The Mercedes-Benz W220 was a series of flagship sedans which constituted the Mercedes-Benz S-Class during the early-to-mid 2000's. The W220 (and similar W215 CL-Class coupés) started production in 2000. The W220 was a replacement for the earlier W140 S-Class after the 1999 model year. Compared to its predecessor, the W220 had somewhat smaller exterior dimensions but offered more interior space, particularly in the long wheelbase versions (although the boot is smaller than on its W140 predecessor). Production of the W220 totalled 485,000 units, slightly more than the production totals from the W140. Production ended in 2006 when the W220 and W215 were replaced by the W221 S-Class and the W216 CL-Class.
In many European countries, the diesel S320 CDI version became the most popular model, making it the first S-Class in which a diesel engine achieved broad appeal.
The W220 was not the first model to feature the company's new design theme for the next generation of Mercedes-Benz. This honor was given to the A-Class launched in 1997. Nevertheless, the W220 demonstrated a significantly different stylistic mindset, with both exterior lines and an interior design that express elegance and modernity. This can be seen as a response to criticism on its W140 predecessor, which was sometimes labelled as too big and too heavy.
Despite being smaller, the new car was roomier inside while the dashboard carried over the new styling details first seen in the Mk I A-Class the year before.
A facelifted version of the S-Class was introduced in 2003, offering a more aerodynamic front-end and redesigned tailights, though the exterior style remained largely analogous to the previous W220 models. Although the facelift only made minor changes to the exterior, it addressed several of the issues in the COMAND system and other interior features. Exterior updates included a more upright grille angle, new transparent housing for the headlamps (replacing the earlier opaque versions), and restyled lower air intakes on the front bumper.
The W220 was available with more engine options than the W126 or W140. The range started with a smaller 2.8L 197 hp (147 kW) V6 motor, although this model was not imported in all countries, notably in North America. Very popular was the 3.2L 224 hp (167 kW) V6, which was superseded by an enlarged 3.7L 245 hp (183 kW) V6 in the S350.
The S430 was powered by a 4.3L 279 hp (208 kW) V8 and the S500 was powered by a 5.0L 306 hp (228 kW) V8. The S430 also had a shortened wheelbase variant, which was the entry-level S-Class model offered in North America.
The S55 AMG ('01-'02) was outfitted with a 5.4L 354 hp (264 kW) V8 motor while the later versions ('03-'06) sported the same motor, but supercharged to a rated 493 hp (368 kW). The S600 ('01-'02) was outfitted with a 5.8L 362 hp (270 kW) V12 engine while the later versions ('03-'06) sported a twin-turbocharged (or Bi-turbo) 493 hp (368 kW) 5.5L V12. The justification for having two models with the same power (S600 and S55 AMG) is that the S55 AMG is sportier and more responsive, while the S600 is more luxurious with a smoother ride.
For one month in 2001, AMG produced an S63 AMG, which was sold in very limited numbers. The S63 was powered by a 6.3L 444 hp (331 kW) V12. An undisclosed number of the cars were sold exclusively through AMG in European and Asian markets.
The S65 AMG was introduced in 2005. Powered by a Bi-turbo 6.0L 612 hp (456 kW) V12 motor, the S65 was the most powerful S-Class, as well as the world's most powerful five-seat sedan with a staggering output of 604 hp (450 kW) and 738 ft·lbf (1,001 N·m) of torque.
The aim of the Guard models from Mercedes-Benz is to protect the occupants
from violent criminal acts. Neither is it only government ministers and top
managers who are under threat nowadays, as drivers in many regions of the
world do not feel safe from acts of violence. Mercedes-Benz has the answer
to violent attack with its armoured Guard models from the S, E and G-Class.
The flagship of the Mercedes-Benz Guard portfolio is the S 600 Pullman
Guard, a prestigious state limousine with an opulently spacious and
luxurious interior. Depending on the customer's requirements, the Guard
models are resistant to handgun and rifle fire, and also certain
explosives, while offering their occupants outstanding comfort and
The Mercedes-Benz S 600 Guard is the armoured, special protection version
of the long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz S 600. The generous spaciousness
of this flagship model, which offers all its occupants a first-class
ambience, outstanding ride comfort and superior driving characteristics, is
almost fully retained in the Guard version. Naturally the S 600 Guard is
also equipped with the technical innovations that have made the
Mercedes-Benz S-Class the benchmark for the entire field of car
development, and the world's best-selling luxury saloon. The S 600 Guard is
powered by a twelve-cylinder biturbo
engine developing 380 kW (517 hp). It provides highest protection to level
Mercedes-Benz S 600 Pullman Guard
The S 600 Pullman Guard continues the tradition of Mercedes-Benz state
limousines, and treats it occupants to generous spaciousness and
outstanding comfort. This interior spaciousness is ensured by a further,
115-centimetre increase in the wheelbase compared to the long-wheelbase
version of the S Class with special protection, to 4315 millimetres. The
state limousine also has a raised roof section at the rear for even easier
access and more headroom. Four passengers can be seated behind a partition
in the rear, on comfortable, opposing seats in line with Pullman tradition.
This allows plenty of space for confidential discussions. All the important
communication and entertainment functions are on board as well. The Pullman
is likewise powered by the silky-smooth twelve-cylinder biturbo engine with a cubic capacity of 5513 cc,
which develops 380 kW (517 hp) and an impressive torque of 830 Nm. The S
600 Pullman Guard has highest protection to level VR6/VR7.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Guard models are available in three engine variants.
The six-cylinder diesel unit in the E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Guard develops
195 kW (265 hp) and 620 newton metres of torque. The V6 petrol engine in
the E 350 Guard has an output of 200 kW (272 hp). The most powerful variant
is the 5.5-litre V8 in the E 500 Guard, which develops 285 kW (388 hp).
Because of the run-flat tyres which are standard for all E-Guard models,
their top speed is limited to 240 km/h.
All E-Guard models have high protection to level VR4. Their occupants enjoy
the same generous spaciousness and high ride comfort as in the standard
Mercedes-Benz G 500 Guard
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is also available in a special-protection
version. The G 500 Guard is equipped with a 5.5-litre V8 engine and highest
protection to VR6 or VR7. The history of Guard vehicles: Mercedes passenger
cars with special-protection features
Year Model series Model designation
1928 -- 1939 W 08 Nürburg 460, Nürburg 500, model 500
1930 -- 1938 W 07 "Grand Mercedes" model 770
1938 -- 1943 W 150 "Grand Mercedes" model 770
1942 - 1943 W 29 540 K
1965 -- 1981 W 100 600, 600 Pullman
1971 -- 1972 W 108 280 SEL 3.5
1973 -- 1980 W/V 116 350 SE/SEL, 450 SE/SEL
1979 -- 1992 G 460 280 GE
1981 -- 1992 W/V126 380 SE/SEL, 420 SE/SEL, 500 SE/SEL, 560 SEL
1992 -- 2000 V 140 500 SEL/S 500 long-wheelbase, 600 SEL/
S 600 long-wheelbase
1995 -- 1999 VV 140 S 600 Pullman
1996 -- 2002 W 210 E 420 (VR6), E 430 (VR6)
1997 -- 2002 W 210 E 320 (VR4), E 430 (VR4)
2000 -- 2006 V 220 S 500 long-wheelbase (VR4), S 600 long-
2000 -- 2006 V 220 S 500 long-wheelbase (VR6/V7), S 600 long-
2004 -- 2006 VV 220 S 500 Pullman (VR6/VR7)
2002 -- 2009 W 211 E 320 (VR4), E 350 (VR4), E 500 (VR4),
E 320 CDI (VR4)
2006 -- 2010 V 221 S 420 CDI (VR6/VR7)
Since 1999 G463 G 500 (VR6 and VR7)
Since 2006 V 221 S 600 (VR6/VR7)
Since 2008 VV 221 S 600 Pullman (VR6/VR7)
Since 2009 W 212 E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY (VR4), E 350 (VR4),
E 500 (VR4)
Mercedes S600 TwinTurbo V12 Testdrive and Review (German)
May we acquaint you with "Moby Dick", our V222 S600 test ride for the
weekend? The 6 litre V12 is the biggest non-AMG engine you can order for
the S-Class. But of course it secretly IS an AMG engine - handcrafted!
We put it to the test at high speed on the German Autobahn.
And of course we were also cruising through the cities and villages of our
German home to catch some attention ;-) You will hear the tremendous Exhaust sound and learn about the vast
range of special options this 187,000 Euro "cashmere white magno" flagship
has to offer.
Now we just hope you'll have a littlebit as much fun watching this video as
we had producing it! :-) Enjoy - and don't forget to subscribe!
(We will add english subtitles over the next couple of days)
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► Mercedes Future Truck 2025 (Autonomous Driving Demo)
The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 constitutes a revolution in
efficiency, safety and networking, a revolution for road traffic and its
infrastructure, for professional driving and for the road transport sector.
This is not a new truck, but rather the key element in the interconnected
transport system of the future. It is being developed as part of the
"Shaping Future Transportation" initiative by Daimler Trucks to conserve
resources and reduce emissions of all kinds. Other aims are to ensure the
highest possible level of traffic safety and to Boost networking with intelligent data
management considerably for tailor-made vehicle and service solutions.
The prototype demonstrated the exciting capabilities of the
Future Truck 2025 back in the summer at speeds of up to 80 km/h in
realistic traffic situations on a section of the A14 motorway in Magdeburg,
Germany. Now the thrilling exterior and interior of that same vehicle are
One of the most interesting questions on the subject of autonomous driving
is the time horizon envisaged for its realisation. In purely technical
terms, turning it into reality on the roads is already feasible within
around five years. In terms of passenger car development cycles, a possible
start is envisaged in 2020. Owing to the more complex factors for heavy
commercial vehicles, the time horizon for such vehicles will, however, be
rather longer – realistically implementation is possible within ten
years, also in view of the legal considerations that still remain to be
The introduction of autonomous driving will not happen digitally from one
day to the next, as development is progressing in a gradual manner:
evolutionary stages are necessary to revolutionise goods haulage on the
roads. In the coming years, new and improved assistance systems will
continue to pave the clearly set-out way to autonomous driving.
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