It’s damn exciting when a luxury brand auto maker like Mercedes-Benz drops a concept vehicle on our laps. And they did just that back in 2010 in Geneva. The F800 is a fine looking car. The car is muscular and aggressive but sexy and sleek all at once. And its loaded with more technology than some airliners.
The F800 designed to comfortably seat five passengers and have no problems getting them around with its 300 horespower, direct-injected gasoline V6 engine and a 109-hp electric motor. All that power is managed by means of a seven-speed automatic transmission. Mercedes is claiming the gas and electric hybrid F800 is totaling for 409hp. They also told us the concept was pulling 0-60 in 4.7 seconds and a top end speed at 155mph. Running on just electric power the F800 has an alleged top speed of 75 mph and a range of only 18 miles. The lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged at a standard household current or any available charging station.
According to Mercedes its F-Cell technology could also be adapted to the F800. This would bundle a 136hp rear drive electric motor generates 214 pound-feet of torque with a fuel cell stack. This would dampen range anxiety since this system would be capable of 375 miles.
The Mercedes-Benz F800 is implemented with a variety of leading edge advanced technologies. Like the enhanced version of the automaker’s COMAND system with a touchpad interface. A camera records images of the user’s hand on the pad. A transparent image of your hand is shown over the menu functions. All functions are operated by applying slight pressure to the touchpad. Much like an iPhone or iPad. Mercedes claims the system, reduces driver distraction as it controls functions like the climate, audio, phone, navigation and Internet functions.
Mercedes-Benz’s Distronic adaptive cruise control has additionally been enhanced. It’s been renamed Distronic Plus Traffic Jam Assistant and the system is now capable of automatically steering and following another vehicle into a curve at speeds up to 25 mph. All while regulating the distance between the two vehicles. For the F800 Mercedes-Benz also implements the PreSafe 360-degree collision avoidance system. This extends monitoring behind the vehicle and will automatically engage the brakes before any possible rear-end collision.
Staying ahead of the trend curve the Mercedes-Benz F800 has easy access that combine traditionally hinged front doors and rear pivot-and-slide doors that open along the rear quarter panels. To go along with all this leading edge technology is a very space age interior that, like most concept cars, will never see the light of day. But you can guarantee Mercedes-Benz will utilize virtually every other aspect of design and technological engineering they are showing off in the F800.