by R.M. Clarke
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The new range of S-Class cars (W126) was launched in 1979 with the first UK cars arriving in autumn 1980. These had a new body although still looking like other recent bodies to an untrained eye. The new wedge shape with less weight helped with fuel economy whilst retaining the comfort. The wheelbase was increased and the body to boot size relationship changed. Automatic was standard on all V8 engined cars.
Within a year the "Energy Concept" engines were introduced, and in 1985 all the engines were revised with a single-cam, 3-litre and a 4.2 V8. A 5-litre was re-introduced in late 1987. The coupes were produced within a year of the saloons. This is a book of contemporary road and comparison tests, specification and technical data, new model introductions, driver's reports, buying second hand, long term tests, touring.
Models covered include: 280, 300, 380, 420, 500, 560, SD, SE, SEL, SEC, AMG and Koenig.
Brooklands Books Ltd "Road Test" books provide a wide range and collection of road tests, comparison tests, new model introductions, long term tests, and other articles taken from the world's leading motoring magazines. The Limited Edition series deal mostly with makes and models of a highly specialised nature and are generally printed in small quantities. Each book has 92 pages and around 200 illustrations.
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