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Mercedes-Benz S 600 V12 revealed at Detroit Motor Show

 The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is unofficially known as the best car in the world… and the firm has now revealed the model that could make that title official – the new V12-engined, long-wheelbase S 600 range-topper. Boasting a 530hp 6.0-litre biturbo V12, the new S 600 can accelerate from 0-62mph (approx 100kmh) in just 4.6 seconds… but, thanks to ECO stop/start, it can also average over 25mpg, a 21% improvement on the old car. Just as importantly, it also promises an unparalleled luxury car experience. Click on the image above to read more about the new Mercedes-Benz S 600

Mercedes-Benz is extremely proud of its S-Class top-line range; all versions are incredible motor cars. “No other car lives up to the standards so famously set by company founder Gottlieb Daimler,” says the carmaker. So it is only natural that it has gone all-out in engineering a rich, extravagant range-topper. The V6 diesel models may sell best but there’s still a demand for the very best available – which is where a model with twice as many engine cylinders and twice as much engine capacity comes in. According to Mercedes-Benz, it epitomises the very “‘Essence of Luxury’, in a way that no other model can”

The 6.0-litre V12 engine has been enlarged over the 5.5-litre V12 in the old model. This helps it produce a quite breathtaking 612lb ft of pulling power – what’s more, all that torque is produced flat between 1,900-4,000rpm. On paper, it sounds absolutely staggering: we can only imagine how the new S 600 responds to the throttle. It may well be the most luxurious and refined rocket ship the world has yet seen
This is no ordinary engine. In a world of downsizing, big V12 engines are something of a rarity – and it’s as if to celebrate this fact that Mercedes-Benz has gone all out on the development of this motor. Highlights include an all-aluminium crankcase, forged crankshaft and pistons, one-piece chain drive, hollow sodium-filled outlet valves, brand-new ECU and dedicated ignition coil with twin-spark ignition. The firm has even made sure it warms up fast from cold, despite its size, courtesy of a low temperature cooling water circulation system with separate expansion reservoir.

always win through. Sales in these regions explain why Mercedes-Benz has made another key decision with the S 600… When it goes on sale in March 2014, you can expect the vast majority of S 600 sales to be either in China, Asia or the US: this is not a car for Europe. Although 25.4mpg and as little as 259g/km CO2 are good, fuel is so expensive on the continent that the allure of a diesel that does twice as much will

The new S 600 will be offered exclusively in long-wheelbase guise – meaning every one sold will stretch more than 5.2 metres long (and weigh nearly 2.2 tonnes). Chinese buyers in particular prefer to sit in the back rather than the front, meaning that sales of the regular wheelbase version, if it were offered, would be minimal. It’s the range-toper of the S-Class so it makes sense to offer it solely in ‘ultimate’ spec

Mercedes-Benz introduced the first 600 model back in 1963 – this was actually the first Mercedes to use a V8 injection engine. Fast-forward a few decades and the 1991 600 SE was the first series production Mercedes-Benz to boast a V12 engine as standard. Other range-topping S-Class models through the years include the 1967 300 SEL 6.3 and later 450 SEL 6.9, while in recent years the V12 has been given a sporty twist in the S 65 AMG line
To coincide with the launch of the new S 600, Mercedes-Benz has rolled out some new features for the interior of the S-Class: the S 600 gets them, but they will also be offered on other models, including the popular S 350 CDI BlueTEC. They include a new fingertip feature control via a central touchpad – a system so clever, it even recognises handwriting traced by a finger. A new head-up display will also be available. 
  Mercedes-Benz has replaced the current Collision Prevision Assist system with an upgraded Collision Prevention Assist Plus. On top of the current Brake Assist, this will autonomously brake at speeds of up to 124mph (approx. 200kmh) if the driver fails to respond. It will also brake if it detects any stationary vehicles, at speeds of up to 31mph (approx. 50kmh) – and Mercedes-Benz promises it can prevent rear-end collisions at up to 25mph (approx 40kmh). Clever stuff. 

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