Mercedes has released information on a new concept car they are working on, the Mercedes F700. The idea is to create a car with limousine power, refinement, and luxury with super low fuel consumption. Basically it’s a new toy to make the rich feel better about using Mexicans to mow their enormous yards. But hey, that’s just me and it does look awfully pretty and futuristic.
The engine is a 1.8-litre four cylinder, with twin overhead camshafts with variable timing and two turbochargers acting independently according to a series of valves in the intake system. The fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and the air enters the combustion chambers via either of the two different-sized turbochargers and an inlet-charge cooler. There is also a swirl plate to induce the fuel to spread evenly throughout the combustion charge.
The design is described by Dr Günter Karl as a different approach to the problem. Sounds 007ish.
According to popular news media it looks like Daimler is being sued over a navigation patent in their 07-09 model Mercedes vehicles. WorldLogic Corp sued Mercedes for an 8.6% royalty per unit and a bonus for ‘willful’ infrintement. According to WorldLogic Mercedes has been aware of the infringement since 2005.
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Ladies and gentlemen, please start your drool sacks, introducing the all new 2009 Mercedes Benz SLK350. The 09 SLK is boasting some higher performance numbers and a slightly touched up styling. The convertible shown below is ready for summer and for those lucky enough to own one, it’s leaving people breathless in it’s path.
One of the few complaints about the new SLK350 is the new transmission, which replaced the manual of last year. The 7G-Tronic Manu-matic is not terrible, but still not a traditional manual that lets you rip through the gears…grinding if necessary. 🙂
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