1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

  • 1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S320 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      24
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      228/232
    • ENGINE
      3.2L I6
    • MSRP
      $63,300
  • 1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S420 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      275/295
    • ENGINE
      4.2L V8
    • MSRP
      $73,900
  • 1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      315/347
    • ENGINE
      5.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $91,900
  • 1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      22
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      315/347
    • ENGINE
      5.0L V8
    • MSRP
      $91,900
  • 1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S600 Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      389/421
    • ENGINE
      6.0L V12
    • MSRP
      $133,300
  • 1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S600 Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      20
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      389/421
    • ENGINE
      6.0L V12
    • MSRP
      $133,300
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1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

Mercedes-Benz luxury, style, and performance.

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Overview

The 1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class provides one of the most prestigious luxury vehicles on the market. It marks the top-of-the-line offering from Mercedes-Benz with good reason. The S-Class offers refinement, quality, and performance that dwarf almost anything on the market. Powerful acceleration, excellent handling, and high performance come with all models, regardless of the options selected.

Beyond the expected high price commanded by luxury vehicles, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class does not suffer from any significant flaws. The luxury market remains highly competitive, especially in the price range of the S-Class, but it still makes for an excellent vehicle that offers more than enough to justify the price tag. No driver should regret purchasing an S-Class thanks to its excellent performance, refined design, luxury appointments, and smooth ride.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, coupe
Engines: 3.2-liter six-cylinder, 4.2-liter eight-cylinder, 5.0-liter eight-cylinder, 6.0-liter twelve-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz S320 SWB, Mercedes-Benz S320 LWB, Mercedes-Benz S420, Mercedes-Benz S500, Mercedes-Benz S600

What's New

Side curtain airbags come standard equipment on the 1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Parktronic sensors provide an optional feature. The S320 receives automatic slip reduction (ASR) traction control.

Exterior

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class sells as a sedan or a two-door coupe. Both look elegantly styled with a sleek, European design. Alloy wheels and power heated mirrors come standard while headlight cleaners remain available as an option.

Interior

The S-Class comes well-equipped with luxury features. Power leather seats, cruise control, automatic climate control, leather trim, Bose audio, auto-dimming mirrors, and a cassette player comprise the standard equipment. Heated seats, a power rear sunshade, four-zone climate control, and front and rear parking sensors remain available as optional features on the 1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Performance & Handling

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class provides excellent performance and handling compared to almost anything on the road. The smallest engine option, a 3.2-liter six-cylinder, provides 228 horsepower, while the largest, a six-liter twelve-cylinder, reaches 389 hp. Regardless of engine choice the 1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class offers more power than a number sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks. Each S-Class vehicle provides fast acceleration and a high top speed. The powerful acceleration gets backed up by agile handling that lets the driver maneuver with ease.

Safety

All 1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class models come equipped with dual front airbags, side-curtain airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, stability control, and traction control as standard equipment. The S-Class can also potentially avoid some accidents due to fast acceleration and excellent maneuverability.

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: 11/17 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz S500 Coupe: 14/20 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz S600 Coupe: 11/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent construction
  • Elegant interior
  • Six-, eight-, and twelve-cylinder engine options

You Won't Like

  • Tight competition in this price range

Sum Up

Mercedes-Benz luxury, style, and performance.

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