The semi-active AIRMATIC DC (Dual Control) air suspension smoothes out the bumps in the road that get transferred to the suspension and occupants. The electronics provide four different damping stages (Adaptive Damping System ADS II), which automatically adjust the damping force at each wheel to the requirements and road conditions at any given moment.
On poor surfaces the body can be raised manually by approx. 25 mm. It is automatically adjusted back to its normal level after a speed of approx. 80 km/h is maintained over a long period or where a speed of approx. 120 km/h is exceeded. The basic settings for the AIRMATIC DC can be selected at the touch of a button with a choice of "comfortable", "sporty-comfortable" and "sporty" modes.
Thanks to the Adaptive Damping System ADS II the body roll is automatically reduced when cornering, providing added driving pleasure. If the sensors detect a sporty driving style, the comfort-oriented damping set-up is automatically adjusted to become more rigid. The system also features all-round self-levelling suspension, which also provides virtually constant ground clearance even where the car is fully laden and, in turn, more stability and dynamism. At high speeds the body is automatically lowered in order to reduce pitch and roll, and lower wind resistance.
AIRMATIC DC comes as standard in the E 500, in the E 500 4MATIC and in the E 63 AMG and is available as an option for all other models.