Press Release) At the International Motor Show in Geneva,
Mercedes-Benz, the inventor of the diesel engine for passenger cars,
is showing the future of the modern diesel engine and its wide range
of possible uses. In mid-2005, Mercedes-Benz will become the first
automobile brand in the world to equip all of its diesel passenger
cars with particulate filters as standard. This
initiative will not only apply to Germany; it will also be in effect
in Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
In Geneva, seven
gleaming silver show cars, including even purebred sports cars such
as the SL- and SLK-Classes, represent the most advanced diesel
technology. At the same time, these vehicles are the latest
highpoint in the extraordinary development of the diesel.
The new drive in the
Vision SL 400 CDI also belongs to Mercedes-Benz’ third generation of
CDI engines. To create this system, the engineers took the familiar
four-litre V8 diesel and enhanced many of its components while also
adding state-of-the-art piezo injectors, new turbochargers and an
optimised water/charge-air cooling system. Taken together, all of
these measures allow the engine to bring forth its power and torque
in an even more harmonious fashion. The SL 400 CDI accelerates from
zero to 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds. As such, this diesel sports car
justifiably bears the legendary letters “SL”.