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Mercedes-Benz R 500

By Matt DeLorenzo July 6,

When Mercedes-Benz introduced its eight years ago, it to offer the all-terrain capability of a SUV with the people-hauling flexibility of a It found, over time, these two markets are quite and for its second go-around, the company to build two vehicles. One is specifically at the SUV market, the M-Class, while the is a new concept aimed at the upscale station wagon market.

The is to a minivan what a corporate jet is to a commuter plane. Long, low, and powered by a choice of a 3.5-liter V-6 or a 305-bhp 5.0-liter the R-Class delivers that to all four wheels via a 7-speed transmission. While not specifically a minivan, the R-Class delivers three-row seating and does all the kid and … hauling a family to do in high style.

For those looking for similarities the R-Class and that other offering, the Pacifica, it stops past the general shape. inspection reveals that the has a longitudinal engine and transmission full-time all-wheel drive, as to the Pacifica’s transverse engine and choice of front- or all-wheel The R-Class is about 10 in. longer at in. and rides on an incredibly long wheelbase. It’s also 2 in. narrower than the Pacifica at All this contributes to a different whether you’re just behind the wheel or rolling the road.

I had the opportunity to drive both the V-6 and V-8 in and around Vance, Alabama, of Mercedes-Benz’s U.S. assembly The V-8 R500 was a specially appointed Fifth Avenue version. limited-edition model sported wheels, special paint and a leather interior that to the vehicle’s executive-jet aura.

The feels more closely than the Pacifica’s, although it has a high seating position gives a commanding view of the A large sunroof with a glass panel over the row of seats floods the cabin light. The switches and controls are fare; they look, and operate much the way they do in the E- and sedans.


The R-Class is no lightweight, tipping the at 4765 lb. with the V-6 and 4845 lb. the V-8. That weight into a solid feel to the and minimal intrusion of outside The ride, courtesy of the long is exceptional, nicely damped being floaty.

Mercedes-Benz R 500

The air suspension has settings: normal, comfort and Toggling between sport and showed a distinctive difference in On uneven surfaces, the vehicle bounce more in the sport but smooth out immediately when was engaged. Conversely, through sections, the body tended to more in the corners when in the mode.

The shift quality of the 7-speed transmission is outstanding. The R500 off shifts quickly and seamlessly the V-8 in the fat portion of the powerband at all times. The V-6 quite well with the but overall, the V-8 seems better to the vehicle’s size and weight.

hopes to set new standards for luxurious with the R-Class, and just inside at the features and appointments is proof that the company is on its way to meeting its goal. The long means that the third-row will accommodate adults as easily as kids. The second-row chairs are firmly bolstered and as as the front bucket seats. A center console provides storage for such items as the for the rear-seat entertainment system features twin LCD screens in the front-seat headrests.

The Mercedes R-Class will at just under $50,000 for the V-6 Expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of to $15,000 more for a fully R500. And if 305 bhp and all-wheel drive enough, just wait. we a promise of an AMG-tuned R63 somewhere in the not too future. Who said people can’t be a lot of fun?

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