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Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive

2007 Mercedes-Benz Concept Drive review and pictures

Friday, 12 January 2007. by:Alina

Mercedes-Benz Concept Drive review:

The Concept Drive is an awe-inspiring jewel on As a four-door convertible, it belongs in a genre that has almost from our roads. Like the convertibles of years gone by, show-piece from Stuttgart the maximum in elegance, lifestyle and exclusiveness. To put it another way, it automobile cul-ture at its most and desirable.

After the North Auto Show Detroit, has the pioneer and design trendsetter among premium carmakers the presentation of its Concept Ocean four-door convertible. This is a one-off creation by Mercedes-Benz revives the tradition of large convertibles. Not hav-ing to work to a brief or production specifications the de-signers free to get on with the job of the world’s most com-fortable and convertible

The one-off special has an body with an almost flavour and with clearly lines and vibrant two-tone which are excep-tionally charismatic. on one level the Concept Ocean dis-plays the restraint of an elite and automobile, it is also an open to go on a topless cruise along the finest ocean prome-nades. exotic materials have crafted with consummate to create a showpiece of unparalleled

Mercedes-Benz design studies – a journey into the future

The Ocean Drive is not just to inspire fantasies and dreams ; it serves a very practical Because design studies are a good opportunity for designers to around with less themes, to see things from new and to explore new ideas. Not just a design exercise, they are a way of stimulating a closer dialogue customers and of trying out new ideas on the public. This helps the get a feel for future styling and to develop and imple-ment new design

The unique luxury convertible study from Stuttgart a dream car vision into But in the same time it is also an of the design excellence and values of the brand, including the brand’s basic principles like build and quality, comfort, superiority, value retention and These values have now joined by three further key passion, fascination and innovation. The design philosophy both proven styling themes with the brand and at the same combines them with new and ideas and forms.

Styling effortless superiority and elegance

the four doors, the outward marks of the concept car include a large and upright radiator LED headlamps and tail-lights, two-tone and a striking interplay between lines and large, restful This lends the one-off an air of effortless su-periority, power, and forward-flowing energy.

The long opening which, typically of a is not inter-rupted by a B-pillar or window ensures seamless continuity the exterior and the interior, even the top is up. Extensive use of high-value materials as finest-quality leather, 3D-effect and large bird’s eye maple panels (in the interior and even on the com-partment cover) – and many thoughtfully designed interior highlight the luxurious, unique of this design study.


The design study is on the twelve-cylinder Mercedes-Benz S 600, on of this model’s long The technical highlights include:

• the soft-top mechanism resulting in operation and fast closing

• the innovative AIRSCARF neck-level system, which is featured on all seats, allowing occupants to top-down motoring even in the months of the year.

The on-board also includes top-level innovations, some of which are worldwide – including Brake PLUS, the innovative PRE-SAFE® system (in combination with DISTRONIC PLUS) and the PRE-SAFE® occupant protection system.

Ocean Drive design

Mercedes-Benz design study the tradition of four-door luxury

• Four-door open-air motoring and innovative engineering

• Intense appeal and exclusive design

• elegance and lifestyle sophistication

• More than just an in design

Designers of Mercedes-Benz have visions of dream like the Concept Ocean luxury convertible, but only a few visions make it beyond the board and get to be presented before a audience. This design is one such exception. In the absence of any con-straints in the form of a design production specifications or market the designers were able to get on the exciting job of building the world’s comfortable and elegant convertible, in the of an elaborate one-off special.

The is an awe-inspiring jewel on wheels which Mercedes-Benz is reviving its four-door convertible tradition –a automobile genre that has disappeared from our roads. The four-door convertibles produced by were built-to-order 300d models which left the production lines in 1962. The Ocean Drive model is and reinterpreting this luxury tradition 45 years down the in a one-off design study. its famous predecessors, the showpiece Stuttgart features the maximum in lifestyle sophistication and exclusiveness. To put it way, it represents auto-mobile at its most attractive and desirable.

defined lines and two-tone

The seductive Concept Ocean four-door convertible is an exercise in appeal, based on the technical of the Mercedes-Benz S 600 with long (3165 millimetres) and twelve-cylinder The one-off special has an all-new with an al-most classic and with clearly defined and vibrant two-tone paintwork are exceptionally charismatic. Although on one it dis-plays the restraint of an elite and automobile, the design study is an open invitation to go on a topless, cruise along the world’s ocean promenades, in the drowsy of a summer evening. The study youthful enthusiasm with passion and healthy self-confidence. is never marred even the soft top has to be raised over the luxurious single seats.

The of the Concept Ocean Drive only partly on the intellec-tual Certainly the car is equipped with the innovations which put Mercedes-Benz among the leading pioneers in the class – but its dream car character is more on extrovert self-confidence. The convertible study proudly luxurious and unusual mate-rials and craftsmanship; its uncompromising perfection it a masterpiece whose unique are likely to appeal to those who most of all, to rise the mundane and ordinary.

Design with space for new ideas

The dream for designers is that the new convertible from Stuttgart hope to satisfy, namely of owning it. Being a design it re-mains firmly unattainable. said, however, as a design it isn’t just designed to dreams and fantasies but also a very practical purpose. whereas Mercedes-Benz concept or vehicles are developed to test new concepts and technologies, design are a good opportunity for designers to around with less topics, to see things from new to explore new ideas and to give an airing in the real world.

The Ocean Drive is not just exercise and is more than a playground for new ideas and perspectives. It is a way of stimulating a closer dialogue customers and of trying out new ideas for of tomorrow on the general public. helps the designers get a feel for styling trends and to develop and new design idioms. In the words of Peter Pfeiffer, Mercedes Car Senior Vice President Our automobile designers have the task of identifying –and setting – trends. They be aware of currents and undercurrents in culture and society and must an intuitive nose – at a very stage – for what’s coming Designers are always working in the We can never stand still but keep thinking further and ahead.

Design excellence the philosophy of the brand

The Concept Drive turns a dream car into reality. At the same it is also an affirmation of the design and values of the Mercedes-Benz brand. has a dual task: on the one hand to exciting lines and shapes and on the to express and visualise the brand This identity is founded on the of Mercedes-Benz such as excellent and quality, comfort, effortless good value re-tention and

The Mercedes-Benz design philosophy perpetuates proven styling associated with the brand and at the time combines them new and surprising ideas and forms. The Ocean Drive is a good of this. It too reflects the basic idioms and typical hallmarks of the Needless to say these include the grille, which despite its new is instantly recognisable as belonging to a Other characteristic features of the Mercedes-Benz style include and lucidity of form, with a interplay between taut and large, restful surfaces, and a of excessive ornamentation in favour of appeal. This gives the study an air of effortless superior-ity, elegance and forward-flowing energy.

and unexpected styling touches the slightly downward-sloping line the rear wheel arch and the new treatment help to define the character of the unique Concept Drive. And the long side-window which is not interrupted by a B-pillar or a frame, ensures seamless between the exterior and the interior, when the top is up. Extensive use of high-quality – such as very soft 3D-effect materials or large eye maple trim panels (in the and also on the soft top compartment – and many other thoughtfully interior details highlight the unique character of this study.

Design and equipment

lines and meticulous craftsmanship

• two-tone paintwork

• Seductive of elegance and power

• World’s soft top with proportional

• Luxurious bird’s eye maple and leather

At first glance the Concept Ocean Drive recalls classic luxury-car This impression rests all on a large, very upright and the elegant, long and extended of the new four-door convertible body. The study’s creators were not to be avantgarde in their interpretations of design themes. Rather, the was that to create a unique fusing effortless superiority, elegance, luxury and self-confident of pleasure and the good life.

The convertible’s styling is surprising, and in keeping with the Mercedes-Benz philosophy, whose watchword is purity and clarity. Lucid and large, restful surfaces are with taut lines to a fascinating counterpoint between and power. The resulting impression is of elegance and all-round qual-ity – when the soft top is down. In state, the side windows are retracted and the interior is completely thanks to the typical convertible of a B-pillar or side-window frames. The top also shows off the elegant with its high-quality materials and inter-esting features, while the appears particularly long and When the soft top is raised, the curve of the roofline emphasises the qualities of the vehicle.

Large and radiator

Specially developed for the study, the radiator is the defining of the front end of the luxury convertible. It is on the familiar saloon radiator but scales new dimensions in terms of its area. This extremely radiator grille is almost a larger than that of the S-Class. With its four slats, this one-off is also much more than the radiator grille on any in the current Mer-cedes-Benz range and its aura makes it an unmistakable symbol.

This impression is by the strongly V-shaped front end and the bonnet, which is bounded by a feature line around the This line embraces the grille and merges in an elegant, flourish with the sharply A-pillar.

LED technology gives headlamp appearance

LED technology all the headlamp functions, which serves as a design medium. in five banks, 35 high-performance provide both the dipped and the beam headlamp functions. LED is housed in its own specially constructed which acts as a kind of nozzle for the emerging light. Plexiglas elements accentuate the between the banks of LEDs, at their top edge the headlamps a distinctive three-dimensional lid.

When the main or dipped or are switched on, they form a light pattern in the outer of the headlamp, thus creating a night-time effect. The daytime lights/parking lights are LED-based These light units are with a cover which a uniform light disper-sion. The applies to the direction indicators, forms a C-shaped border the edge of the daytime driving

Long and extended silhouette and lines

A defining stylistic of the Concept Ocean Drive in view is the flowing shoulder which grows organically out of the wheel arches, rises very slightly and then away slightly again the rear, before coming to a conclusion in the taillights. The wind-screen is raked, taking design from the dynamic styling of the coupйs. When the soft top is the roof line forms a but powerful curve spanning the thereby preserving the im-pression of a and extended silhouette.

One hallmark of design is a striking use of curves and This is reflected in the four-door design study too. The line running along the window edge gives and support, while below a feature line provides structuring for the side sections. It the full length of the vehicle, the tip of the headlamps to the tip of the taillights, separating the and concave surfaces of the doors and a sense of harmony and balance. In the time it gives the body an appearance, creating an effect of and ele-gance. The feature line forms a striking shading and adds interesting effects of and shade.

These features are by the lines which grow out the un-derstated front and rear arches. Behind the wheel they slightly dip away, accentuating the air of stylish sleekness and ele-gance. Rounding things off at the extremity is a side skirt central chrome accent

Two-tone paintwork with new paints

The feature line on the Ocean Drive also the dividing line between the two shades used in the two-tone scheme. The shimmering, coordinated shades were specially by the paint specialists at Mercedes-Benz. The parts of the vehicle, in-cluding the and the boot lid, are painted in the pearlescent, very distinguished pearl shade. The lower are in Alubeam champagne. The special of this paint are the metallic which produce an extreme effect and cause the appearance to be-tween either a matt or a effect, all depending on the light and on the and distance from which the is viewed. The sophisti-cated paintwork is further set off by the bronze tinting of the

The two-tone paintwork not only the high-quality craftsmanship that has into the convertible study but makes the vehicle appear and more elegant, while the of light also reinforces the of the side feature lines.

side windows and door

When the frameless side are closed, they have to and form a seal outside the area. This and the fact the B-pillar stump makes retraction more difficult that the engineers had to devise a system with special and a complicated sequence of movements to the opening and closing of the windows. the button is pressed, the window in the door moves forwards and at an angle. Before the rear window can disappear completely the rear door, the mechanism moves it a few centimetres back-wards tilting it forwards and downwards.

thought has also gone the design of the door handles, fit flush with the bodywork in not to interrupt the styling. Touch cause the handles to extend when someone wishes to a door.

Multi-spoke wheels

The wheels produced specially for the design study add to the impression of quality. Their 36 narrow recall the spoked wheels of cars of years gone by, their overall appearance is modern. The Concept Ocean rides on large, low-profile size 275/35 ZR 21.

Distinctive rear view

At the a steep edge separates the lid from the main body of the The taillights, like the front are completely LED-based. When the are off, a narrow horizontal rib continues to divide the taillight and light into C-shaped reminiscent of the front head-lamp In both cases the light have a homogenous appearance so the individual LEDs behind be distinguished. As on the head-lamps, there is a embedded in the centre of the C. In this it comprises the direction indicator and light.

Two large trapezoidal pipes integrated in the rear are tell-tale pointers to the presence of a V12 engine underneath the bon-net.

soft-top mechanism

The soft top is and closed by a sophisticated electric mechanism. First of all an electric opens the catch on the windscreen then the rear bow unlatches. the roof folds up and the boot lid backwards, together with the shelf, to accommodate it. The retraction displayed on the concept vehicle is new in form and makes it possible to with the usual transverse

The soft top posed a special not least due to its remarkable dimensions: a length of 2182 millimeters, it a roof arc of 2220 mm and covers an of approx. 3.2 square metres.

The sequence of movements is driven by a hydraulic system. This provides the motive power for the and closing operations, while and coordination is for the first time by proportional valves which are worldwide. Unlike the type of previously used, which out the various operations consecutively and at speed, the proportional valves use a intelligent control strategy the different opening and closing can take place at different and in parallel. This means the different movements can be more and elegantly, not to mention efficiently, The six separately controllable proportional used in the Mercedes-Benz luxury allow the roof to be opened in the short time of approximately 20 — an astonishingly quick for a soft top of this size.

A unique high-quality fabric was for the soft top material. Since the and weft threads are in lighter and shades, an alternating matt/shiny is created which picks up on and the colour -shifting effects of the producing a shimmering effect of wood.

The soft top has a 30-millimetre of intermediate padding and a light-colored lining which preserves the and airy interior ambience when the top is closed. A polished strip runs along the between the closed top and the body.

elegance and refinement in the interior

the top down, there is a much sense of continuity between the and the interior of this luxury when looking at the vehicle the outside than would be with a closed-body vehicle. The of the paintwork blends seamlessly that of the large wood parts – in anthracite hinting at beige – which run all the way round the at shoulder line level. The trim produces the same effects, altering with the as the paintwork. Even the large top compartment cover, under the soft top stows away low-ered, is completely covered in eye maple, one of the most expensive veneers on account of its unusual, unostentatious, grain pat-tern. A neat feature: when the top is closed, this cover up as the parcel shelf.

Inside the study, the driver and passengers are by a wide range of sensually features: when the occupants are their eyes are drawn to well-proportioned, finely-balanced forms and and to light, warm colours, hands brush further eye maple trim parts and linger over soft and leather and supe-rior fabrics. is luxury and comfort in the typical mould.

Finely coordinated ambience

Meticulous craftsmanship the tone throughout the vehicle. The layout is horizontally structured and to four people. Below the panel cover and the A-pillars, of which are trimmed with leather to avoid reflections, a bird’s eye maple wood runs right across the panel. It is inclined upwards and forms the centre console.

Beneath the wood, ivory trim whose weave it a three-dimensional look and feel, a light-colored contrast in the area of the panel, centre console and The same material sur-rounds the of the large console between the seats. It also sets the on the specially designed seats, wide strips of it alternate on the of the squab and backrest with leather in the same light-colored The fabric sections in the seat are not unusual in appearance but also a high standard of comfort.

the driver wants to enter the car have another surprise by the driver’s seat. At this the seat automatically glides and down to provide easier Once the driver is sitting in the the memory function automatically the seat to the programmed optimal

Bird’s eye maple is also on the sides of the centre console surface is trimmed in light-colored and the armrests. Those areas the occupants’ hand will are likewise trimmed in a light-colored which is particularly pleasant to the

DVD system and champagne compartment

The armrest between the rear-seat in the design study incorporates a devised mechanism which, the armrest is folded out, of all raises the upper wood-trimmed then, when the leather-upholstered has been extended, lowers the flap back down to close the gap. This armrest incorporates a twist/push with hand rest the rear-seat passengers can use to operate the DVD/audio system. The video are built into the back of the head restraints.

Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive

A champagne housing one bottle and two champagne is located between the seats. grips hold the filled securely in place when the car is on the

Superior control and operation

at the design study there is little indication that it is, in based on an S 600 model. The instruments and that make up the control and system are the only thing the have adopted wholesale the S-Class – everything else was and built specially for the design The wood steering wheel for is again a one-off design. The aluminium highlight, with a Mercedes star in the same creates an inlaid effect. new, and specially designed for model, is the chronometer in the centre of the panel.


Innovations the Mercedes-Benz flagship models

• 380 hp twin-turbo 12-cylinder engine

• brake system and PRE-SAFE® protection system

With the Ocean Drive, Mercedes-Benz set out to not only an exciting showpiece but a fully driveable vehicle. In with the project’s ambitious the engineers’ choice of base fell on the S 600 top-of-the-line S-Class with long wheelbase and engine.

First of all they the Mercedes-Benz flagship of its entire with only a brief at the base of the B-pillar remaining. remained of the floor assembly fitted with concealed and reinforcements to ensure the required stiffness – despite the lack of a roof structure.

The large of the long-version C-Class floor (3165 mm wheelbase) provided the for an interior space concept offers all passengers first-class of comfort. Even the opulent footwells were retained. The dimensional alteration was that the new convertible bodywork has slightly rear doors to make for the soft top mechanism.

Twin-turbo develops impressive power

The of the Concept Ocean Drive a top-of-the-line V12 Mercedes-Benz power which for this vehicle has a new, elaborately designed emblazoned with a stylised V A lot of attention has been lavished on other – normally concealed – in the engine compartment. For example the of the windscreen washer reservoir and fluid containers are opened by of chromed catches, with perforations adding a particularly touch. The exhaust manifolds from the cowling are wrapped in steel mesh.

The twin-turbo engine develops power of 380 kW/517 hp and maximum of 830 Newton metres and provides and effort-less power. It is partnered by the trusted, smooth-action 5-speed transmission.

Air scarf on all four

One of the technical highlights of the Concept Drive has been adopted – in form – from the SLK-Class. The AIRSCARF neck-level heating which made its debut in the car model, warms the head, and neck like an invisible This allows occu-pants in all seats of the Concept Ocean model to keep the top down as as possible, even during the season.

Innovations from the models

The Mercedes-Benz showcar the same technical innovations have made the flagship models bench-marks in the passenger car They include important new like Brake Assist the innovative PRE-SAFE® brake (in combination with radar-based PLUS) and the PRE-SAFE® anticipatory protection system.

The radar of the Brake Assist PLUS PLUS) system monitor in front and warn the driver if the distance is too short or if the vehicle is up too quickly on the preceding vehicle. If a of collision is detected, BAS PLUS with split-second speed the amount of brake boost, delivers it the moment the brake is even if the driver doesn’t on the pedal hard enough. this system the PRE-SAFE® system, which is unique goes a stage further Brake Assist PLUS by braking the vehicle with 40 percent of maximum braking if an acute risk of accident is The result is a significant reduction in the of nose-to-tail collisions and in the risk of to vehicle occupants.

The DISTRONIC radar-based proximity control is also on the board and maintains the following distance from in front. In stop-go traffic the automatically brakes the vehicle to a if necessary, then – at a command the driver – accelerates back to the speed as soon as the traffic moving again.

COMAND and one-touch buttons

The developers the design study with the enhanced control and display as used in the S-Class, which that frequently used can be accessed quickly and conveniently. on their personal preferences, can operate features like the TV receiver, CD/DVD changer, or navigation system either by of conventional switches, by means of on the multifunction steering wheel or by the enhanced COMAND system.

Concept Ocean Drive

Concept Ocean Drive

based on: Mercedes-Benz S 600

Historical Mercedes-Benz 300 D Cabriolet (up to 1962)

No. of cylinders/arrangement 12/V, 3 valves per

Displacement cc 5514

Bore x mm 82 x 87

Rated output kW/hp

Rated torque Nm 830 at 1900-3500 rpm

ratio 9.0. 1

Mixture Microprocessor-controlled petrol injection hot-film mass airflow twin turbo charging

Front axle Four-link Active Body Control

axle Multi-link independent Active Body Control

system Vented disc front and rear, perforated at rear drum-type parking ABS, Brake Assist,

Steering Rack-and-pinion speed-sensitive steering, steer-ing damper

front 9J x 21 ET33, rear 10J x 21

Tyres front and rear ZR 21

Dimensions and eights

Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive
Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive
Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive
Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive
Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive
Mercedes-Benz Ocean Drive


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