2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class | new car review

Posted on Mar 29, 2012 by

Often referred to as the epitome of automotive luxury and innovation, the has been a class-leading car since its launch in 1972. Over the years, this flagship Mercedes-Benz car has seen many industry ‘first’s’ in terms of safety, comfort and technical innovation. The 2012 is a facelifted variant of the completely redesigned 2006 Mercedes S-Class. Significant improvements have been made over the years though. Engines in the 2012 variants are significantly more efficient than those of the previous generation cars. The 2012 range has six variants (seven internationally). The range starts with Mercedes S 350, which has a 3.5-litre V6 engine with an output of 272bhp and 350Nm of torque. The S 400 HYBRID has a 3.5-litre V6 engine coupled with an electric motor that adds 20bhp to the existing 279bhp and produces 385Nm of torque. Then there is the S 500 with its 5.5-litre V8 that makes 388bhp and 530Nm of torque. The S 600 has a 5.6-litre V12 that produces 509bhp and 830Nm of torque. The S 63 AMG has a 5.5-litre V8 with an output of 536bhp and 800Nm of torque while the S 65 AMG with its 6-litre V12 produces 620bhp and 1000Nm of torque. The non-AMG versions of 2012 get a 7G-TRONIC Sport gearbox while the AMG versions get the AMG SPEEDSHIFT 5-speed automatic transmission. On the inside you get the best premium-quality upholstery you can expect in a car. The long-wheelbase versions of 2012 are equipped with leather upholstery and heated front and rear seats as standard. The S 600 and AMG models get optional climatised front seats, multi contoured rear seats with massage and memory functions. In terms of safety, the 2012 has every imaginable safety feature in a car. It’s been the benchmark of automotive safety and every Mercedes car. The S Class has features like proximity control, adaptive headlights, attention assist, adaptive braking, lane keeping assist and blind spot assist which help the driver in avoiding an accident. Specifications Price S 350: AED 365,700 S 400: AED 408,200 S 500: AED 462,500 S 600: AED 619,400 S 63 AMG: AED 632,300 S 65 AMG: AED 922,300 Engine S 350: 3.5-litre V6; 272bhp @ 6000rpm, 350Nm @ 2400-5000rpm S 400: 3.5-litre V6; 299bhp @ 6000rpm, 385Nm @ 2400-5000rpm S 500: 5.5-litre V8; 388bhp @ 6000rpm, 530Nm @ 2800-4800rpm S 600: 5.6-litre V12; 509bhp @ 5000rpm, 830Nm @ 1800-3500rpm S 63 AMG: 5.5-litre V8; 536bhp @ 5500rpm, 800Nm @ 2000-4500rpm S 65 AMG: 6-litre V12; 620bhp @ 4600-5000rpm, 1000Nm @ 2300-4300rpm

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