GIR Erster Beitrag: 13. September 2003 Letzter Beitrag: 11. Oktober 2003 MB has a new generation engine's ready, with the following features: * Direct injected gasoline * 4 valves per cylinder * Variable valvetiming * Counter directional balanceshaft The counter directional balanceshaft rotates in the oposite direction of the actual shaft so it cancels out any vibration. MB claims they can get it upto 8k rpm and still have a very quiet and calm engine. No performance numbers are available and it's not known how many variations of this engine there will be. The engines will be introduced on the C and CLK first. Apart from the new line of engines we can expect the following from MMB: - Pre-Safe phase II with prefined reaction - Intelligent front airbags with early warning system - New air suspension with integrated damping - Automatic lane keeping - Steer-by-wire - ESP with active steering intervention - Park assistant with automatic brake intervention - Night vision device with infrared camera on inside rear-view mirror - Air condition with integrated cold storing device - 12-Volt starter-alternator with start-stop function - Enhanced speech operation - Improved pedestrian protection It is rumored that MB has a full frontscreen fullcolor HUD available for the IR cam. As jaguar has proven many years ago IR cams and HUD's improve roadsafety at night considerably. Too bad Jaguar never mass produced their system.