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Mercedes Benz F 500

2000 Mercedes Benz

By Tom Hagin

The 2000 Mercedes-Benz (S430 and S500) is one of the world’s technologically advanced production Never mind that smaller, lighter and more than the last generation the part that’s fun is trying to all of its special features.

Two hours the owners manual is all it took to master the multitude of switches, and controls on our test S500.

— The new S-Class looks and slimmer than before. still classified by the EPA as a large but the wheelbase and overall length are over two inches shorter the previous model, and it’s 1.3 narrower. The shorter overhangs and a beltline contribute to this Softened contours, gently hood line and sweeping give it a sleek coupe-like in an efficient four-door package. to aerodynamics paid off in a low 0.27 of drag. Mercedes offers its trim series with of its model lines, and the S-Class is the to receive this treatment. the S-Class, adding the package the choice of either Espresso or paint, along with a of interior features.

INSIDE — The front and seats are redesigned and covered in Nappa leather upholstery. The is firm (a Mercedes trademark), but very supportive. On long a Mercedes leaves the driver refreshed. The dashboard is filled buttons to operate various and gizmos, with a small screen in the center that the navigation system operated satellites. It also displays the and built-in telephone prompts. The integrated system is called (Cockpit Management and Data). The dual zone climate system includes exterior to monitor various weather while a superb Bose-brand system can be packaged with an trunk-mounted six-disc

CD changer. Heated, 14-way front seats are standard, as is control, power tilt/telescoping column, variable speed auto-dimming rearview mirrors and a glass sunroof.

Mercedes Benz F 500

ON THE ROAD — The latest is powered by a new modular V8. The S430 a 4.3 liter version, while the offers up 5.0 liters. Both use a camshaft on each cylinder along with three per cylinder. Depending on engine two plugs fire with a time gap, at the same alternating between the two for better efficiencies and less noise. The has 302 horsepower, which is down a bit the last version, and 339 pound-feet of It launches off-line quite and gives impressive 0-60 mph Passing power is even with plenty of pull well after the speed has been exceeded. Mated to engine is a five-speed automatic that learns the piloting of its driver, and a Winter/Sport button the driver the choice of more on slippery roads or sport points. Traction control is

BEHIND THE WHEEL — The body platform of the new S-Class is and stiffer than the version it and extensive use of aluminum parts has 500 pounds off the car. The four-wheel suspension uses what calls AIRmatic, an air-ride and damping system that the car level at all times. To maintain stability, the company has added an Stability Program (ESP). system uses special to detect a slide, then adjustments to the anti-lock braking (ABS) and the traction control to bring the car back under The system doesn’t eliminate but it helps the driver avoid problems. A new rack-and-pinion steering replaces the old model’s recirculating-ball to give a lighter, more feel. Four-wheel, vented brakes (cross-drilled in front) are

OPTIONS — CD changer: rear A/C: $1,400; rear seats: $595; trim: $8,500.

SAFETY — Dashboard, impact and window curtain ABS, traction control, ESP and door beams are standard.

Mercedes Benz F 500
Mercedes Benz F 500
Mercedes Benz F 500


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