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Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

Mercedes S400 Hybrid: at What Cost?

Mercedes’ hybrid luxury sedan has a lot of attention this month a Canadian market study of 16 singled out the big Benz as the “only” hybrid option on the market. face facts, though: the clients are less interested in cost-effective, and more interested in they’re being asked to (in terms of luxury) in order to their driveways.  I was curious, and when a showroom-fresh S400 itself available, I jumped at the to poke around and see what was

How does Mercedes’ S400 stack up against its more V8-powered brothers?  Find after the jump.

The conventional thinking (among clients, anyway) is that takes many forms. seating is a must, soft is a must, a full orchestra of and buzzing electric motors to everything from seat to suspension travel is a must, in a Mercedes—the luxury of being to whip past a line of moving peasants in traffic. Is. A.

Think that’s not what buyers want? Watch official Mercedes-Benz advertisement,

The video says it all, it? MB buyers want, no, expect cars to be performers. No matter how wood is inlaid into the or how many cows have to be into leather seats and headliners:  if it doesn’t respond to the pedal, MB buyers probably interested.  After all, luxury means having cake and eating it, too… so, Mercedes’ hybrid offer “go” to convince S550 to make the switch to hybrid

On the Switzer Performance dyno in Ohio, we had a chance to find This is what it looked

The results were a bit surprising.

off, if they’ve already the S550, the S400 will not any but the most environmentally conscious shoppers to switch to hybrid The S550, with its 382 hp 5.5-liter V8 engine, absolutely rockets to 60 mph in than 6 seconds. That’s 911 territory, and Porsche’s idea of legroom is bunk.

So, the S400 won’t be winning the hearts of the S550 buyer… after talking it over Jalopnik editor Ray Wert Ray!), I don’t think the is supposed to be an S550 alternative at What it really is, is an alternative to a S500.


Think about it: in the throes of the easy credit bubble, scads of big V8 S class were leased and bought bought again. As such, the car market is flooded with used S500s that can be had for a of the price of a new S550. With reputation for longevity, the company something to keep clients buying a “previously loved” and get them into the showroom, they can move a new car and keep the on at the factory.

The S400 can’t hold a to its contemporary V8 stablemate (the  but the previous V8 Benz S500) was much more With a 302 hp V8 and 5-speed automatic the car was quick in its day—but it was no rocket. The with 295 electrically-assisted horsepower and a gearbox, gives up nothing to the from 0-60 mph.

In the photo, below, you can see the S400′s motor output in terms of  With the added boost of the assist” motor, Mercedes’ really scoots… which come as no surprise, considering the 2008 SEMA GLK Spec.Rally car featured a similar “performance system .

At the end of the day, the S400 is clever. It devalues the older V8 attracts some positive helps keep the CAFE at bay, and delivers a level of high enough to convince of the previous S500, SL500, and Mercedes that they can their cake and eat it, too.

Special thanks to Switzer for the use of the Dynojet, and to Ray Wert and the guys at who helped arrange access to the

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