, | Future Mercedes-Benz S-Class |

In we drove the latest incarnation of S-Class with updated Little over a month on and muscled our way behind the wheel of could, and probably will be, the phase in Merc’s flagship car. The next S-Class is due in and throughout its lifetime we can expect to see the of a plug-in hybrid version can drive completely by itself at low

In the Metal

We can’t comment on the of the next S-Class just as the two prototype cars that we were for technology purposes so they were both current S-Class bodies.

We did, however, bag a ride in the F800 concept car. was unveiled at this year’s Motor Show and has the same hybrid system as the future will — give or a few tweaks before production. that in mind, it’s to speculate that the next S may on a few of the F800’s finer features. a very good thing.

you get for your Money

Again a price on it is nigh-on impossible at stage, but it’s worth exactly what technology is planning to include. The plug-in system features a 300bhp V6 engine mated to an 80kW 107bhp) electric motor. It can travel on electric power at speeds of up to 75mph with a range. The petrol engine in to offer extra power you need it and when both are together they can muster as potency as a traditional V8 petrol

As for a car that can drive itself, courtesy of the latest incarnation of Distronic adaptive cruise system. The current S-Class can a nasty collision by automatically the brakes and pre-tensing the seat before an impending shunt, but the generation takes this one further and automatically accelerates, and steers the car when following traffic at low speed. It works at a of up to 30 metres and only within a carriageway lane, so theoretically no danger of the car following a swerving who’s had one too many.

Driving it

The plug-in hybrid — referred to as ‘Premium by Merc’s engineers — is the more impressive of the two technologies. other serious hybrids and cars, it’s silent at low and emits only an eerie, hum.

Unlike most of its ilk, the S-Class keeps on electric power. We’re to cars such as the Toyota that run for a very a short of time at low speeds on electricity, but one is different. For the length of our short it happily remained on electric alone unless we really put the down. Mercedes says the V6 engine kicks in when the depresses the accelerator pedal by 90 or more, which we would to. The transmission between engine and is quite jerky, but that’s not for a pre-production model.

Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style

The self-driving S-Class is undeniably but not quite there yet. To the Distronic system, you nudge the control lever upwards, tap the throttle and the car smoothly follows the in front of it. The system cut out once or while we were using it and it the driver’s hands to be on the wheel for a amount of time in order to active, so it’s not quite as as it could be. We’re in no doubt Merc will get it right or later, but the practical application is

Worth Noting

The next is due to go on sale in 2013 but these won’t be available from The plug-in hybrid is all but ready to go; as we mentioned, the next generation of isn’t quite there Mercedes hasn’t confirmed either system will on the options list, but our money is on 2014 for the plug-in hybrid. is currently anyone’s guess, but reasonable to assume that it arrive later on.


We’re all for the Mercedes-Benz plug-in hybrid. A proper car that can run on electricity alone at speed and distance is a great — especially when it the potency of a V8 engine. Great We’re less in favour of the though. It’s undeniably and futuristic, but should drivers need a car to drive for them in traffic, or should they be attention? We’ll certainly out in the next decade.

Jack Carfrae — 29 Oct

Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style
Mercedes-Benz F 800 Style

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