I usually prefer a big sedan like the S-Class to be black, but apparently white exterior works quite nicely as well. Diamond White exterior with the 20″ Behes alloys make the big and luxurious S-Class sedan look a bit sportier. However, we haven’t come here to make a judgement on the car’s outlook, but to try it’s new engine, which sounds something completely else than a sporty. Now, for the first time in S-Class history there is a 4-cylinder engine available, and it’s a diesel.
A brand-new premium-class vehicle generation was presented to the public in September 1972. The first officially designated Mercedes-Benz S-Class – internal designation W 116 – replaced the W 108/109 series and was initially comprised of three models: the 280 S, 280 SE and 350 SE. The 280 S and 280 SE models featured the six-cylinder M 110 engine with dual overhead camshafts that had made its debut in the W 114. Six months later the S-Class saloon was also offered with the larger 4.5-litre V8 engine in parallel to the 450 SL and 450 SLC. At the same time the 450 SEL was introduced, its wheelbase lengthened by an extra 100 millimetres; as with its predecessor models, the additional space served to increase legroom in the rear. The long version was also available from November 1973 as a 350 SEL and from April 1974 as a 280 SEL.