2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2011 Mercedes S-Class

There are some brands that signal luxury, power, and performance with their very names. Mercedes-Benz is one such brand, and their S-Class sedan – the automaker’s flagship car – is one such make. Last year, the S-Class saw the addition of the S-400. This year, the line includes the new S-350 Bluetec, which is also a return to diesel engines.


The exterior of the S-Class got a minor facelift last year. For 2011, the same basic appearance has been retained, but the S63 AMG received new 20-inch twin five-spoke wheels and the S400 Hybrid received new 18-inch 10-spoke wheels, while the entire line (except the S400) now sports LED daytime running lights.

2011 Mercedes S-Class

Inside every S-Class Mercedes you’ll find shiny chrome and warm wood accents and seating for up to five people (including the driver). The usual console-mounted gearshift has been removed, and now there’s a steering column-mounted selector for Park, Drive or Reverse, while drivers who crave manual control can use steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters to adjust the automatic transmission.

Other tech and comfort features include the “mbrace” telematics system (standard across the class), a split-view dashboard screen that offers different content for the driver and front passenger, a command system with a control knob in the center console, and a 6.5-inch in-dash screen, and the option for an infrared night-vision system that puts the instrument cluster display into black and white.

2011 Mercedes S-Class     2011 Mercedes S-Class

Other optional features of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class include massaging front seats, an infrared night-vision system that puts the instrument cluster display into black and white, a lane departure warning system, and a system that monitors “driver drowsiness.”

Depending on which 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class car you choose, there are a variety of engine choices. The S350 comes with a 241-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 and all-wheel drive. The S63 AMG, built for high performance, comes with a 536-horsepower, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 with start/stop technology and the S65 AMG has a twin-turbo V-12 that pushes 621 horsepower.

2011 Mercedes S-Class     2011 Mercedes S-Class

The S550’s powertrain is a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V8 with a seven-speed automatic transmission, and standard rear-wheel drive, though 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional, and the S600 has a 510-horsepower, 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-12 and a five-speed automatic transmission.

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class cars all come with Mercedes’ Pre-Safe system which can actually adjust the front seatbelts, passenger seats, sunroof and side windows if it senses an impending collision, and the optional Brake add-on can automatically slow the car when such situations occur.

2011 Mercedes S-Class     2011 Mercedes S-Class

As well, the S-Class can be fitted with Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, and all except the S400 Hybrid, come standard with the “attention assist” feature (mentioned above) that alerts you when you’re too sleepy to drive.
Other, more typical, safety features include antilock brakes, a full complement of air bags, and an electronic stability system.

Because of the wide variance between types of S-Class cars, the base price ranges from $91,000 – $209,000 and the fuel economy ranges from 12-19 in the city and 19-25 on the highway.

2010 Mercedes Benz E350

At a MSRP price ranging from $48,050 – $85,750, the 2010 Mercedes Benz E350 coupe and sedan are equipped with a standard 3.5-liter, V6, 268-horsepower engine that produces 268 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A 7-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is standard. Both models offer all-wheel-drive. The fuel economy for the 2010 Mercedes Benz E350 is 17-mpg in the city and 26-mpg on the highway. The E350 can reach 60 mph in less than 7 seconds.


Mechanical features of the 2010 Mercedes Benz E350 include: 3.5L DOHC 24-valve V6 engine, 7-speed automatic electronically controlled transmission that includes driver-adaptive shifting and touch Shift, rear wheel drive, independent 4-link front and 5-arm multi-link rear suspension, agility control damping system, front/rear stabilizer bars, and vehicle-speed-sensitive power rack and pinion steering.

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 handling and braking features include: ABS, brake assist system, cornering brake control, four disc brakes including four ventilated discs, electronic brake distribution, driver selectable responsive suspension, mechanical stability control, strut front suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs, and multi-link rear suspension independent with stabilizer bar and coil springs.

The exterior features of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 include: heated exterior driver mirror, heated passenger mirror, integrated turn signal mirrors, power tilt/sliding sunroof, 17″ x 8.0″ 5 twin-spoke aluminum wheels, P245/45R17 all-season performance tires, power tilt/slide glass sunroof that includes sunshade, 1-touch express open/close, and sunroof memory, variable-focus halogen headlamps with projector low beams, and selectable light-sensing headlamps.

The interior features of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E350 include: leather steering wheel, remote fuel door release, keyless entry, leather seats, front passenger power seat adjusts 14 Ways, anti-theft alarm system with engine immobilizer, auto climate control air conditioning, keyless entry, SmartKey infrared remote that includes trunk open and windows and sunroof open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock, steering wheel audio controls, leather wrapped steering wheel, navigation system, rearview camera, electronic trunk closer, AM/FM Stereo, CD Changer, CD Player, and MP3 Player.

Available safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain-side airbags, front-side airbags, rear-side airbags, hip-protecting side airbags, and a driver-knee airbag. Mercedes’ driver-adjustable air suspension is standard on the E550 sedan.

Edmunds.com says, “Restyled, higher in quality and more enjoyable to drive, the redesigned 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a luxury-car triumph. Shoppers in this segment will want to give it serious consideration.”

Tony O’Kane of The Motor Report says, “Ride quality is excellent around suburban streets, more so with the Elegance model’s softer suspension tune. The ride is supple and smooth, and it soaks up low-quality pavement in a thoroughly unruffled manner.”

2008 Mercedes SLR McLaren

The 2008 Mercedes SLR McLaren enhances the 1950s SLR racing models with innovative and creative technology.
At a cost of about $495,000,
this front engine, rear wheel drive, 2-passenger, 2-door convertible is produced at McLaren’s Formula 1 factory in Woking, England. The fuel economy range of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is 11 mpg Hwy and 16 mpg City. Powered by an AMG V8 compressor engine delivering 617 bhp and a 5-speed auto-clutch manual transmission, the top speed of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is 207 mph. As well, this high performance roadster will accelerate from zero to sixty in 3.8 seconds.

With a 6.5-liter, 617-hp supercharged V-8, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren excels as a high performance sports car. Further development of carbon-fiber technology for the monocoque chassis has resulted in a low weight. Its body is made entirely of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) materials, allowing it to stand out from other high-performance sports cars. Regarding handling and aerodynamics, the vehicle has been optimized for high speeds The outstanding qualities of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren are also seen in its fully retractable roof. The roof opens and closes in less than ten seconds. Its newly developed roof material allows for complete durability in all weather conditions.

Standard features include: dual-zone automatic air-conditioning; a high-quality BOSE premium sound system; a multifunction sport steering wheel with gear-change paddles, and a navigation system with radio and CD player.

“The SLR roadster is a lot of things. It’s a status symbol. It’s a supercar. It’s also a lot of money – it’ll cost the same as a pair of Lamborghini Gallardos. But in the end, it’s something automotive enthusiasts have been salivating over for quite a few years: It’s an SLR McLaren.” Shamit Choksey, automobilemag.com.