The Mercedes-Benz F800 Style was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show this week. As a research design study, the vehicle could be pivotal for fans of the German brand. The car could be a preview of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class.
Engineers designed the car to be able to use two different powertrains, including a plug-in hybrid and a fuel cell. As a plug-in, the car uses a 300 PS (220 kW / 296 hp) V6 petrol engine mated to a 81 kiloWatt motor for a combined output of 409 PS (301 kW / 403 hp). The car is capable of running as an all-electric up to 120 km/h (75 mph), or to 249 km/h (155 mph) when using the engine. It is capable of a quick 0-60 mph (96.5 km/h) sprint of 4.7 seconds.
If built with a fuel cell, the concept's electric motor would be rated at 101 kW, producing up to 290 Nm of torque. Hydrogen in the four tanks reacts with an onboard oxygen supply to create an electrical current sent to the lithium-ion battery. Mercedes was not clear about what the vehicle's range.
The car features a flowing, modern design that uses modern LED lighting with an interesting front-end, and a stubbed rear. This leads to a length that is a bit over seven inches shorter than the current CLS.