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Mercedes-Benz Adds New Diesel V8 to S-Class
www.edmunds.com ^ | 12/07/2006 | Staff

Posted on 12/08/2006 6:55:13 AM PST by Red Badger

STUTTGART, Germany — Mercedes-Benz said it is rolling out a second diesel offering for its flagship S-Class lineup this month, a new 2006 S420 CDI.

The latest edition to the S-Class lineup develops 320 horsepower and 538 pound-feet of torque from a 3996cc CDI engine with twin turbochargers. The engine is mated to a standard seven-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel gearshift controls.

The S420 CDI sprints from zero to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph. The company said the more powerful diesel model replaces the V8-powered S400 CDI.

Standard features include automatic climate controls, 17-inch five-spoke light alloy wheels, front and rear side airbags, tinted laminated glass and speed-sensitive power steering. The extended-wheelbase model adds leather upholstery, a power sunroof and a rear bench seat with power-adjustable outer seats.

Mercedes-Benz said the short-wheelbase version of the S420 CDI starts at the equivalent of $112,300, and the long-wheelbase version starts at the equivalent of $122,475.

What this means to you: Mercedes powers up its diesel lineup — at least for European customers.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Germany; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bluetec; cdi; diesel; engine; tdi; v8
I would love to drive one on the Autobahn!..........or I-10 for that matter........
1 posted on 12/08/2006 6:55:15 AM PST by Red Badger
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To: sully777; Fierce Allegiance; vigl; Cagey; Abathar; A. Patriot; B Knotts; getsoutalive; ...

Rest In Peace, old friend, your work is finished.......

If you want on or off the DIESEL "KNOCK" LIST just FReepmail me........

This is a fairly HIGH VOLUME ping list on some days......

2 posted on 12/08/2006 6:55:50 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: Red Badger

Sounds cool like their other products, but the electronics are bad. My wife wanted one bad, but after friends and family experiences no thanks. As my brother said: "they used to make the finest automobiles in the world; now they make cars."


3 posted on 12/08/2006 6:58:34 AM PST by doodad
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To: Red Badger
Until the CA. Air resources board can figure out how they want to implement refilling the Urea injection on Mercedes' blu tec, us and four other states won't be seeing this vehicle or their V6 diesel either.
4 posted on 12/08/2006 6:58:37 AM PST by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: Lx

... or their four-cylinder models (e.g., B200 CDi) - Sigh!


5 posted on 12/08/2006 7:01:44 AM PST by jamaksin
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To: Red Badger

It boggles my mind that MB (DMX), BMW, VW, Audi, Volvo, Toyota, Mitsubishi & Saab can't be bothered to bring more diesels into the U.S. market.

Sure VW brings in a few, but none of the interesting variants (like a five door all wheel drive diesel Golf).

DMX gives us the E-Class and a few Jeeps using MB motors, but nothing entry level.

I wonder how much of the fault of this lies in CA, MA and NY virtually closing their markets off to new diesel car sales?


6 posted on 12/08/2006 7:05:34 AM PST by Fixit (Science H. Logic!)
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To: doodad

I had a Mercedes-Benz, in fact, a couple different ones.

One was a 170Sb, 1953, a four-cylinder, gasoline-powered "family" four-door sedan. Looked like a 1938 Packard Clipper, and had rear-hinged "suicide" front doors.

The second one was a 220a, 1954, predecessor model to the 220S, and nearly identical, except for the single carburetor and a little less exterior trim. So I had been up there in that high stratosphere of automobile ownership, fifty years ago.

I have just had other priorities since then, and never got back to that ambition again.


7 posted on 12/08/2006 7:07:49 AM PST by alloysteel (Facts do not cease to exist, just because they are ignored. - Aldous Huxley)
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To: doodad
Yes, if you want to spend that much for a somewhat "green" car, wait a few months for the upcoming Lexus LS600hL - V8 + hybrid (giving V12 equivalent power) with very cool technology and much, much better reliability.
8 posted on 12/08/2006 7:11:21 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Fixit; Lx
how much of the fault of this lies in CA, MA and NY virtually closing their markets off to new diesel car sales?

I think you nailed it........

9 posted on 12/08/2006 7:12:47 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: alloysteel

...and you listened to Eddie Fisher on the radio........


10 posted on 12/08/2006 7:14:34 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: Red Badger
The S420 CDI sprints from zero to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.

I am sure an afternoon with a PCM programmer in the right hands could improve upon those number substantially.

11 posted on 12/08/2006 7:17:50 AM PST by IamConservative (Any man who agrees with you on everything, also lies to others.)
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To: IamConservative

I wonder if NASCAR allows diesels?..........


12 posted on 12/08/2006 7:20:42 AM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: doodad

I think they've got that stuff straightened out now. The bad years were around 1998-2003.


13 posted on 12/08/2006 7:24:01 AM PST by B Knotts (Newt '08!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

There's nothing "green" about hybrids. They are a sham.

And Toyota's reliability is showing some cracks.


14 posted on 12/08/2006 7:24:53 AM PST by B Knotts (Newt '08!)
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To: Red Badger
I wonder if NASCAR allows diesels?..........

I don't think they do now, but I would like to see it at least discussed - in NASCAR and the IRL. Specifically, a turbo charged compression ignition engine. Let the builders innovate on the fuel. 20%-30% Nitromethane would be fun!

Racing has grown a bit boring of late. All the series run spec engines and fuel. I would like to see innovation brought back to the sport.

15 posted on 12/08/2006 7:28:44 AM PST by IamConservative (Any man who agrees with you on everything, also lies to others.)
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To: Red Badger

Boy, I never thought I'd see the words "diesel" and "sprint" in the same article. Zero to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds ain't bad. There's faster out there, but an S-class is a lot of car to get moving, so that's extremely good performance, especially for a diesel.

}:-)4


16 posted on 12/08/2006 7:29:47 AM PST by Moose4 (Baa havoc, and let slip the sheep of war.)
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To: alloysteel

The finest car I ever owned was a 1991 350SD Turbo. I would do everything for you.


17 posted on 12/08/2006 7:31:15 AM PST by snowman1
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To: Red Badger
Mercedes-Benz said the short-wheelbase version of the S420 CDI starts at the equivalent of $112,300, and the long-wheelbase version starts at the equivalent of $122,475.

Whew! For awhile there I was afraid the wife wouldn't be able to get one too!

;-)

18 posted on 12/08/2006 7:47:14 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (What's the one elected position Ted Kennedy has never held? Designated Driver.)
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To: Fixit
I wonder how much of the fault of this lies in CA, MA and NY virtually closing their markets off to new diesel car sales?

You know, this is one of the few times where I think that the Commerce Clause should be invoked. Why should one or a few states be able to effectively (which is to say, in the realm of commercial practicality) close down the importation of something that is permitted everywhere else?

19 posted on 12/08/2006 7:54:42 AM PST by Ancesthntr
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To: Red Badger

"...and you listened to Eddie Fisher on the radio........"

Not true. It was Lefty Frizzell. And Hank Williams.

Senior.


20 posted on 12/08/2006 8:11:33 AM PST by alloysteel (Facts do not cease to exist, just because they are ignored. - Aldous Huxley)
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To: B Knotts
The bad years were around 1998-2003.

UH-ohhh.....

Can you give me some pointers on how to find out which electronics got the bad rep?

21 posted on 12/08/2006 9:01:40 AM PST by Erasmus (Go to Sebastopol and Crimea River.)
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To: Red Badger
I swore I would never drive a diesel. the salesman persuaded me to try the 3 litre BMW straight six diesel.

I now swear I'll never go back to gasoline
22 posted on 12/08/2006 9:39:07 AM PST by weegie
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To: Red Badger
I have a 1982 MB 300SD. It has 193,000 miles on it and runs well. I bought it new. I would never own a diesel car again. They are messy, noisy and sometimes you have to look for diesel gas. It has been a reliable car. Perhaps the new diesels are better. I am skeptical. However I hope to keep this car for many more years. I am now retired and only drive it a couple thousand miles a year, if that.
23 posted on 12/08/2006 12:53:34 PM PST by Uncle Hal
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To: Uncle Hal

Today's techno-diesels are as far away from your 1982 diesel as a 2007 gasoline engine is from a 1982 gasoline engine. Different genre, with piezo-fuel injectors, common rail fuel pumps, etc. They are now almost silent and smoke is a thing of the past............


24 posted on 12/08/2006 12:57:27 PM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: Red Badger

Is this the one with urea injection?

When you stop on the interstate for a 'pit stop', you pee into the gas tank.
Guess the State will have to install modesty panels in the parking lot.

G


25 posted on 12/08/2006 1:06:00 PM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Vinnie
...you pee into the gas tank.

No, there's a hose in front of the seat........

26 posted on 12/08/2006 1:08:33 PM PST by Red Badger (New! HeadOn Hemorrhoid Medication for Liberals!.........Apply directly to forehead.........)
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To: Red Badger

LOL


27 posted on 12/08/2006 2:15:57 PM PST by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: blackie

ping


28 posted on 12/09/2006 12:27:08 AM PST by shaggy eel (1-800 VICTIM)
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To: doodad

MB has been CHRYSLERIZED.


29 posted on 12/09/2006 6:51:05 AM PST by hubbubhubbub
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To: doodad
They've probably cheapened themselves considerably due to putting so many models and variations on the road.

Having such a large menu can't be good for quality.

30 posted on 12/09/2006 6:57:54 AM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: ErnBatavia

I see lots of C230's and C240's on the road here in San Antonio. Are they any good? Was looking at the C230 Sport versus a Saturn Sky Redline. Both are priced about the same. One looks like a lot of fun to drive and one is a Benz.


31 posted on 12/09/2006 7:34:08 AM PST by Tuxedo (GO BUCKS!)
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To: Tuxedo

I've never owned (nor even driven) one; was just commenting on the huge number of models they put out. Some are classic Mercedes beauty, and some are pretty chintzy looking.


32 posted on 12/09/2006 7:36:34 AM PST by ErnBatavia (recent nightmare: Googled up "Helen Thomas nude"....)
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To: shaggy eel

I don't like diesel cars ~ give me one that burns 92 octane gasoline. >:-}


33 posted on 12/09/2006 11:25:31 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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