Mercedes-Benz S-Class S350 d BlueTEC Review
Extreme opulence

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
3 Jan 2014
 

Introduction

When Mercedes-Benz launches a new S-Class, the world’s automotive press and competitors props themselves up and listens. That’s because whenever Stuttgart unveils their flagship, a slew of new and innovative technologies are introduced along with it.

Luxury, safety and technology have long been associated with the S-Class and continue to be the pillars on which it is based.

There are more S-Class models in service with governments around the world today than any other model from other manufacturers. Quite often it can be seen travelling snugly in the buxom of a heavily armed government convoy ferrying someone important.

So popular is the model among diplomats that the factory even offers a special S-Guard version. It features bulletproof panels that can withstand military grade small arms fire and certain explosives. This special armoured version is in service with over ninety governments around the world, including our own.  


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Engine

Engine Capacity 2987cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 6
Compression Ratio 15.5:1
Power 258bhp @ 3600rpm
Torque 620Nm @ 1600rpm
Power to Weight 132 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 6.8s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 16.7 km/L
Drag Coefficient 0.240

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(5116 x 1899 x 1496) mm
Wheelbase 3165 mm
Turning Circle 12.3 metres
Kerb Weight 1955 kg
Boot Capacity 510 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L

Brakes

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