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 Very popular was the 3.2L 224 hp (167 kW) V6, which was superseded by an enlarged 3.7L 245 hp (183 kW) V6 in the S350.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.
Mercedes-Benz S-Guard Commercial
The official commercial for the armored version of the Mercedes-Benz
S-Class (German: S-Klasse) - The S-Guard. Quality made in Stuttgart,
Germany. It's a masterpiece of German engineering and probably the world's
safest sedan. In my opinion it's the most beautiful car in the world, too.
3 types of this car are offered:
-The "S 600 Guard": Powerd by a 6.0-V12-twin-turbo engine with 380kW (USA: 510hp; D: 512PS).
-The "S 450 CDI Guard" is powerd by a 4.5-V8-Dieselengine.
-The "S 600 Pullman Guard" is a streched version for heads of states. The
ceiling is heightened and the wheel base is 1,25 Meters (1.36 Yards) longer
compared to the normal S-Class.
It's available in different classes of resistance: B1 (caliber .22 LR) to
B7 (caliber .308 Winchester, full metal jacket)
The only disadvantage: It costs about 385 000€ (~525 000$)
See this report: http://www.spiegel.de/auto/aktuell/0,1518,441506,00.html
Mercedes-Benz Guard - The world of finest protection.
I don't own any rights of the video. They belong to Daimler AG, Germany.
Name of the song is: Bobblin Remix by DJ Riggy
Our Test Drive of the New Mercedes-Benz C-Class W205 (German)
A first test drive with the Mercedes C 250 (W205) in Marseille, France.
With special guest appearances:
Prof. Gorden Wagener (Vice President Design, Daimler AG)
MC Winkel (whudat.de)
Axel Griesinger (bigblogg.de)
Fabian Mechtel (autorevue.at)
Special thanks to Dirk Weyhenmeyer
Music by Christian Petermann, Alexander Röder and Tilman Sillescu,
licensed through ProudMusicLibrary.com
Mercedes Commercial: Inner Child (Director's Cut) - Long Version
Produced by Hack|Stone Film Group for Mercedes-Benz of Hagerstown/Younger
Motor Cars. The spot features the new E63 AMG which was a beast!
Written/Directed by Daniel Hack and lensed by Jamie Nabers. Filming,
Editorial, Sound Design, Scoring and Coloring by Hack|Stone Film Group.
Starring Lliam Harbert, Michael Alban and Justin Harbert.