Mercedes-Benz 240
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Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 240
Mercedes-Benz 240

The Mercedes-Benz 240 is a chassis that was used on a Maybach badged automobile. This was the first automobile model by the Maybach brand since the brand's revival by DaimlerChrysler. The 240 was derived from the Mercedes-Benz Maybach concept car presented at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show. And the concept car itself was based on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan. Yes, this is all very confusing to understand, and perhaps that was Mercedes-Benz's plan when they sat down to name their automobiles. To clarify, the S commonly used by Benz, stands for "special" and not for "sport". On the other hand, at lest with Benz, one knows exactly what they are getting as opposed to the companies that rebadge and rebadge the same vehicle again and again. That just simply isn't an option for Benz. DaimlerChrysler revealed the Benz 240(Maybach 57 S) at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. It uses a 6.0 L version of the V12 engine produced by Mercedes-AMG. Power output is said to be 604 hp, providing a zero to sixty acceleration time of less than 5 second. Additionally, it rides 0.5 in lower on 20 in wheels giving it great cornering control. North America was introduced to the model at the Los Angeles Auto Show in January 2006 where the press was very pleased with what they saw. Prior, in 2005, there was talk of a smaller, cheaper 240 (Maybach 51); although this has not been confirmed by Benz or Maybach and the plans are currently unknown. On a side note, the firm Brabus, famous for high-performance and stylistic aftermarket modifications to Mercedes-Benz automobiles, fashioned a version of the 240. It adds significant performance as well as features and style to the model. The only down side is that the model is electronically limited to a top speed of 186 miles/hour. But really, is that all that bad?

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