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Mercedes-Benz S 600 L W220

Mercedes Benz S Class 2001 Road Test

I’m not to pretend that Mercedes W220 S600 presidential is faster than a speeding (I suggest the armour plated if this is a worry). But I can tell you personal experience it will see off any large saloon car full of bad

There I was being driven by the motoring correspondent of The Daily when we became aware of a mafia black motor in our view mirror.

“Lose I suggested, and nudged the gear over to the left a couple of to select second. Starman it, there was a thump from the and, before you could say hundred and sixty eight equals five hundred the chase car had disappeared in our wake and our needle was touching 260kph.

In that’s all an S Class speedo show, because the cars are limited to an official 250kph. this 2,135kg 500ps car 800Nm torque would be of at least 290kph. It drags from 0-100kph in just 4.8 Yet it has a back seat big enough to a party, complete with its own TV

Starman’s ball behind the of the S600 ended in the mountains I took over and got the job of checking out its The word ‘incredible’ springs to Possibly even better the smaller, lighter E500, I reckoned set new standards earlier year. And that’s thanks to a new suspension system, fitted to the S600, which lifts it out of the of mere mortal saloons and supercar territory. You find turning into bends at with complete confidence. no slop or wallow. You feel in control, which you never did in the previous S Class Mercs.

But I to say, this was all in the dry. It rain until the next day we got to try an S500 4-Matic, four-wheel-drive. and V6s only and, sadly, it be made with right-hand-drive.)

At first I couldn’t believe the ride. Then I realised someone had set the AirMATIC suspension to Reasoning that in the wet soft is that’s what I switched it to and the quality instantly transformed to

The engine and transmission were limo-like, and almost inaudible we reached the Black Forest I got the hammer down.

Despite 306bhp, this V8 really when you give it some And, though well the performance level of the S600, the 4-Matic is still a seriously car. Especially on long, wet road corners.

I won’t say it like glue. That be exaggerating. But it does turn in, get the down and grip through the so sure-footedly, you find yourself it and the car to limits you’d never dared approach in most cars this side of an EVO

And that’s the point to be made the S500 4-Matic. It’s the quickest real-world luxury car you can get hands on. Sure it would be for dead on any race circuit, perhaps, a wet Nurburgring. But I’d have been in it than in anything on that Black Forest

All too soon we arrived at the lunch and a chance to briefly sample the new CL600.

Mercedes-Benz S 600 L W220

If you take everything I about the performance of the S600, apply it to a beautiful looking, lighter coupe you’ll to get the picture. This car is a lady you want it to be, and an animal when you Find a straight bit of road, tip the box to then floor it and you get thumped in the back. It’s actually than a Ferrari 456. It handles beautifully, looks and makes you feel like a

While presidents may be confined to the seats of S600s, kings get to drive their CL600s.


Two specification improvements are standard the 2003 S Class range: and COMAND.

Pre-Safe is a system can detect when an accident is to occur. Using the car’s (electronic stability program) and BAS assist) sensors, Pre-Safe the front seat belts, the electric sunroof, and repositions the seats to better-protect the occupants in the of an impact. If no accident occurs, the resets itself. It’s the time a significant re-usable system has been fitted to a car.

The system was demonstrated in different accident scenarios: the stop; the oversteer accident; and the accident. Since the seat was to a sleeping position for the last of I closed my eyes to better a real life experience. there was a sudden lurch of the car would have woken the But the seat went upright, the closed and the seatbelt grabbed me so I get flung about at all. If I’m going to be a passenger in an accident, let it happen in a new S Class.

COMAND is the familiar Mercedes Management and Navigation Display Combining a new wide-screen GPS satellite and a revised audio system the option of a television tuner), was previously only standard on the and above. Now it’s standard the range and, combined Pre-Safe, helps to justify the price increases.

Other for 2003 include subtle changes. The headlight lenses are now polycarbonate. The rear lights clear horizontal lines The bumpers and grilles are subtly And the quality of interior trim has upgraded.

Under the bonnets, in addition to the V12, and S500 V8 there is a new 3.7 S350 V6 petrol engine, a powerful 320 straight six diesel, a 400 V8 (left-hand drive only) coming soon, a S55 AMG V8 offering a 500ps from the S600 but 100NM less torque. The and S320 engines continue as

Mercedes-Benz S 600 L W220
Mercedes-Benz S 600 L W220

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