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Mercedes S600L

Mercedes S600L

Mercedes S600L

Year (of specifications) 1999 - 2005
Engine 5513 cc V12
Transmission -
Max speed 155 mph
0-60 4.8 seconds
Horsepower 493 bhp @ 5000 rpm
weight 2135 kgs

The 9th Generation of the Mercedes S-Class (the first generation began in 1955) was intorduced in late 1999.

The chassis code for the new car was 'W220'. The W220 S-Class was completely redesigned, with a body that was slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor. Despite the smaller dimensions, the new S-Class offered greater interior space for the occupants. The 1999 Mercedes-Benz S-Class incorporated the new styling cues first introduced on the A-Class the previous year.

The 1999 - 2005 S-Class featured numerous innovations including Airmatic air suspension and Active Ventilated Seats (which used miniature fans in the seats to move air through perforations). A navigation system with center console-mounted screen display was introduced, along with the COMAND input control system. Other options included keyless entry and ignition, a radar-controlled Distronic cruise control system and a cylinder shut-off system called Active Cylinder Control. The 4MATIC all wheel drive system was introduced to the North America market S-Class for 2002.

In 2003, the S-Class received an exterior refresh with updates to the front fascia. The grille angle was adjusted to a slightly more upright position, and the xenon-discharge lheadamps were given a new transparent housing, replacing the earlier opaque versions. The front bumper's lower air intakes were also restyled. In 2005, the S-Class was the first vehicle to receive a TÜV Institute environmental certificate from the German Commission on Technical Compliance for environmentally friendly components.

While other engine options were available, ranging from a 225 horsepower V6 up to a 6.0 litre 604 hp V12, the Mercedes S600L was powered by a 5.5 litre, 493 horsepower, twin-turbo V12.

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