The 126-series S-Class impressed with its aerodynamically optimized form and systematic weight savings.
In 1979, the 126-series S-Class impressed with its aerodynamically optimized form and systematic weight savings through the use of, for example, new light alloy V8 engines. The new S-Class was also a trendsetter in terms of design.
The airbag, now a key element of automotive safety, made its debut in the S-Class of 1981, thereby finding its way into series production.
The driver’s airbag was initially combined with a pyrotechnic belt tensioner for the front seat passenger. From 1988 onwards, Mercedes-Benz also offered its customers a front-seat passenger airbag.
Bodyshell with forked longitudinal member, first series production vehicle worldwide to meet the offset crash requirements
Lower drag coefficient of Cd = 0.37
New V8 engines with light-alloy block
Closed-loop catalytic converter available as an optional extra (from 1985) or as standard (from 1986)
Driver's airbag and belt tensioner for front passenger available as an optional extra (from 1981)
Front passenger airbag (from 1988)
Electrically adjustable steering column available as an optional extra (from 1985)
Automatic locking differential available as an optional extra for the six-cylinder models (from 1985)
ASR (acceleration slip regulation) available as an optional extra for the V8 models (from 1985)
To this day the most successful high-end, luxury Mercedes-Benz saloon