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    • Official - This is the 2014 W222 Mercedes-Benz S600 - Pictures, specifications, and press release

      As expected, Mercedes-Benz debuts the new S600 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The specifications leaked early a few days ago so no surprises here. Horsepower is rated at 523 from the 6.0 liter M279 V12 and the peak torque of 612 pound-feet is available as early as 1900 rpm. This is not a car that will be hurting for torque down low and will have absolutely no trouble moving five people and a full trunk smoothly.

      Interestingly Mercedes does not mention the 7G-Tronic plus transmission or that the motor is built by AMG in the press release. They do mention the displacement is at 6.0 liters versus 5.5 for the previous generation W221 S-Class but they simply cleverly omitted that the S65 and S600 no longer have internal engine differences. Easy for enthusiasts to catch, difficult for the older buyer who likely will not be browsing Mercedes tuning forums.

      Press Release and photos below.





















      New top model from Mercedes-Benz

      January 13, 2014
      No other car lives up to the legendary standards of company founder Gottlieb Daimler quite as comprehensively as the top model from Mercedes‑Benz. The S600 with V12 biturbo engine is the top model of the successfully launched S-Class and is available exclusively with a long wheelbase and a luxurious equipment package. Its performance data: 523 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. The S600 will celebrate its world premiere at the Detroit Auto Show and will be launched in the spring of 2014. But the S-Class will also get even better in other ways: The models in the current range will be upgraded with the addition of a head-up display, touchpad and COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS.

      "The S-Class has always been the embodiment of our claim to deliver the very best in terms of both technology and design", emphasised Ola Källenius, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars. "And our flagship model, the S600, epitomises the focus of our development work, the 'Essence of Luxury', in a way that no other model can. Our customers in North America and Asia in particular will enjoy this new top model with its exciting V12 engine."

      With a power output of 523 hp, the V12 biturbo engine in the S600 packs a bigger punch than its predecessor with 510 hp. The displacement of the engine has increased from 5.5L to 6.0L. The maximum torque of 612 lb-ft is available from 1,900 rpm. The S600 now for the first time features the ECO start/stop function as standard.

      The most important features of the engine at a glance:


      • 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
      • Low-temperature cooling-water circulation with separate expansion reservoir.

      The comprehensive standard specification of the S600 reinforces its role as a flagship model. MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension with ROAD SURFACE SCAN and the Driving Assistance Package, for example, all come as standard. The latter comprises Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering ASsist, PRE-SAFE® Brake with Pedestrian Recognition and PRE-SAFE® PLUS.

      Legendary top-of-the-range engine

      The figure "600" has long been a legend in the history of the automobile:
      the model 600 (W 100) launched in 1963 was the first passenger car from Mercedes-Benz to feature a V8 injection engine. This same powerful (250 hp) and refined engine was also used from 1967 on in the W 109 model series (in the top-of-the-range 300 SEL 6.3). Further top models to feature a V8 engine included the 450 SEL 6.9 from the model series 116 (286 hp) and the 560 SE in the 126 series (300 hp in the ECE version). The 600 SE model in the 140 model series of 1991 marked the introduction of the first twelve-cylinder engine as standard in a Mercedes-Benz passenger car. The M 120 delivered 408 hp from a displacement of 6 liters and began a tradition of V12 units as the top-of-the-range engines in the S-Class. Since the 220 series, Mercedes-Benz has also offered particularly sporty, AMG-optimized variants with V8 and V12 engines at the top of its S‑Class range, in the form of the S63 AMG and S65 AMG.


      Additional features in the new S-Class

      All the functions of the head unit can be controlled at the touch of a finger, as with a smartphone, from the new touchpad. In addition, the touchpad allows letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting - in any language that is available on the head unit. The touchpad thus offers an additional, full-function input option over and above the existing Voice Control System.

      A head-up display is also standard equipment on the S600. As in a jet fighter, it displays important information directly in the driver's field of view on the windshield, ensuring that the driver's attention is distracted less from the road ahead. The system provides information on speed, speed limits and navigation instructions, for example.

      COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS is now standard on the model year 2015 S-Class. In addition to the adaptive Brake Assist system, which helps protect against collisions at speeds of over 4 mph, this system now also features another function: if the danger of collision persists and the driver fails to respond, the system is able to brake autonomously at speeds of up to 124 mph, thus reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. The system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 31 mph, and can prevent rear-end collisions at up to 25 mph.

      A clear windshield even at sub-zero temperatures without the hassle of scraping is now possible thanks to electric windshield heating (optional extra). This is designed to work in conjunction with the air-conditioning blower and ensures clear forward visibility in practically no time at all.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: Official - This is the 2014 W222 Mercedes-Benz S600 - Pictures, specifications, and press release started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 10 Comments
      1. dcmetro's Avatar
        dcmetro -
        I'm pretty Sure that's just a detuned version of the AMG M279... that engine is old and those big V12 won't sell well, that's just a symbolic matter, "To be a Make with V12 engines"

        It seems Mercedes doesn't want to elaborate a Brand New 48 valve direct injected V12... Too bad...

        In fact the M157 is so powerful and easily tunable, V12's can't compete with it. Power addicts will buy mostly M157 AMG cars.

        Some Japanese CEO or Russian dude will style buy a few S600 but the V12 is on the edge of extinction IMO
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dcmetro Click here to enlarge
        I'm pretty Sure that's just a detuned version of the AMG M279... that engine is old and those big V12 won't sell well, that's just a symbolic matter, "To be a Make with V12 engines"
        I know: http://www.benzboost.com/content.php...c-transmission

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dcmetro Click here to enlarge
        In fact the M157 is so powerful and easily tunable, V12's can't compete with it. Power addicts will buy mostly M157 AMG cars.
        I agree strongly the M157 is the better chocie.
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        Don't be so quick to dismiss the M275 here....first off, these numbers are wayyyyyy low, the real numbers for this engine are closer to 600/700 than 531/612. Second, the torque curve is flat and starts early. The V12 is simply effortless power. Finally, Speedriven can easily take these to almost 4 digit power with just bolt-ons, something the M275 can't do yet. And if you're willing to swap in the bigger turbos, they are saying 1200 hp at the crank should be no problem. M157 will not get to that level without being fully built. Also..the sound is something else. These are big, heavy boat anchors, but they create power like nobody's business. Not to mention the 600 comes with almost every optimal extra standard, and will have an even nicer interior than it is even possible to get on the 63. Almost every single person who has ever driven a V12 can vouch for this...it's just different. It's hard to put in words.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leveraged sellout Click here to enlarge
        Don't be so quick to dismiss the M275 here....first off, these numbers are wayyyyyy low, the real numbers for this engine are closer to 600/700 than 531/612. Second, the torque curve is flat and starts early. The V12 is simply effortless power. Finally, Speedriven can easily take these to almost 4 digit power with just bolt-ons, something the M275 can't do yet. And if you're willing to swap in the bigger turbos, they are saying 1200 hp at the crank should be no problem. M157 will not get to that level without being fully built. Also..the sound is something else. These are big, heavy boat anchors, but they create power like nobody's business. Not to mention the 600 comes with almost every optimal extra standard, and will have an even nicer interior than it is even possible to get on the 63. Almost every single person who has ever driven a V12 can vouch for this...it's just different. It's hard to put in words.
        You meant to type M157 and M279 but yes.

        The M275/M279 torque curve falls off pretty hard. The motor doesn't rev and is an old SOHC design. The M157 is much lighter and revs higher.

        The V12 is a torque monster but that's about it.
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        You meant to type M157 and M279 but yes.

        The M275/M279 torque curve falls off pretty hard. The motor doesn't rev and is an old SOHC design. The M157 is much lighter and revs higher.

        The V12 is a torque monster but that's about it.
        yeah not sure why I typed M275 a second time...or used that number at all. I momentarily forgot that they "upgraded" the V12. It is an old design, but with even moderate mods it is capable of huge power, more than anybody can get out of the the M157 currently. I was hoping we'd see 1000 crank hp from the 157 before the end of 2013, but it looks like we will hopefully be seeing that very soon anyway. I really want to see the weights of the S63 vs the S65...that should be interesting.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leveraged sellout Click here to enlarge
        more than anybody can get out of the the M157 currently
        Only due to time on the market. Frankly, for the amount of time the V12 has been around it hasn't shown as much as it should have by now.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leveraged sellout Click here to enlarge
        I was hoping we'd see 1000 crank hp from the 157 before the end of 2013, but it looks like we will hopefully be seeing that very soon anyway
        I'm wondering at what point fuel becomes a restriction on the M157.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leveraged sellout Click here to enlarge
        I really want to see the weights of the S63 vs the S65...that should be interesting.
        I believe I posted the SL65 versus SL63 weights. The 63's are about 200 pounds lighter. I would opt for the 63 every time. The main the V12's have going for them is they are CHEAP now.
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I believe I posted the SL65 versus SL63 weights. The 63's are about 200 pounds lighter. I would opt for the 63 every time. The main the V12's have going for them is they are CHEAP now.
        Well yeah but you have to remember that the S65 is RWD only, whereas over here the S63 is AWD only. The 4Matic system in that car weights about 170 pounds, so there is a chance that at least in the US, the 65 might weigh the same or less. That would be interesting. Also, getting the better suspension on the 65 is a nice plus.
      1. leveraged sellout's Avatar
        leveraged sellout -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Only due to time on the market. Frankly, for the amount of time the V12 has been around it hasn't shown as much as it should have by now.

        I would agree with that. I think part of it is due to the fact that the people who bought them originally were not really too interested in mods, and honestly they didn't need to be, they were fast as f*ck from the factory. I wish more companies were working on them. AMS was going to, then they gave up and sold the S65 they were going to work with. That was sad.

        I'm wondering at what point fuel becomes a restriction on the M157.
        Yeah I don't know, doesn't seem like it's been hit yet. So far neither Weistec or AMS has said much about that. AMS seems to be working on a bunch of supporting mods that should push a car on 100 octane at least to the 1000 hp mark, or maybe more. I would imagine that more boost over what the turbo upgrades offer though would start to get risky.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by leveraged sellout Click here to enlarge
        Well yeah but you have to remember that the S65 is RWD only, whereas over here the S63 is AWD only. The 4Matic system in that car weights about 170 pounds, so there is a chance that at least in the US, the 65 might weigh the same or less. That would be interesting. Also, getting the better suspension on the 65 is a nice plus.
        Very good point about the 4Matic.