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Mercedes-Benz F800 Style

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Text: / Photos: Mercedez-Benz Press | posted February 24, 2010 16:43

Pioneering Technology and Elegance

Mercedes-Benz' F 800 Style research vehicle shows the future of premium automobiles from a new perspective, as the five-seat upper-range sedan combines highly efficient drive technologies with unparalleled safety and convenience features and an emotive design idiom, which interprets current Mercedes-Benz styling in line with the brand's hallmark attribute of cultivated sportiness.

The F 800 Style has two advanced drive units, the first consisting of a V6 gasoline engine with an output of approximately 300 hp with next-generation direct injection, as well as a hybrid module with an output of about 109 hp, bringing total power to around 409 hp. The lithium-ion battery with a storage capacity of >10 kWh can be recharged either at a charging station or a household power socket. Thanks to its powerful and high-torque hybrid module, in the city the F 800 Style can run exclusively on electricity and therefore without generating any local emissions. With the Plug-in Hybrid system, the F 800 can run purely on electricity for up to 30 kilometers.

The second drive unit is the F 800 Style equipped with an electric drive based on fuel cell technology. The vehicle's electric motor develops around 100 kW (136 hp) as well as a strong torque of approximately 290 Nm. The fuel cell generates the traction current by chemically reacting hydrogen with oxygen onboard the vehicle, producing water vapor in the process as the only emission.

Both variants of the 
F 800 Style therefore make locally emission-free mobility possible at the level of a premium-class automobile, while at the same time being fully suited for everyday driving and providing a dynamic driving experience.

"We are dedicated to reconciling our responsibility for the environment with practical customer utility in a fascinating automobile," says Dr. Thomas Weber, the Daimler Board of Management member responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "The new F 800 Style research vehicle combines this commitment to providing the leading innovative drive concepts with our traditional Mercedes strengths in the areas of design, safety, comfort, and outstanding performance."