TFL host Nick Miles comes to you from Germany where he had a chance to drive the 2018 Mercedes S-Class. The S-Class has always been on the forefront of technology. In many cases, the technology seen on the S-Class goes on to shape the rest of the automotive industry. So, Nick decided to count down the top 5 new features that are sure to blow your mind.
#5 – Engine
Mercedes have introduced a new 6-cylinder engine for the 2018 Mercedes S-Class. This 3.0L inline 6 produces 367 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels with the help of a 9-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, this motor will not be making its way to the US in the near future. However, it should make its way over seas eventually.
#4 – Autonomous Tech
The 2018 Mercedes S-Class will now use map data to aid in speed control for autonomous driving. It can use the radius of curves to calculate the right speed. This, in conjunction with road signs and posted speed limits will ensure the S-Class keeps you at a speed that is both legal and comfortable for passengers.
#3 – Wellness System
This new wellness system plays with the interior of the car to help put the occupants in a desired mindset. Nick chose to test out Vitality mode. This scented the air like espresso, cooled the A/C and adjusted the massaging seats to “dramatically” hit the driver in order to keep them awake. Lastly, it plays music developed by Mercedes that is supposed to keep the driver alert and focused.
#2 – Exhaust
Specifically, Mercedes have included different modes on the exhaust. With the push of a button you can open up some flaps in the exhaust system. This allows for a bit more sound so that you can easily hear all the mighty roar of a German V8. Unlike many manufacturers that use the speakers to augment engine noise, this system is a real exhaust note.
#1 – Race Start (Launch Control)
Mercedes have chosen to give their launch control system a fancy name, but don’t be fooled. This system is incredibly simple compared to Mercedes old system. Rather than bury the button in some settings menu, you simply mash the brake and the throttle. Once RPMs hit 3,500 you simply take your foot off the brake pedal and go. The car must be in Sport or Sport-Plus mode for the system to activate. Using Race Start, the S63 AMG will hit 60 MPH in just 3.4 seconds.
To hear what Nick has to say about all of these new features, be sure to watch the whole video.
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