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Spotted in China: a perfect Mercedes-Benz S600 (W140)

Published on June 8, 2012 by Tycho de Feijter

Mercedes-Benz S600 (W140)

A 100% perfect Mercedes-Benz S600 seen right here in Beijing, not far from where I found a pink SLK, it was my lucky day indeed. The S600 was ready to win a prize, clean until the wheels and no rust at all. Keeping is safe from rust is easy in Beijing because it never rains, keeping if clean however is extremely difficult since this place is dusty like a desert.

Mercedes-Benz S600 (W140)

The W140 was the first S-class model available with a V12. The massive 6.0 liter ‘M120’ poops out 402hp and 580nm, good for a brutal 240 km/h top speed. The W140 was made from 1991 until 1998, it was also the first S-class that Mercedes-Benz officially sold in China. Sales were good, mostly to the government, big state owned companies and to expensive hotels, which were usually state-owned as well. There are still quite some W140’s around in Beijing, most are V8-powered S500’s, the sixes are very rare.

Mercedes-Benz S600 (W140)

Note license plate.

Mercedes-Benz S600 (W140)

Mercedes-Benz S600 (W140)

Wadda machine, best car in the world in its days, probably still close.

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  1. Robert- July 11, 2012 Reply

    Top speed is definitely more than 240 km/h. I’ve taken mine (the 402 hp one) to above 260 km/h before, and she still had juice left. And this one looks like a post-facelift (you can tell because of the grille and the fact that this one has parktronic/park assist), which means that the engine put out only 389 hp because of the deletion of full-throttle enrichment (due to emissions standards that changed around the world).

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