The latest version of the Mercedes-Benz S 600 has just made its world debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Being the top-spec model in the S-Class range, it comes as no suprise the S 600 comes well armed, with both power and refinement featured in equal measure.Ola K llenius, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Cars said of the new S 600: "The S-Class has always been the embodiment of our claim to deliver the very best in terms of both technology and design. And our flagship model, the S 600, epitomises the focus of our development work, the 'Essence of Luxury', in a way that no other model can. Our customers in North America and Asia in particular will enjoy this new top model with its exciting V12 engine."
With an output of 530 hp, the V12 biturbo engine in the S 600 packs a bigger punch than its predecessor did with 517 hp. The displacement of the engine has increased from 5,513 to 5,980 cc. The maximum torque of 830 Nm is available from 1,900 rpm. The S 600 now for the first time features the ECO start/stop function as standard, which contributes to the car reaching the Euro 6 emissions standard.
But as well as having a monster engine, the S 600 also has the refinement and technology S-Class buyers have come to expect. From March, all the functions of the head unit can be controlled by fingertip gesture, as with a smartphone, from the new, optional touchpad. In addition, the touchpad allows letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting - in any language that is available on the head unit. The touchpad thus offers an additional, full-function input option over and above the existing COMAND Controller and LINGUATRONIC.