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On Top Of The Auto Food Chain : New S-Class Benz  
User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4389 times:

So what do you think ?







Not bad except for the absence of lateral rubber strips, the rear looks like a Maybach  Smile
The interior reminds me of the 7-series and the iDrive thingy.

UTA  checkeredflag 


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User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4124 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4379 times:

The front looks hot! The back will take some getting used to. All in all, I like it! I hope what's under the hood is nice too.


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4374 times:

Is that this week's new Merc ? I swear, even down here where every third car is a Mercedes, you never see two Merc's that look the same (except taxis) - do they revamp their entire product line every month ? Seriously, they must have an awful brand image problem, if it is impossible to clearly distinguish their products. I think a little product line simplification might be in order.

User currently offlineAR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1740 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4371 times:

I like it.Mercedes are the best cars IMO, but,how the hell do you use that shift stick??where do you grab it from??
And doesn't the back part reminds you of a VW Passat??

Mike



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User currently offlineMEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4365 times:

Quoting Mdsh00 (Reply 1):
The front looks hot! The back will take some getting used to. All in all, I like it! I hope what's under the hood is nice too.

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, available from Mercedes-Benz outlets and authorized dealerships in autumn 2005, will cost EUR 70,760 (ex-works) for the S 350 with V6 petrol engine (200 kW/272 hp), and EUR 89,668 (ex-works) for the S 500 V8 model (285 kW/388 hp). From Quarter 1, 2006, Mercedes-Benz will launch the S 320 CDI (173 kW/235 hp) as the perfect, albeit less powerful addition to the new S-Class. The new twelve-cylinder S 600 Saloon will also be launched in 2006.

Taken from http://www.germancarfans.com/news.cfm/newsid/2050625.001

MEA310



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User currently offlineMEA310 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2002, 660 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4360 times:

Quoting AR1300 (Reply 3):
how the hell do you use that shift stick??where do you grab it from??

It's very similar to that of the BMW 7-series, if not the same. The gear selector is located behind the steering wheel on the right hand side, it's visible in the 3rd photo, something black popping out behind the wheel.

Quoting UTA_flyinghigh (Thread starter):
The interior reminds me of the 7-series and the iDrive thingy.

Totally agree, I thought Benz would stay away from this system, it makes the console looks really cheap with the absence of keys and switches.

MEA310



M5 Fastest Sedan On Earth
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4351 times:

I'm sure it will be a marvellous car - now MB just need to do something about their increasingly poor build quality and their appallingly bad dealer network (in the UK).

sadly the build quality has taken the shine off the 3-pointed star of late....



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39706 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 4299 times:

Looks cheap!  vomit 

A car in that price range should have 'distinctive' styling.
Look at the Jaguar Vanden Plas,

Jaguar XJ-Series Vanden Plas



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Zil 41041



Toyota Century



That Mercedes S-class looks like a bloated Chevy Lumina or Ford 500.



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User currently offlineDucatiRacer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4290 times:
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I wonder if MB hired a designer away from Nissan? The flanks of the car, particularly the fender flares, look to be straight off a Pathfinder.

The front is acceptable given its traditional appearance, but the rest of the exterior looks WAY downmarket. The interior does appear to be a 7-series rip-off (and even as a BMW lover, I will say that is NOT a good thing IMO).


User currently offlineTriStarEnvy From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2265 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4281 times:

Why couldn't they take a chance and "go retro"...

Bring back the Adenauer!




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User currently offlineConcord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 26
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4279 times:

I love it. It is a step forward and still retains the 'smooth look' instead of BMW's new origami approach.

I have an S500 now, and am likely to consider a new one after seeing these pics!



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39706 posts, RR: 75
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4277 times:

Concord977:
Are you the guy who has a SL 450?
Those are my favorite Mercedes. My aunt had a SL 560 (same car, bigger engine).



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User currently offlineConcord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 26
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4274 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
Concord977:
Are you the guy who has a SL 450?
Those are my favorite Mercedes. My aunt had a SL 560 (same car, bigger engine).

I have an SL380 convertible and an S500 Sedan with the long wheel base, as well as a few other goodies.  Smile



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39706 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4265 times:

Concord977:
Oh yes, the SL 380 was around in the early 1980s. Those look coolest with the body color wheel covers. I like them in brown, pea soup green or puke yellow.  Cool

When of if that 3.8 engine goes out, see if you could drop in the 6.9 liter V8.  bigthumbsup 
It would totally fit and you'd have a ballsy roadster.



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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3080 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4245 times:

The rear end reminds me of a Hyundai Elantra...and the interior reminds me of the BMWs.

Seems to me the Germans have a contract with the Koreans Big grin

Im sure it will be a fine automobile though..


Chris



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3701 posts, RR: 28
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4236 times:

As an S500 driver until a few weeks ago I really like the exterior styling, although not so keen on what appears to be the iDrive and 7 Series inspired interior. I preferred the interior of the facelifted S Class that was brought out a couple of years ago.


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User currently offline7FTwinOtter From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 172 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4208 times:

The way the boot protrudes out from behind the rear lights reminds me of a six series.

User currently offlineGofly From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 1727 posts, RR: 38
Reply 17, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4183 times:
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Oh no!

They were doing so well until they got to the back.....

The current one looks much better IMHO.

-Gofly



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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4176 times:

YUCK! I can't stand what they've done around the wheel area. When did fenders come back in? It looks like a cheap Japanese knock-off. They basically stole the interior from the BMW 7 series, note the navigator joystick for the GPS/ClimateControl/CD/Radio.

UAL


User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4165 times:

Is it just me or does Mercedes make the absolute most boring looking cars? especially for the price range they shoot for.

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39706 posts, RR: 75
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4164 times:

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 19):
Is it just me or does Mercedes make the absolute most boring looking cars? especially for the price range they shoot for.

No it's not just you. I was saying the same thing.
The Germans need to borrow styling cues from the French, British and of course the U.S.A. if they want to make a car that looks good too.



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User currently offlineConcord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4161 times:

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 19):
Is it just me or does Mercedes make the absolute most boring looking cars? especially for the price range they shoot for.

I think their strategy is a little different than the competition. They introduce a model - and stay with it for 6-8 years, making only minor improvements along the way.

Some brands make more radical changes to their designs and they end up looking trendy. The problem with trends is that they tend to die very quickly.

Case in point: Cadillac. This whole knife-edge thing they're doing right now is not going to last. It's a little too hip to have any staying power.



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User currently offlineKiwiNanday From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4156 times:

Quoting Concord977 (Reply 21):

Case in point: Cadillac. This whole knife-edge thing they're doing right now is not going to last. It's a little too hip to have any staying power.

I love that look, and I'm already wishing I had the $50,000 required to get a black CTS-V.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39706 posts, RR: 75
Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4152 times:

Quoting Concord977 (Reply 21):
Some brands make more radical changes to their designs and they end up looking trendy. The problem with trends is that they tend to die very quickly.

Very true, but once upon a time; Mercedes had distinctive styling and staying power.
Case in point: Your SL roadster. That design lasted over 20 years and will always have style.

Quoting Concord977 (Reply 21):
Case in point: Cadillac. This whole knife-edge thing they're doing right now is not going to last. It's a little too hip to have any staying power.

Don't get my blood pressure up!
I've been down on Cadillac and all of GM every since they got rid of the Fleetwood Brougham and all other B-bodies to crank out more SUVs.
Talk about adding insult to injury!  Sad



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User currently offlineConcord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 26
Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4146 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 23):
Very true, but once upon a time; Mercedes had distinctive styling and staying power.
Case in point: Your SL roadster. That design lasted over 20 years and will always have style.

True - but Capt was pointing out the 'boring' look of the new Benz. The old SL's were never boring.  Smile Smile



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25 Superfly : In three years, you'll only need about $5000 to buy one. They drop in value real fast and half of them will have been repossessed by then as there wi
26 Post contains images Jutes85 : The only benz I'd be willing to drive is the CL class.
27 Post contains images Superfly : The Mercedes SL 450/380/560 roadsters were the greatest! Very classy! Turn it into a SL 6.9 and you've got one hell of a ride!
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