Mercedes-Benz S-Class (126 model series) (1979 - 1991).

  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class (126 model series) (1979 – 1991)

  • 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.

    Highlights.

    • 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

    Highlights.

    • 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

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