New Mercedes S-Class can turn the rear wheels 10 degreesSeptember 10, 2020
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class looks very special, and these photos showcase one particularly interesting aspect of the luxury four-door vehicle.
We are talking, of course, about the steering of all four wheels. While the S-Class has long been an industry leader with its innovative technologies, this is the first time it is sold with such a feature. This technology dates back to the mid to late 1980s, when Japanese automakers such as Mazda and Honda were the first to use all-wheel steering. It is currently featured in a wide variety of vehicles, from supercars like the Lamborghini Aventador to luxury cars like the BMW 7-Series.
The system used in the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is particularly interesting in the fact that its optional rear-axle steering technology can steer the rear wheels 10 degrees in the opposite direction to the front at low speeds. By comparison, the 991-generation Porsche 911, which pioneered rear-axle steering in today’s powerful cars, only steers the rear wheels 2.8 degrees in the opposite direction at low speeds at low speeds.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is exactly the type of vehicle that can benefit from increased agility, and when an optional rear-axle steering system is installed, the turning radius of the long-wheelbase 4WD model is reduced.
Of course, there are many other features that make the new S-Class a lot better than the previous model. For example, it is equipped with Level 3 autonomous driving features that use the new Drive Pilot system to control the vehicle in certain road conditions, including heavy traffic or on suitable motorway sections in Germany, using lidar and a variety of other sensors.
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