1992 Mercedes-Benz 600
Available in 1 styles:  600SEL 4dr Coupe shown
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11 city / 15 hwy

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1992 Mercedes-Benz 600 5.0 3
$ 1,396-8,700
April 21, 1991
Superlatives come easy when describing the Mercedes-Benz 560SEL. The only real problem is where to begin.

Maybe one should start with A for automatic, which takes in virtually every operational phase of the car. Or maybe it is sufficient to say that the 560SEL is Mercedes-Benz's flagship S-class automobile, with the L standing for long wheelbase.

Mercedes builds cars that range from expensive to quite expensive. In return, it offers top-quality engineering and top-quality workmanship.

An SEL at $75,000 plus an option, freight and gas-guzzler tax is in the upper end of Mercedes' price scale. But stepping into one of these sedans is somewhat like entering a world of luxury.

There was a Teutonic atmosphere about the 560SEL that Mercedes-Benz provided for a test car. However, the design is such that it fits right into what U.S. owners desire.

Some of the controls have a touch of Germanic influence, but all are appropriately marked. In a very short period, a driver has full command of where everything is.

The initial impression that this car is big starts with the massive steering wheel. That's fortunate, because the 560's steering at slow maneuvering speed is heavy. But going fast it is pinpoint accurate, and it only takes three turns of the wheel to go from lock to lock (full right to full left or back).

The four-wheel independent suspension is superb, with the multilink rear suspension far superior to a solid axle housing. It translated into a ride in which there was only a sound of the tires going "thump-thump" over rough pavement. The tires, however, do sing a bit when the speed goes up.

American luxury-car owners accustomed to pillow-like seating may or may not find the firmer seating of the Mercedes to their liking. This is another Germanic influence, with Mercedes taking the position that firm seating is less fatiguing than soft seating.

A front center console makes the SEL a five-passenger vehicle. All five passengers have plenty of headroom and legroom, with unrestricted exit and entrance.

Also seemingly without restrictions is the way this 2-ton sedan goes when you tromp down on the accelerator pedal. No fuss or bother, just give it the throttle and it accelerates like a potent sports car.

A couple of unique features were a pair of individual lens wipers for the headlights, and the placing of the glove box in the center console. A passenger-side air bag occupies the usual glove-box location.

Somewhat puzzling was why the right-hand outside rear-view mirror was electronically adjustable but the left-hand mirror was adjusted manually. And if we had our druthers, we would opt for a tilt wheel.

The Mercedes 560SEL is a connoisseur's motor car that is designed for the buyer who justifies its cost. It fully represents the image of a Mercedes-Benz.

1992 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL Base price: $75,100 As tested: $80,025 Type: Front-engine, rear-drive, five-passenger, luxury sedan Engine: 5.6-liter, 1 6-valve 238-horsepower, fuel-injected V-8 Mileage: 14 mpg (city),17 mpg (highway) Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 7.4 secs. Length: 208.1 inches Wheelbase: 121.1 inchesCurb weight: 4,100 pounds Options: Automatic slip control Area dealers: World Wide Motors, McGeehan Motors

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