There’s been a lot of talk about the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and for good reason: yesterday, we saw the first shots of the car without any camouflage. Today’s spy shots are of a stretched prototype that appears to be the S600 extra-long-wheelbase sedan.
We reported about nine months ago that the S-Class was going to spawn a few different variants with different wheelbases and different engines, to fill in after Maybach closed its doors. The S-Class we saw yesterday was likely the long-wheelbase version (codenamed V222, 207.87 inches long, 7.08 longer than the standard-wheelbase car), but today’s shots show something even longer--the rumored extra-long wheelbase version, which is 13.78 inches longer than the standard car (codenamed X222 and 214.57 inches in length). If this car still isn’t long enough for you, wait a little bit: Mercedes-Benz is also working on a Pullmann with six doors and a total length of 226.38 inches. Many people have reported that this car is the Pullmann, but these spy shots show that it doesn't match the super-extended design of Pullmans past; this is definitely the extra-long wheelbase S-Class that will fit between the Pullmann and the long-wheelbase model.
While it looks like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class will offer a handful of engines, our spies indicate that this particular car in black is an S600, which means a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-12 making 510 horsepower. As we heard yesterday, the X222 S600 XL (whatever it’s finally named) will offer all sorts of new technology like Magic Body Control, which uses two cameras to scan the pavement ahead and prepare the dampers for bumps and potholes.
The S-Class family will probably debut at Mercedes-Benz’s scheduled event in Germany on May 15. In the meantime, let us know what size S-Class you’d put in your fantasy garage in the comments below.