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. S Class - W140 / V140 Information 

In March 1991 the new S-Class generation (designated internally as the 140 series) made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The body design incorporated the typical traditional Mercedes-Benz stylistic elements, enabling it to fit in seamlessly with the visual appearance of the company's other passenger car models. As had already been the case with the SL models in the 129 series, the trademark radiator grill of the new S-Class was given a new stylistic interpretation while retaining the traditional basic shape. This variation on a classic theme was designated the 'integrated radiator' and with its much narrower chrome frame the radiator shell was organically integrated into the engine cover. For the first time, the Mercedes star was positioned not on top of the radiator grill, but slightly to the rear on the bonnet. The overall aim of the design concept of the new S-Class generation was to achieve a high degree of aerodynamic quality while at the same time ensuring maximum everyday practicality. Continue reading...

At the Geneva Motor Show of March 1994 the S-Class saloons were presented with discreet stylistic modifications. A series of modified details gave the optical illusion of a lighter, better proportioned and more dynamic appearance – even though external dimensions remained unchanged. This was achieved by a distinctive 'tucking-in' of the lower parts of the bumpers and side skirts and by the horizontal subdivision of these surfaces by means of a swage line running all the way round. The effect was reinforced by modifying the design of the headlights and radiator protection grill. In the modified headlights with optimised variable-focus reflectors, which increased light output by 60 percent, the dipped-beam compartment was no longer separated by a central bar from the high-beam compartment, thus lending the illusion of greater breadth. This impression was underlined by the addition of colourless glass covers for the front turn indicator lights. The six and eight-cylinder models were given a newly designed, more slender radiator grill with a vertical articulation at the centre. For the V12 models there was also a special version with chrome-plated crossbars and an appreciably broader chrome frame. Design modifications to the rear end were also a significant factor in the harmonious overall impression conveyed by the S-Class. For example, the lower radii of the boot lid joints were rounded off in the same style as the coupé models. The taillight band was made broader beneath the rear lights and shaped to fit the new bichromatic design of the rear lights. This served to visually flatten off the height of the boot and to make the rear as a whole appear broader and lower set. Continue reading...