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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon engines, drive and performance

1991 - 1999 (change model)
Performance rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

The cheapest 300/280 engines are cheaper to run, but offer mediocre performance. The 400/420 V8 models give good performance but remain affordable to run. The 500 and 600 V8s and V12s are potent, smoother than the sixes and very swift – even the monster Limo. But deep pockets are a must.

This where the chauffeurs earn their money. It’s less agile than the 7-Series and is a real handful around town. But the ride is ultra-smooth over all surfaces. Stable and perfectly balanced under all conditions. Very impressive.