In 2000, shortly earlier than the ill-fated revival of the Maybach model right into a gauche purveyor of S-Class Baroque Editions, the 12-cylinder S 600 resided on the high of the Mercedes-Benz mannequin hierarchy. This instance particularly was ordered with a novel function on the behest of a really well-heeled unique proprietor.
We’ve coated an older S-Class lately, within the beautiful 560 SEC. Between that Teutonic sq. and at the moment’s extra… natural S-Class was the big W140 era. I’ll discover a type of for one more Uncommon Rides entry; at the moment we’re all about W220.
The W220 had an extended growth time, as Mercedes began the venture in 1992 proper because the W140 was launched. Work progressed in an organized style, and although the W220 debuted for model-year 1999 around the globe (2000 in North America), the design was accepted in June 1995 and finalized in March of 1996. W220 ran by 2005 globally however stretched to 2006 inside North America.
In comparison with the W140, the W220 was smaller in exterior measurement and far much less sq.. Extra environment friendly area utilization meant passenger area inside was improved over the outgoing mannequin. Two totally different wheelbases had been obtainable as in S-Class sedans of the previous: Normal sedans used a 116.7-inch wheelbase, whereas long-wheelbase variations had been 121.5 inches.
Engines diverse by area and had been particularly totally different between the North American and European markets. On the backside finish (and never supplied within the US) was a 2.8-liter V6. Six-cylinder energy elevated in displacement to three.7 liters, at which level a soar in worth granted a V8. V8 energy began at 4.Three liters and topped out at a 5.4-liter mill with a supercharger. Prime of the road had been the V12 choices, of 5.5-, 5.8-, 6.0-, and 6.3-liters displacement. A few these had a twin-turbo variant, in case a naturally aspirated V12 sounded boring. There have been additionally two diesels. All transmissions had been computerized and of 5 or seven ahead speeds. Let’s discuss 600.
The S 600 was essentially the most highly effective S-Class sedan which was not a particular AMG model. Normal energy on the S 600 between 1998 and 2002 was the 5.8-liter V12, which was swapped out for the 2003-2005 run with a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V12. Within the preliminary providing, 362 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque resided beneath the motive force’s proper foot. All examples had been long-wheelbase and stood out from different, lesser S-Class sedans with a elegant alloy wheel design solely obtainable on V12 variations.
There have been two manufacturing unit Designo editions for the W220, which meant an upgraded leather-based inside, some nicer trim round different locations inside, and an Alcantara headliner. Known as Silver and Espresso, they had been obtainable in both silver or black paint. However the unique proprietor of at the moment’s 600 wished a Designo all their very own. Upgraded leather-based and a silver or black automobile didn’t attraction. Navy blue paint was ordered as an alternative, and that ever garish ruched leather-based was changed with a fantastic, quiet beige velour. The ruching was retained, like an homage to Buicks of yore.
I’d prefer to let you know extra about at the moment’s Uncommon Experience (just like the asking worth), however as of writing the hyperlink to the itemizing is now not working. However, benefit from the photos of what was a customized ordered (and certain considered one of one) S 600 Designo.