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The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.

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V12 biturbo engine to power new Mercedes-Benz S 600

The new Mercedes-Benz S 600 has debuted at the 2014 North American International Motor Show in Detroit, featuring a V12 biturbo engine.
With an output of 537ps, the new unit packs a bigger punch than its predecessor did with 524ps, while the displacement of the engine has increased from 5,513cc to 5,980cc. Maximum torque of 830Nm is available from 1,900rpm. Also, the S 600, for the first time, features the ECO start/stop function as standard, which contributes to the car reaching the Euro 6 emissions standard. The combined fuel consumption stands at 11.1 liters/100km (25.4mpg) – representing a 21% improvement over its predecessor (14.1 liters/100km or 20mpg).
According to Mercedes-Benz, the most important features of the engine include an all-aluminum crankcase; one-piece chain drive; forged crankshaft in high-grade quenched and tempered steel; modified forged pistons; new engine control unit; new dedicated ignition coil with twin-spark ignition; cam follower; two intake and one outlet valves (three-valve technology); hollow-stem outlet valves, filled with sodium; and low-temperature cooling-water circulation with separate expansion reservoir.
“The S-Class has always been the embodiment of our claim to deliver the very best in terms of both technology and design,” said Ola Källenius, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Mercedes-Benz, before describing the S 600 as the company’s flagship model. “Our customers in North America and Asia in particular will enjoy this new top model with its exciting V12 engine.”

15 January 2014


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