14 January 2014 - 11:00
Mercedes S600 is a twin-turbo V12 limo
Mercedes has long been privy to the fact that more is really quite a lot nicer than less, and has applied this long-held TG maxim to the brand new S600. It's bigger, more powerful and features more tech than ever. Tick.
Gone is the old 5.5-litre V12 from the last S600, and in comes an all-singing, all-shouting 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12. The power figures are quite incredible too: that V12 produces 395kW, which is channeled to the rear wheels via the AMG 7G-tronic auto ‘box to give a 0-100km/h time of 4.6 seconds and limited top speed of 250km/h (the S63 does the sprint in 4.4s but will be a little cheaper than this 600).
That engine; there's an all-aluminium crankcase, a forged crankshaft, modified forged pistons and a new ECU, amongst other touches. And then you start rifling through the tech Merc has lavished on the 600. You get (take a deep breath...) an LED intelligent light system, magic body control (that's the ‘chicken advert') with road surface scanning, a driving assistance pack that includes lane assist, blind spot assist, cross-traffic assist and steer control and collision prevention assist (which carries out autonomous braking up to 200km/h). We'd joke at this point that any more tech and it'd drive itself but, as you've read here before, that's not far off either.
You can also option a touchpad to control the head unit (that operates like a smartphone) and a head-up display, and Mercedes will only offer this new S600 in a long-wheelbase model. It'll appear sometime after March. Oh, and if you're concerned, though it gets stop/start as standard for the first time on a 600 (to help it hit Euro 6 emissions standards), Mercedes reckon it'll be a winner in North America and Asia in particular.