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 S-Class has been a class-leading car since its launch in 1972. Over the years, this flagship car has seen many industry ‘first’s’ in terms of safety, comfort and technical innovation. The 2012 S-Class 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 S-Class variants are significantly more efficient than those of the previous generation cars. The 2012 S-Class 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 S-Class 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 S-Class 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 S-Class 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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