New Merc leans into corners
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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