Having made a stunning debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Mercedes-Benz F125 concept car is a bold new generation of hybrid coupé and an evolution of the S-Class. It took centre stage on the manufacturer’s stand, displaying a confidence and aggression matched by the hydrogen engine, lithium-sulphur battery and F-CELL plug-in technology rumoured for a potential production version. Drivers everywhere are desperately hoping that this cutting-edge model will launch on UK roads in the near future.
The boldest new design feature of the F125 is its large and elongated gullwing doors, which look stunning in motion and provide full access to the inside. Mercedes-Benz has drawn inspiration from several of its previous road cars and concepts in building the new model, keeping the four-seat cabin layout of last year’s F800 Style and the sculptured look of the CLS. The F125 offers a roomy 470-litre boot that slides out for handy loading, and a foldable front seat to give rear passengers reclining space.
Futuristic gesture-activated controls give the driver intuitive command over the model’s primary functions. With a wave of the hand, the wipers can be instantly activated, and a thumb flick left or right triggers the indicators on each side – whoever’s in the driving seat will feel like they’re in a sci-fi movie with each movement they make.
Through the efficient 313bhp engine and no less than four electric motors, the F125 is expected to clock a 0-60 time of just 4.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 137mph. It will also travel up to 621 miles on a full tank, and the carbon fibre structure of the tank keeps the hydrogen stable at high compression levels. At lower speeds, battery power alone will take the vehicle up to 31 miles before activating the fuel cell, and the F125’s peak level of fuel economy is the equivalent of an exceptional 105 MPG from a standard diesel car. To keep the model highly efficient, Mercedes-Benz has shaved a whopping 300kg off the weight of the concept by using aluminium and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic to build the chassis.