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http://www.mbusa.com/brand/container.jsp?/models/main.jsp&modelCode=S350V


well here they come... finally
 

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So let me get this straight, MB only had an S430, S500, S600 and S55 AMG for the year 2005?

I remember them having a S320 before they redesigned the S-class.

Won't this S350 be slightly underpowered for such a large vehicle?

Excuse my ignorance on the S-class.
 

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I actually thought about the same thing. I am geussing MB is targeting 55+ year old men with no need for superb acceleration and dont have enough in their retirement fund to buy say an S430 or S500 that can cost 15-20 grand more. I can see why it is a good idea because my fatherinlaw fits this description perfectly and i just told him about it and he seemed interested[;)]. I geuss MB thinks most in this age group just dont have the need it for somthing with a V8 and a sticker of $80 grand.(hehe but i sure do!)

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I wouldn't say it's underpowered. First time I took it on the Autobahn, this E-class diesel made some trouble. And while it took a bit longer than I'd thought, once above 220 km/h or so, I lost him. Cruising at 250 on the tach is no problem, and lots of cars are electronically limited at around there anyways... ;-)
 

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Why is the E350 more powerful then the S350?
 

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the new (to the us market) 2006 s350 is a short wheelbase version of the larger s430, s500, s600 (and amg models, yada).

the s350 is roughly five inches shorter (in overall length and wheelbase) all coming from the rear seat leg room area. by >>rough<< comparisons of leg room (front and rear), the s350 will have about the same leg room as the current e-class.

if you want specifics, go to the mbusa site; it has all the dimensions information you'll need to carry out your research. cheers.
 

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Thanks ajm! The shorter the vehicle, the less heavier it is which means that it shouldn't have any problems accelerating.

From this picture on MB's website, I would never have guessed that the S350 was actually shorter. Excellent.
 

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a wee bit lighter ,,,

s350 curb weight: 3,980lbs/ 1805kg
s500 curb weight: 4,170lbs/ 1891kg (and an additional 200lbs for a s500 w/4matic)
 

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Bottom feeders line up!!

Atleast my S430 will not seem like it's holding up the rear.
 
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