The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class of 2014

B-Class Campaign 2014
Alternative drive systems – A pioneer in terms of efficiency, too
Mercedes-Benz has given the already successful B-Class a thorough facelift, giving particular attention to an upgrade of the interior. With the addition of the B-Class Electric Drive and the B 200 Natural Gas Drive the portfolio from now on includes two models with alternative drive systems. Both feature the modular “ENERGY SPACE” body shell concept: the under body houses either the lithium-ion battery (B-Class Electric Drive) or one large and two smaller natural gas tanks and a 12‑liter petrol tank (B 200 Natural Gas Drive).
In terms of their exterior design, the B-Class Electric Drive and the B-Class Natural Gas Drive combine refined sportiness and aesthetics with powerful, taut lines.

 

B-Class Electric Drive: locally emission-free, chargeable in three hours
With its torquey electric motor, the B-Class Electric Drive offers lively and effortlessly superior fun at the wheel over a range of around 200 kilometers – all locally emission free. Full climate control for the interior as standard and some innovative optional extras, such as the recuperative braking system with radar support or the RANGE PLUS range extender, add to the car’s ride comfort and everyday practicality. The B-Class Electric Drive will be available to order from 3 November, with deliveries starting before the end of the year.
For the standard sprint from zero to 100 km/h, too, the electrically powered B-Class requires only 7.9 seconds.
Model
B-Class Electric Drive
B 200 Natural Gas Drive*
Number of cylinders/arrangement
4 in-line
Displacement (cc)
1991
Rated output (kW/hp at rpm)
132/180
115/156 at 5000
Rated torque (Nm at rpm)
340
270 at 1250-4000
Fuel consumption, combined, from
16.6 kWh/100 km
4.3 kg (4.2 kg)
Combined CO2 emissions from (g/km)
0
117 (115)
Efficiency class
A+
A (A)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)
7.9
9.2 (9.1)
Top speed (km/h)
160
200 (200)
*Figures for model with 7G-DCT in brackets

Mercedes 300SL “Gullwing” (W198 I)

mercedes 300sl

The Mercedes-Benz 300sl “Gullwing” was built from 1954 until 1957. The price was 29.000 “Deutsche Mark”, or about 69.753 Euro in today’s money. Come to think of it, it’s actually a bargain if you consider the price of today’s top sports cars. A total of 1400 “Gullwings” were built. The majority – about 1100 – exported to the USA. But if you are looking for one of this beauties today, you will have to invest somewhere between one and two MILLION Dollars.

Some figures:
Engine: 6-cylinder-inline engine (four-stroke), front-mounted
Displacement: 2996 cc
Max. Power @ rpm: 215 PS (158 kW; 212 hp) @ 5800
Max. Torque @ rpm: 274 Nm (202 lb·ft) @ 4600
Gearbox: 4-speed manual

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