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Mercedes E-Active Body Control has five processors, 20 sensors, 1,000 adjustments/second

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Active Body Control technology behaves differently depending on the mode the driver selects.

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The next-gen Mercedes-Benz S-Class is available with E-Active Body Control suspension technology that is designed to predictively adapt to different driving situations, analyzing information at the rate of 1,000 times per second.

The system enhances the car with a variety of equipment and technology. It adds semi-supporting hydropneumatics to the air suspension. The air springs bear the base load of the vehicle body and gradually regulate the level of the model. As explained by Mercedes, "The hydropneumatics generate dynamic forces that overlay the air suspension forces, and actively support and dampen the vehicle body."

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class The technology is designed to better the experience for the driver and passengers.Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

Each wheel has a damper that is installed inside the axle. That damper's two working chambers have an adjustable damping valve and a hydraulic pressure reservoir. Each damper is connected to an iltelligent motor/pump that works via attachment to the car's 48-volt network by hydraulic lines. The motor/pump regulates the flow of hydraulic fluid, enabling adjustment. All four motors/pumps are coordinated by a central control unit.

The system utilizes five processors, 20 sensors, and a stereo camera to work. In addition not absorbing bumps, the system counters body roll, pitch, and lift.

While in Comfort driving mode, the road surface scan uses the camera to monitor the road surface ahead of the vehicle. The system then utilizes spring struts to reduce body movement. In Curve driving model, the car is allowed to lean into the bends. Mercedes says that the Curve driving mode is helpful for passengers with sensitive stomachs.

When opting for E-Active Body. Control, buyers also have access to new Pre-Safe functionality. When a lateral collision is detected, the vehicle body can be raised by the suspension within a few tenths of a second. This move directs the forces of the impact towards the most resistant structures in the lower area of the vehicle. This can lessen the amount of impact passed onto the cabin and its passengers.

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BMW sends its V12 engine off in style

BMW will build its final V12 engine this June.

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Most automakers are focused on building EVs and extracting the best fuel economy from gas engines possible, so it’s not surprising to hear that BMW is pulling the plug on one of its biggest and most iconic engines. In June 2022, BMW will build its very last V12 engine for use in a super-limited-production special edition 7 Series model. The ultra-rare cars will carry a starting price of $200,995.

BMW 760i xDrive The last V12 will power a very special (and very expensive) 7 Series car.BMW

Only twelve lucky customers will have the option to nab a V12-powered BMW, which will be called the M760i xDrive. Displacing 6.6 liters, the twin-turbocharged beast produces a massive 601 horsepower. An eight-speed sport automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. BMW says the powertrain is strong enough to push the hefty 7 Series car to 60 mph from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds.

The final-run cars will feature little more than a special “V12” badge at the rear to differentiate them from standard 7 Series models. Inside, the car features a serialized plaque with the car’s production number out of the 12 units planned. The engine itself features a nameplate with “The Final V12.”

Beyond the badges, BMW’s 12-cylinder last-hurrah will come standard with 20-inch M double-spoke wheels, a choice of any available BMW full Merino leather color, M Sport brakes with black or blue calipers, a panoramic LED roof, remote control parking, a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system, and adaptive LED headlights.

BMW 760i xDrive Only 12 of the cars will be built, with a starting price of more than $200,000.BMW

Though it hasn’t been BMW’s most popular engine over the years, the V12 has been a part of the automaker’s catalog for 35 years. The first 12-cylinder engine showed up in 1987, producing 295 horsepower in the original 750iL sedan.

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The iX M60 will hit dealers' lots in June 2022.

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BMW's electric vehicle catalog is growing rapidly as the automaker rolls out new electrified cars and SUVs. The latest is the iX M60, a red-hot five-seat SUV with sleek styling and a spectacular list of standard features. BMW announced the new SUV this week, along with pricing and release date details.

The iX M60 is BMW's first performance-oriented electric SUV, though BMW calls it a sports activity vehicle, or SAV. Its powertrain has been massaged to produce up to 610 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque. Maximum power delivery is limited to times when the vehicle's launch control is activated, but even the "normal" numbers are impressive: In regular driving situations, the iX puts down 532 horsepower and 749 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration to 60 mph takes 3.6 seconds and the iX M60 can go on to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph.

2023 BMW iX M60 Though extremely sporty, BMW doesn't shy away from using loads of luxurious finishes and materials. BMW

The iX brings more than performance, as its charging capabilities are quite strong. Using AC power, the vehicle can charge from 0-100 percent in 10.25 hours on its fastest setting. Using its fastest DC power setting, the iX can charge from 10 to 80% in just 35 minutes.

Two electric motors power the SUV, which provide standard all-wheel drive. Dual-axle air suspension is standard, along with electronically-controlled shock absorbers. BMW says that the air suspension is controlled individually at each wheel, so the vehicle can adjust ride height in several ways to maintain stability and remain level in corners.

2023 BMW iX M60 The vehicle can run from 0-60 mph in under four seconds and features standard AWD.BMW

When it goes on sale in June, 2022, the 2023 BMW iX M60 will have a starting price of $106,095, which includes a $995 destination charge. That's a flagship price tag, but the SUV's got the performance and a flagship-level list of standard features. That six-figure dollar amount buys 21-inch wheels, heated and ventilated front seats, wireless phone charging, AC fast charging, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, four-zone automatic climate controls, and more.

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