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Mercedes S 500 in the test: Downsizing in the luxury class

Beate Jeske
Mercedes S 500 in the test
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R on to the motorway slip road, brake long right, Hit the ideal line, hit the gas, use the acceleration lane. On the free autobahn, stay on the gas - and after a few seconds get stuck in the speed limiter. No, this is not a sports car test, but describes an incident in the course of testing a Mercedes S 500.

Mercedes S 500 with 4.7 liter V8 direct injection

As part of the CO2 reduction, the large Mercedes S 500 sedan got a 4.7-liter V8 direct injection engine instead of the previous 5.5-liter naturally aspirated engine, whose two turbochargers with 0.9 bar boost pressure each consoled the displacement deficit. 435 hp and 700 Newton meters (from 1,800 rpm) make an impressive plea for downsizing. The new Mercedes S 500 pushes just as powerful as it is cultivated in the test from idle, allowing the passengers to sound out the excellent upholstery of perhaps the most comfortable car seats in the world by means of inertia.

The Mercedes S 500 can even make a sound: Despite the noise-dampening turbos, there is still enough dark rumbling smuggled to the ear, and sensitive people can also catch a subtle whistle. Great. And the V8 biturbo of the Mercedes S 500 is also more economical - thanks to an eco program that imposes very economical shift points on the seven-speed automatic and automatically switches off the engine when it is stationary and then starts it again barely noticeably.

Transmission with less converter slip

The optimized transmission of the Mercedes S 500 allows less converter slip and, thanks to special vibration absorbers, lower speeds without disturbing vibrations. So that nothing disturbs the smooth progress. At least since Daimler gave the S-Class direct steering with its differently toothed steering rods, the two-tonne truck even circles corners with upper-class, appropriate dynamics. The Mercedes S-Class has always been able to drive in a straight line, but it has always been floating on air springs and adaptive dampers. Ergo: five stars, what else?

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