S-Class Luxury Car Promises V-8 Performance, Compact Economy
Mercedes-Benz promises V-8 performance with the fuel economy of a compact car from the new S 500 Plug-In Hybrid. “The first certified three-liter luxury saloon in the world,” the manufacturer says, “is a further milestone on the road to emission-free mobility.” All-electric range is about 20 miles, or 33 kilometers.
“There is a highly interesting parallel with our successful Formula 1 racing car, which likewise has a turbocharged V-6 engine and a high-tech hybrid drive,” says Daimler’s Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the board responsible for group research and Mercedes-Benz cars development, said in a release.
The S 500 Plug-In Hybrid has a 3.0-liter V-6 bi-turbo engine coupled with an 85-kilowatt motor providing system output is 325 kilowatts, or about 436 horsepower. Acceleration is zero to 100 kph in 5.2 seconds. Top speed is 250 kph – 155 miles per hour.
Driver Can Manage the ‘Hybrid Interplay’ Manually
The vehicle “automatically selects the ideal combination of internal combustion engine and electric motor and in so doing not only adapts its strategy according to the charge status of the battery; it also foresightedly adjusts it according to the traffic or route,” Mercedes says.
“But anyone wanting to can also intervene manually and with the aid of four operating modes and three transmission modes regulate the hybrid interplay themselves.”
The S 500 Plug-In Hybrid has an 8.7 kilowatt-hour, high-voltage, water-cooled lithium ion energy storage unit weighing of 114 kilograms – 251 pounds.
Certified fuel consumption of the S 500 Plug-In Hybrid is 2.8 liters of gasoline per hundred kilometers, or about 84 miles per gallon, Mercedes says. The car boasts a second-generation recuperative braking system that “ensures an unnoticeable overlapping of the conventional mechanical brakes and the electric braking performance of the electric motor in generator mode.”
The stated price of the Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-In Hybrid, including V.A.T., is 108,944.50 euros – about $137,500 U.S.
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Source: Mercedes-Benz with Fleets & Fuels follow-up