At Mercedes-Benz, we're not interested in building cars that are merely powerful or fast. Instead, we choose to engineer automobiles that combine the many facets of performance to create something extraordinary: sensations that can't be expressed in horsepower and torque. Because to us, cars aren't just machines. And what they make us feel can't be measured.


Ever since Carl Benz introduced the Patent Motorwagen in 1886, the engine has provided the spark for automotive performance and for the automobile itself. Today, that spark takes many forms at Mercedes-Benz, from sporty four cylinders and powerful V-8s, to economic clean diesels and advanced hybrids. Every one of them engineered for exceptional power, responsiveness and efficiency.


Since their job is to transfer power from the engine to the wheels, transmissions play a pivotal role in any vehicle’s performance. Mercedes-Benz transmissions are particularly adept at harnessing output so that it can be delivered quickly, smoothly and efficiently when called upon.


At Mercedes-Benz, we believe a responsive ride and a comfortable one aren’t mutually exclusive. So we engineer suspensions that adapt not merely to the road surface, but also to driving style – delivering the right balance of athleticism and composure based on the situation.


Engineered to grab you, not to mention the road. Our vehicles are designed to distribute weight so they both hold the road and deliver a rewarding surge during acceleration. They’re also equipped with Electronic Stability Program (ESP®), a traction-control system we unveiled in 1995 that has become an industry standard. Then there’s our legendary 4MATIC all-wheel drive technology, which continually redistributes power to the wheels with the best grip – even if it’s only one of them. Available or standard in no less than 21 vehicles across ten of our model families,4MATIC offers additional confidence and control, whether you’re on-road or off.


While acceleration may get all the attention, deceleration is just as important in the performance equation – and often, even more so. That’s why the Mercedes-Benz adaptive braking system includes a range of technologies designed for not only quick, but precise, stopping.