Mercedes Shows A New V6 Engine


Published on June 21st, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Mercedes Shows A New V6 Engine

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Mercedes-Benz has decided to very quietly introduce an entirely new engine on the CLS facelift in both Coupe and Shooting Brake guise, because the new “400” models are not using the M276 DELA 30 powerplant as we initially thought it does. Despite developing the exact same 333 hp and 480 Nm (354 lb ft) of torque as the M276 DELA 30 in the Mercedes-Benz E 400, this is not the same engine used on the E-Class.

Internally codenamed M276 DELA 35, the all-new V6 sports a 3.498 cc displacement compared with the 2996 cc of the M276 DELA 30 from the Mercedes-Benz E 400.

Since both the horsepower and the torque are identical between the two powerplants, one would inquire as to what exactly is the advantage of the larger one. Well, to answer that we have to look at another difference, which is brought by the much lower charging pressure of the 3.5-liter engine. While the three-liter V6 has a rather high 1.8 bar (26.1 psi) charging pressure, the new 3.5-liter achieves the same power output with just 0.7 bar (10.2 psi) of charging pressure from the two turbochargers.

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This results in the same power output but a slightly smaller fuel consumption, with the CLS 400 using just 10 liters of fuel per 100 km (23.5 mpg), while the E 400 has to make do with 10.4 liters per 100 km (22.6 mpg).

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