New Merc leans into cor­ners

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The sus­pen­sion sys­tem on the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe al­lows the su­perlux two-door to lean into cor­ners like a mo­tor­cy­cle.

The new coupe, just un­veiled in Europe, will come with a choice of at least three V8 and V12 mo­tors, in­clud­ing a su­per-pow­er­ful twin-turbo V12 S65 AMG ver­sion – but it’s not yet known which ver­sions will find their way to New Zealand.

Daim­ler AG board mem­ber Thomas We­ber said its ac­tive curve tilt­ing func­tion demon­strated the pos­si­bil­i­ties of­fered by Mercedes-Benz In­tel­li­gent Drive.

The ve­hi­cle leans into bends much like a mo­tor­cy­clist, thereby re­duc­ing the lat­eral ac­cel­er­a­tion act­ing on the ve­hi­cle‘s oc­cu­pants,” he said.

“On coun­try roads in par­tic­u­lar, this means greater driv­ing plea­sure and ride com­fort for our cus­tomers.“

The tilt­ing func­tion em­ploys a stereo cam­era be­hind the wind­screen to de­tect curves up to 25m ahead, in tan­dem with a trans­verse ac­cel­er­a­tion sen­sor.

Ac­tive from 30km/h to 80km/h, the sen­sors trig­ger an au­to­matic ad­just­ment to the hy­draulic sus­pen­sion struts, in­clin­ing the ve­hi­cle up to 2.5 de­grees in a frac­tion of a sec­ond, depend­ing on road an­gle and ve­hi­cle speed.


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