Mercedes-Benz F200

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Mercedes-Benz F 200 Imagination
MHV MB F200 Imagination 01.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Daimler-Benz
Body and chassis
Class Sports Car/Concept Car
Body style 2-door coupé
Layout FMR
Powertrain
Engine 6.0 L V12
Transmission 5-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic transmission

The Mercedes-Benz F 200 "Imagination" coupe was a concept study by then Daimler-Benz unveiled at the 1996 Paris Motor Show. The goal was to show off innovations in control, design, and comfort in passenger cars. The car's exterior design was in part based on the, then, upcoming S-Class. This 2-door coupe also previewed the CL-Class coupe, which debuted in 1999.[1]

Rear-side view, very similar to CL-Class C215

Innovations[edit]

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:[2]

Urban legend fame[edit]

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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