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Mercedes at NAIAS 2003


Mercedes SL600 Roadster

This new model from Mercedes-Benz crowns the successful SL-Class Roadster range. A look under the bonnet reveals a technological tour de force in the shape of the newly developed Mercedes twelve-cylinder engine. Equipped with two turbochargers, an air/water intercooler, three-valves per cylinder, twin-spark AC ignition and other high-tech innovations, the new unit is one of the most advanced car engines in the world. 

The V12 engine has an output of 368 kW/500 hp and maximum torque of 800 Newton metres, which is available from just 1800 rpm and remains on tap at a constant level all the way up to 3600 rpm. With figures like these, it is clear that the SL 600 has ample resources to cope with every driving situation. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 4.7 seconds and polishes off the 60 to 120 km/h sprint in 4.9 seconds. The maximum speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

Mercedes E-class estate

The new E-Class Estate celebrates its world premiere at the North American International Motor Show in Detroit at the beginning of January 2003.

  • High-tech innovations such as Active Light System and air suspension

  • SBC™ with 2 new convenience functions - Tailback Assist and Anti-stall Assist 

  • EASY-PACK system for intelligent load compartment management

  • Optional hydraulic drive system for tailgate and load compartment floor

  • Variable interior with maximum load capacity of 1950 litres

  • Fuel saving of up to 0.6 litres per 100 kilometres

  • High-quality standard specification including automatic climate control and car radio

Mercedes GST Grand Sports Tourer Concept

*as displayed at NAIAS 2002

The abbreviation GST stands for "Grand Sports Tourer" and describes an original, new vehicle category which brings together features from established car concepts, combining them to create a new, independent profile: the Vision GST is Saloon, Estate, MPV and Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) in one.

The Vision GST is Mercedes- Benz's response to the frequently voiced demand for a stylish, active and technologically sophisticated car to suit every occasion -- for a car which offers plenty of space for the family, leisure equipment, travel needs or work, but at the same time delivers outstanding handling and supreme performance. In the design study these qualities are ensured by a sophisticated design, coupled with groundbreaking technological innovations from the Mercedes range and a high-performance, high-torque AMG engine.

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