Mercedes’ new plug-in S-Class goes to exceptional lengths

The S 580 e has an official electric-only range of 102 kilometres, while its fast-charging capability means it can be topped up in just 20 minutes

Mercedes S 580 e: turbocharged 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine and a 110kW electric motor give a combined maximum power output of 510hp

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the German company’s range-topping saloon, a luxurious car in any of its guises, and a vehicle that is extensively used as a limousine in its long-wheelbase form.

Diesel power has dominated sales of the S-Class across Europe for many years, as its buyers require a car that is effortlessly quick – as provided by large, torque-rich diesel engines – yet frugal enough to drive long distances in comfort without annoyingly frequent ...