A perfect balance of aesthetics and performance, elegance and power, is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. As a luxury sedan, the S-Class checks off every category—a sleek body, a stunning interior, and an engine that satisfies the adrenaline seeker in all of us.
Over the years, the S-Class has become the flagship sedan of Mercedes-Benz, and for a good reason. Since its introduction to the market in 1972, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the world’s best-selling luxury sedan and has been a pioneer for innovation in the auto industry for decades.
In this post, we’ll discuss how the Mercedes-Benz S-Class evolved into one of the auto industry’s finest luxury vehicles and highlight the incredible power you can find under the hood of the new 2019 model.
German automaker Mercedes-Benz has made automobiles since 1903. Over the decades, the company has created some of the most iconic vehicles in history, including the “Grand Mercedes” of the 1930s and the Mercedes-Benz 220 W 187 of the 1950s. As the company mastered the art of luxury car production, it realized a growing demand for high-performance luxury cars. Thus, the S-Class was born.
Formerly titled, “Sonderklass,” German for “Special Class,” the S-Class was first introduced in the 1970s with the W116. This model delivered numerous safety and detail innovations over the years, including the first anti-lock braking system for a mass-produced car.
In 1980, Mercedes released the 126 series S-Class, which boasted an impressive design optimized for aerodynamics and weight savings. This lightweight yet powerful vehicle set the tone for future S-Class models in terms of performance.
In 1991, the S-Class W 140 hit the market as Mercedes set out to invent the “best car in the world” as it so claimed. With its own long list of innovations in everything from standard safety features to the many interiors and exterior luxuries, “the car of the future” as it was called, set the standard for all luxury vehicles.
The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans are engineering masterpieces. The CLS 450 features a 3.0L V-6 engine and 362 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, with a nine-speed automatic transmission that can reach 60 mph in just over 5.1 seconds.
Other S-Class models such as the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class sedan have other engine options. The S 560 model comes with a 4.0L V8 bi-turbo engine that can produce 463 hp, while the S 650 has a 6.0L V12 bi-turbo engine with well over 600 hp.
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