Mercedes-Benz has begun taking orders for the S 500 Plug-In Hybrid. Prices (in Germany) start at €108,944 ($146,000). The new sedan will begin arriving at dealerships in September.
The plug-in Benz features an 85 kW, 340 N·m electric motor and a new 245 kW, 480 N·m, 3.0-liter biturbo V6 gas engine. Combined system output is 325 kW (442 hp) and 650 N·m (479 lb-ft) of torque. Acceleration is 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, top speed is 250 km/h and electric range is “up to 33 km.”
The high-voltage battery and plug-in hybrid components come with a six year/62,000 mile warranty.
There are four driver-selectable operating modes and three transmission modes. A “haptic” accelerator pedal gives the driver feedback, signaling when the combustion engine switches on, and when they should take their foot off the accelerator and coast.
Pre-entry climate control is standard equipment (perhaps a first for a PHEV). The driver can enter the departure time via smartphone, and the cabin will be warmed or cooled to the preset temperature. The S 500 features heated seats, steering wheel and armrests, as well as (optional) seat ventilation.
“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. Moreover, it allows completely emission-free driving for up to 33 km,” says Ola Källenius, Mercedes-Benz Executive VP for Sales.
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“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. The greatest challenge in this is to translate highest 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 hybrid drive,” says Daimler Board Member Dr Thomas Weber.