Mercedes-Benz F200

Mercedes-Benz F200

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The Mercedes-Benz F 200 "Imagination" coupe was a concept study by then DaimlerChrysler unveiled at the 1996 Paris Motor Show. The goal was to show off new innovations in control, design, and comfort in passenger cars. The car's exterior design was in part based on the S-Class.

Innovations

One of the unique innovations was the implementation of "Sidesticks". Sidesticks were a drive by joystick design (rather than the conventional steering wheel and gas/brake pedals) that could be toggled between the driver and passenger. Other innovations included:
  • Butterfly doors (to be utilized in the later Mercedes-Benz 2003 SLR McLaren)
  • Electro-transparent panoramic roof class (to be utilized in the later 2002 Maybach 62)
  • Video cameras in the place of rear view mirrors


Urban legend fame

In the early 2000s, the F 200 gained popularity as pictures of it were being mass mailed out under the subject of "The New Benz - very different... really different!". Many of the emails incorrectly claimed the car to be the new "SCL600". The intent of the email was to draw sarcasm from the radical designs of the car and its Sidesticks control system.

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