Mercedes has released some more details on its S 500 Plug-in Hybrid, which is scheduled to begin deliveries in Germany this month.
The plug-in Benz sports a V6 biturbo engine, an 85 kW electric motor, an 8.7 kWh water-cooled lithium-iron phosphate battery, and a 3.6 kW on-board charger. The high-voltage battery and plug-in components are covered by a six-year/100,000-kilometer warranty.
Total power is 325 kW and torque is 650 Nm. She does 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h. Electric range is 33 km, and certified fuel consumption is 2.8 litres/100 km. And the price? A mere 108,944.50 euros, to be precise.
All three hybrid S-Class models come with environmental certificates that document their energy savings across the entire lifecycle from design studio to junkyard. If you drive the S 500 Plug-in Hybrid for 300,000 kilometers, then recycle it, you’ll belch out 43 percent less CO2 compared with the legacy S 500 (assuming the typical European electricity mix).
There are four driving modes and three transmission modes. The “haptic” accelerator pedal can signal to the driver when to take their foot off the pedal for optimum fuel economy. Standard equipment includes pre-entry climate control, LED lights, touchpad, collision warning and other autonomous safety features.
“The S 500 Plug-in Hybrid is the first luxury saloon with the performance of a V8 and the fuel consumption of a compact model,” says Daimler Board Member Dr Thomas Weber. “The greatest challenge in this is to translate efficiency into superior performance. In this respect there is a highly interesting parallel with our successful Formula 1 racing car, which likewise has a turbocharged V6 engine and a high-tech hybrid drive.”
“The new S 500 Plug-in Hybrid offers our customers the entire range of innovations that make our new S-Class so successful, and thanks to its intelligent operating strategy ensures outstanding driving pleasure and dynamism combined with the highest efficiency,” adds Mercedes-Benz Executive VP Ola Källenius.