• Mercedes-Benz S-Class (140 model series) (1991 - 1998).

The 140-series S-Class of 1991 was presented as the new flagship of the Mercedes-Benz brand.

In developing this model, the engineers and technicians focused their attention on maximum comfort – not least through larger dimensions and double glazing for optimised acoustic insulation.

This generation of the S-Class also introduced a pioneering safety innovation to the world of automotive engineering: the ESP Electronic Stability Programme, which has been available since 1995.

This innovative system reduces the risk of skidding in critical driving situations by means of selective brake application on individual wheels.


  • Petrol engines featuring four-valve technology and variably adjustable inlet camshafts
  • First Mercedes-Benz series production car with a twelve-cylinder engine, the brand's most powerful passenger car engine up to that point (600 SE, 600 SEL)
  • Premium-class 300 SD diesel available for the first time on the world markets
  • Systematically designed for a high level of recyclability
  • Total avoidance of chlorofluorocarbons
  • Five-speed automatic transmission with electronic management (standard on V8 and V12 models, from 1995)
  • Speed-sensitive power steering with speed-dependent steering torque
  • Insulating double glazing on side windows for maximum noise reduction
  • Automatic climate control with activated charcoal filter and CO/NOX sensors as standard equipment (S 600) or optional extra
  • Electrically folding exterior mirrors
  • Closing assist for doors and boot lid available as an optional extra
  • Headlamps with variable-focus reflectors
  • Electronics networked via CAN bus
  • Restraint system with automatic height adjustment
  • Side airbags for driver and front passenger (from 1996)
  • Adaptive Damping System (ADS) available as an optional extra
  • Elektronisches Stabilitäts-Programm ESP® als Serienausstattung (S 600, ab 1995) bzw. Sonderausstattung (S 420, S 500, ab 1995)
  • Brake Assist (BAS, from 1996)
  • PARKTRONIC electronic parking aid available as standard (S 600, from 1995) or as an optional extra (from 1995)
  • Auto Pilot System (APS) navigation system available as an optional extra (from 1995)
  • TELE-AID emergency call system available as optional extra (from 1997)
  • LINGUATRONIC voice control system available as an optional extra (from 1996)
  • Xenon headlamps with dynamic headlamp range control available as an optional extra (from 1996)