The 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is designed for style, luxury, and performance, while offering a choice between a coupe, which comes in two models, or a sedan, which comes in five. Most standard options for all models are the same, though the size of the engine is what differentiates them.
The 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe and sedan feature the S500 and S600, equipped respectively with a five-liter V-8 and six-liter V-12 engine. The S320 SWB and S320 LWB sedans feature a 3.2-liter V-6, and the S420 comes with a 4.2-liter V-8. The S320 comes in a choice of a short wheelbase (SWB) or long wheelbase (LWB), which refers to the distance between the front and rear axles.
Body Styles: coupe, sedan
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 4.2-liter V-8, 5.0-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz S320 SWB, Mercedes-Benz S320 LWB, Mercedes-Benz S420, Mercedes-Benz S500, Mercedes-Benz S600
All Mercedes-Benz S-Class models receive power glass sunroof and automatic climate control as standard features. New for V-8 and V-12 models is an electronic five-speed transmission, and the Electronic Stability Program is standard on V-12 models and optional for all V-8 models.
The 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes in either a four-door sedan or a two-door coupe, which keeps within the traditional cosmetics of the previous year. Having a distinguished look, it's a large luxury vehicle with exterior features including a chrome grill and 16-inch alloy wheels.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class provide standard interior features, which include power windows and door locks, Bose audio system, leather seating, leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, automatic climate control for the driver and passenger, and driver and passenger front airbags and side front airbags. Luxury standards also include a power sunroof, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power driver’s seat, and cruise control.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is known for performance; from the standard V-6 models, to the V-8 and powerful V-12 models, it all performs exceedingly well with little maintenance required. Better speeds can obviously be expected from the V-8 and V-12; meanwhile, the V-12 models also come equipped with the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) for better handling under adverse road conditions. ESP is optional on all V-8 models as well. Traction control, for increased handling, is also a standard feature on all models of the S-Class.
The 1996 Mercedes-Benz S-Class' list of safety features come standard and include driver and front passenger airbags, side front airbags, traction control, fog lights, anti-theft alarm system, and four-wheel Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS).
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz S320: 15/22 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz S420: 14/20 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz S500: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz S600: 11/19 mpg city/highway
- High-quality Bose audio system
- Stylish and luxurious design
- Long list of standard features
You Won't Like
- Parts for repair can be expensive
- Poor gas mileage, particularly for the V-12 models
Timeless design and luxury.
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