History Seven generations of the MercedesBenz Coupé Carscoops

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Mercedes-Benz S 500 320hp W140

History: Seven generations of the Coupé

The history of the large Coupés stretches back to when Mercedes-Benz launched the 300 S Coupé — a car for the world’s was the verdict of the motoring press in its In 1956 it was followed by the 220 S Coupé as of the W 180 model series, which the public’s imagination with its Pontoon body in particular. And in the derder 220 SEb Coupé (W 111 model took up the baton with its elongated body.

In 1981 the SEC from the C 126 model series based on the then S-Class and in the Mercedes-Benz line-up for 10 years over 74,000 units In 1992 the Geneva Motor was host to the launch of the successor (C 140 model series), powered for the time by a 290-kW/394-hp twelve-cylinder The predecessor to the new CL-Class Coupé its world premiere in March setting new standards with Mercedes innovations such as the Body Control (ABC) system and bi-xenon headlamps. has built over 178,000 coupés since 1952.

The 300 S Coupé makes its mark back from today’s the 1950s appear to be a retrospectively utopian decade. At the time knew what lay ahead, it was clear that the debris over from the Second War had to be removed as soon as possible. The visible signs of the general were the roads, which in an appalling condition. The traffic in Germany was 19 cars per 1000

It was against this social that Mercedes-Benz launched the 300 S in the W 188 model series, which had presented at the Paris Motor in autumn 1951 and entered production in summer 1952. The press referred to it as a car for the world’s With this highly top-of-the-line model the Stuttgart not only demonstrated its outstanding expertise, but also its future-oriented spirit.

It was particularly the design of this that captured the attention. The wings and stretched bonnet traditional and, in this particularly noble contours, to a comment made at the time. the calm, dignified lines in harmony with a modern had a tangible aura of power. In respect it also reflected the spirit of the time.

The refined, Coupé was equipped with a 110 hp six-cylinder engine and was capable of 175 How seriously Mercedes-Benz took its target group, which the American film stars Cooper and Errol Flynn, obvious in 1955, when the presented a revised model, the 300 Sc The engine now had an injection pump than the previous carburettor, and the had increased to 128 kW/175 hp. The 300 S and 300 Sc Coupés the post-war product range of Benz off at the top end, and at the same continued a tradition which had begun in the 1930s: producing cars with a sporty for the most discerning customers. The few remaining post-war Coupés – 314 were produced between and 1958 – are among the most collectors’ items and change at the highest prices at auctions.

debut of the Sindelfingen body By the the post-war years were and truly over. The tentative resurgence in Germany had developed a boom which has gone in history as the economic miracle. the four years from car ownership doubled to 40 per 1000

When Mercedes-Benz presented the 220 S in the W 180 series in 1956, the motoring referred to it as the Sindelfingen body, as the car had created at the development centre in With its two doors, flowing and prominent, curved rear the 220 S Coupé once again powerful and elegant contours. bumpers and fog lamps characterised the end. The most striking was the three-fold division of the passenger front end and rear end into a form which quickly led to the Pontoon” Mercedes (i.e. a self-supporting body chassis – a term which has gone in automotive history. In fact was a pioneering new design, and a totally new to occupant protection: the self-supporting which deforms under and therefore absorbs energy of transferring it to the occupants.

The characteristic Pontoon models in series were first with a 100 hp engine, including the Shortly afterwards the engine was increased to 78 kW/106 hp. Responding to wishes for increased performance, offered a petrol injection in the 220 SE (W 128 series) at a price of 1900 from September 1958, and increased the output to 85 kW/115 hp. the 300 S Coupé of 1952, the Pontoon of the W 180 and W 128 model series demonstrated imaginative design, trailblazing and driving pleasure were not exclusive, but were in fact by the customers. A total of 2081 of the 220 S and 220 SE Coupés were produced, and too are highly sought-after collectors’

1961: the 220 SEb Coupé climbs the of elegance In 1961 yet another was in the limelight at Mercedes-Benz, when the 220 SEb in the W 111 series was presented during the ceremony for the new Museum at the plant in on February 24. Once again the had demonstrated their creativity and sense of style. This and prestigious coupé possessed a aura, while power and blended to form a harmonious which was already visible The tailfins which adorned the models were now only thereby reinforcing the flowing The car’s well-balanced design with any form of styling Moreover, this fully-fledged with plenty of space for journeys had been developed the ground up.

Car density in Germany had more doubled once again 1956. It now stood at 95 cars per inhabitants, though the quality of the surfaces was still rather The designers at Mercedes-Benz had planned however: the 220 SEb Coupé was the first production car by Mercedes-Benz to feature brakes at the front. The six-cylinder developed an output of 88 kW/120 hp, for high average speeds on journeys. The 300 SE Coupé in the W 112 model of 1962 featured a four-speed transmission, air suspension and power as standard, in line with expectations. The popularity of these was spectacularly reflected in the production more than ten times as W 111 and W 112-series Coupés were as the preceding Pontoon models, 28,918 units.

1981: a new for the Coupés When the Mercedes 380 SEC and 500 SEC Coupé in the C 126 model series presented in 1981, the designers and had returned to the S-Class rather the SL-Class as the basis for the Coupés. initially meant that dimensions were slightly The design of the new Coupé was also from the four-door saloons, elegant and harmonious contours. Its was one of even more raw power and however: the body designers had off the remarkable achievement of clothing an muscular body in a finely jacket.

The expectations of car buyers Mercedes-Benz engineers met the demands for output with V8 engines for the new which had also been revised to achieve lower consumption and exhaust emissions as of the Mercedes-Benz Energy Concept. The of the 380 SEC Coupé was 150 kW/204 hp, that of the 500 SEC 170 kW/231 hp. As a motoring magazine at the time: The feeling of spaciousness and are quite excellent, the SEC appears to itself.

The excitement generated by the large Coupé was not least by the sales figures, with units of the W 126 series produced. Coupés, which many regard as the ultimate touring are now among the most sought-after classics produced by Mercedes-Benz. combine technical progress in and handling safety with the standards of exclusivity and comfort.

Mercedes-Benz S 500 320hp W140

1992: building on tradition and In 1992 Mercedes-Benz chose international events as the stage for a new the world debut of the new SEC Coupé in the W 140 series took place in at the North American International Show in Detroit. and the European followed two months later at the Motor Show.

Although the SEC adopted certain technical from the S-Class Saloon in 1991, their design was distinctive. What is more, illustrated the tradition of coupé and engineering at Mercedes-Benz in a quite way. Clear, calm with discreet, powerful exuded dynamism, elegance and sportiness. This was an unbeatable for coupé enthusiasts, and it once underlined the unique status of Coupés on the world market. Two were initially available: the 500 SEC a V8 engine and the 600 SEC with a V12 unit, an output of 235 kW/320 hp and 290 kW/394 hp to match the Saloons. Both equipped with numerous ex factory, and represented the pinnacle of the car range.

Demand for the exclusive by Mercedes-Benz remained unbroken in however the expectations of customers to be rising in parallel with the level of car ownership – in 1992 reached the unheard-of figure of 502 per inhabitants. Theoretically it would be to seat the entire population on the seats of the German car fleet. In to meet the great demand for coupés, the Mercedes Coupé was reinforced with the 205 kW/279 hp S 420 in 1994. In May 1995 the Electronic Program was first introduced in the S 600 Once again Mercedes-Benz had its pioneering role in the field of safety. The response by the market was as 26,022 units of the C 140 series produced.

1999: into the new millennium the CL-Class World debut at the Motor Show in March where the innovative Mercedes-Benz Coupé (C 215 series) was first to the public. In terms of design, and appointments this model demonstrated the undiminished innovative of the Stuttgart-based manufacturer. The new design were unmistakable from the the long, flat bonnet, the arched roofline, the striking end and the expressive reinterpretation of the now familiar face produced a form exuded both sporty and elegance. Athleticism was incomparably with suppleness. Continuous windows and the lack of B-pillars the vehicle body appear This highly acclaimed immediately claimed the throne in elite market, and was soon the world’s most desirable coupés.


The engines Mercedes-Benz with this extraordinary did it full justice: the top-of-the-line CL 600 was with a newly developed, twelve-cylinder power unit 270 kW/367 hp and a torque of 530 Nm. The smaller CL 500 the 225 kW/306 hp V8 engine. The new Mercedes also featured innovations as which no other car in the world boast at the time of its presentation, and foremost the innovative Active Control (ABC) suspension Other standard features an extensive safety package, front airbags, sidebags and

In the autumn of 2002 the V12 engine in the CL 600 was by the addition of biturbo supercharging and measures which brought its up to 368 kW/500 hp; at a boost pressure of one bar it a maximum torque of 800 Newton from an engine speed of 1800 rpm – 36 percent more and 51 percent more torque the previous 12-cylinder unit. meant that the Coupé accelerate from zero to 100 in 4.8 seconds, and on up to an (electronically governed) top of 250 km/h.

As of autumn 2002, Active Control (ABC) was modified for all the system now took the overall of the car at any given moment into when computing the suspension forces required. The result was handling characteristics remained or less the same no matter how the car was Among other product measures at the time was even sophisticated safety equipment, what are known as up-front in the front end of the bodywork, which can the severity of a crash early on in the and thereby control front airbag deployment in two stages, as the requires. Moreover, the sensors it possible for the belt tensioners to be even sooner.

The production of these C 215-series Coupés that Mercedes-Benz is firmly on the track with this of the coupé tradition, as 46,800 had been produced by May 2006.

The of modern coupés by Mercedes-Benz, their visionary symbiosis of and emotion, will also into the future. Development continue to be based on innovative and a future-oriented approach which are visible and tangible. Perfected exclusive appointments and state-of-the-art technology will also to produce a seminal stylistic and a class of its own in the future.

Mercedes-Benz S 500 320hp W140

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