S-Class W220 introduced at the Paris Motor Show September 1998
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class W220 series was officially introduced at the Paris Motor Show at the end of September 1998. Sales started at European dealerships and distributors on 24 October.
With its new, elegant and dynamic look and numerous innovations, the new saloon was a worthy successor to the 140 series. Just as its predecessor, the new S-Class W220 was a trendsetter in automotive technology: Over 30 technological innovations with a total of 340 patents were incorporated in the saloon. Many of the innovations that Mercedes-Benz was the first automobile manufacturer in the world to introduce were standard in the S-Class.
One V6 and two V8 engines
The range of engines for the S-Class W220 initially consisted of a six-cylinder engine with an output of 165 kW (220 hp) and two V8 engines with an output of 205 kW (279 hp) and 225 kW (306 hp) respectively. A model with a long wheelbase (plus 120 mm) was also available. The engines not only distinguished themselves by their superior performance, excellent acceleration and exemplary running smoothness, but especially by their good fuel economy and low exhaust emissions. The combination of a modern lightweight design, outstanding aerodynamics and state-of-the-art engine technology reduced the fuel consumption of the S-Class according to the NEDC by 13 to 17 percent compared with its predecessor. The S 430, for example, proved the point: The new V8-powered saloon was 2.6 litres more economical per 100 km than its predecessor (12.3 instead of 14.9 litre NEDC total consumption).
The S 55 AMG
At the end of 2000, the S 55 AMG took the position of luxury sports saloon among the wide range of S-Class models. The AMG’s V8-engine had an output of 265 kW (360 hp). Together with a torque of 530 Nm, the vehicle produced a driving performance that was hitherto reserved to full-blooded sports cars: It took the AMG exactly 6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h. Its top speed was electronically limited to 250 km/h, but the S 55 AMG was also available without the speed limiter. The exterior of the car could be modified to match its fiery spirit. The dynamic AMG Styling Package contained modified front and rear aprons as well as special side skirts and the distinctive AMG rear silencer. The interior corresponded to that of the luxurious and fully equipped S-Class. Exquisite leather and carefully selected exotic wood trims were par for the course. Only the speedometer was specific to the AMG and went as high as 320 km/h.
In the autumn of 2002, Mercedes-Benz introduced the refreshed S-Class 220 series. With new outstanding technological performances, the renewed S 220 maintained its position as role model and trendsetter in automotive engineering.
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