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Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid: 245kW-plus and less than 3.3L/100km

The Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid has been shown ahead of its official debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

CarAdvice and other Australian media were among the first to see the S500 Plug-in Hybrid, which in long-wheelbase test-car form was rolled out for the first time at the Mercedes-Benz S-Class launch in Toronto, Canada – curiously, earlier waves of foreign media were not shown the car.

Mercedes-Benz revealed the production S500 Plug-in Hybrid will use a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6 engine, producing the same 245kW of power and 480Nm as it does in the E400 and S400.

Head of hybrid powertrains at Mercedes-Benz, Dr Uwe Keller, wouldn’t be drawn into naming outputs for the accompanying electric motor, except to say that power is “quite high” and, compared with the plug-in Porsche Panamera’s 70kW electric motor, the S500 Plug-in Hybrid will have “definitely more. More in power and more in torque.”
That clearly indicates a combined system output of around 300kW, plus much more than 500Nm of torque, meaning the S500 Plug-in Hybrid could challenge the regular twin-turbo-V8 powered S500 as the quickest S-Class in the range, at least until the AMG models arrive. The S500 V8 claims 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds, two seconds quicker than the S400 Hybrid that uses a non-turbo 3.5-litre petrol V6 with a tiny 20kW electric motor.


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