If it ain't broke...
Mercedes-Benz S-Class S300 L Review

Story by John Toh Photos by Raymond Lai
8 Feb 2010
 

We kick off our luxury limo special this week with the updated version of the towkay's favourite.

... don't fix it

You know what they say about things that are ain't broke - don't fix ‘em. It's been four years now and there isn't quite a need for a major change or rectification. What's there not to like about the S-Class? Outside, its presence is unmistakable.

On the inside, it offers copious cabin space adorned with luxurious trimmings. These are the hallmarks of a luxury sedan. And it's no wonder why it's the choice of anyone from luxury car fleets to towkays to corporate leaders to governmental sorts. The Three-pointed Star flagship limo needs little introduction - unless you've been living under a rock.

So what's this "new" introduction all about then? Well, you see, car designs - just like humans - age (some better than others). And the consuming public like us will get tired of designs that have stuck around for a while. We are, after all, hedonistic creatures.

And what harm can it do to manufacturers to keep their cars updated with a few dashes of ingenuity without having to go through millions of development dollars (not to mention running the risk of creating a new model that would take time to palate).

 

 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 2996cc
Engine Type V 6
Compression Ratio 10.7:1
Bore x Stroke (88.0 x 82.1)mm
Power 231bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 300Nm @ 5000rpm
Power to Weight 122.9 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 8.2s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 245 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.1 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed Auto
Drive Type F4

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(5209 x 1872 x 1473) mm
Wheelbase 3165 mm
Turning Circle 6.1 metres
Kerb Weight 1880 kg
Boot Capacity 560 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 90 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs