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Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class To Get Magic Carpet Ride...Control

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Next-Gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class To Get Magic Carpet Ride...Control

By Nelson Ireson

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September 8th, 2010

Lurking under the surface of some of the industry's top luxury sedans is a range of active suspension systems. Some are as simple as variable-rate anti-roll bars, others up the ante with magneto-rheological or air-ride dampers and complex electronic controls. Somewhere in the future lies Mercedes-Benz's next development: Magic Body Control.

No, it's not a Victoria's Secret product, and as far as we can tell, it doesn't use any actual magic. But it may give you a boost of self confidence and hint of the heeby-jeebies anyway.

Using hydraulic bushings to modulate the car's suspension, Magic Body Control seeks to strike a perfect balance between comfort and control, actively canceling out unwanted feedback while preserving the feel the driver needs. It will first appear on the next-generation 2013 S-Class.

Previewed on the Mercedes-Benz F700 Concept, the system was actually first used on a Mercedes race car for the World Sportscar Championship--a car piloted by Michael Schumacher. Unlike the racing version, however, the production Magic Body Control is tuned to deliver handling while minimizing noise, vibration, and harshness, the Axis of Evil of luxury car suspension tuning.

The Magic Body Control technology is a joint development between Daimler and ZF, and so far Mercedes is crowing about the system's results. The Magic Body Control system will make its debut in the 2012 and 2013 S-Class and CL-Class ranges. A dynamically-tinted glass system for the SLK called Magic Sky Control will kick off the new magic-themed tech developments at Mercedes, due to arrive in 2011.

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http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1049113_next-gen-mercedes-benz-s-class-to-get-magic-carpet-ride-control

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smk4565    321

Sounds impressive, and cars for the rest of us will get this in 2035, so I can't wait. It would be pretty sweet if the S-class offered actual magic as well.

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smk4565    321

It looks like Mercedes doesn't want the S-class to lose its crown as the top full size luxury sedan. The constant innovation and ability to come up with stuff no one else has is what has kept the S-class the leader for so long. The S-class pretty much debuts it, other top luxury cars copy it 5 years later, then another 5 years after that the middle class cars get the technology. That is why it is so hard to dethrone it, no one can jump ahead of the curve.

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balthazar    1,882

At least Autronic Eye sounds mechanical/electrionic; 'Magic Body Control' sounds like a 3-word summary of the plot to an especially bad '70s porno.

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Paolino    99

Well, at least they have a few songs to choose from for the commercials.

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