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Mercedes-Benz NANOSLIDE Cylinders Explained

What is Mercedes-Benz NANOSLIDE?

NANOSLIDE is a Mercedes-Benz-patented technology that produces extremely smooth cylinder surfaces for crankcases in combustion engines. You may have stumbled upon the term If you are currently in the market for an efficient Mercedes-Benz diesel or a performance-laden Mercedes-AMG because the brand has been using NANOSLIDE for more than 10 years.

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Mercedes-Benz NANOSLIDE is a process in which iron and carbon wires are melted together and onto the surface of a cylinder. Similar to the way carbon fiber is made, NANOSLIDE produces lighter, stronger, and smoother material by process of interweaving the melted wires.


There are many benefits to NANOSLIDE. Because it is stronger, it makes the engine more reliable. The weight loss factor makes the engine more efficient and more agile. In fact, NANOSLIDE engines have been found to reduce friction by up to 50%. Really the only downfall is the obvious one; price.

AMG Engines

NANOSLIDE started as an AMG-exclusive technology. Its performance benefits make it perfect for the track because it will make an engine more powerful and help it last longer at full capacity. Today, you can’t buy a Mercedes-AMG without reaping the benefits of NANOSLIDE. The new 2017 Mercedes-AMG E43, for example, uses it to send 400 horsepower to all four wheels through a 9-speed transmission.


The other application of NANOSLIDE began in 2011. The efficiency benefits of NANOSLIDE prompted Mercedes-Benz to come up with BlueEFFICIENCY. This term has since evolved to BlueTEC, but new passenger diesel vehicles still use NANOSLIDE to boost EPA ratings. If you own a diesel Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, for example, you have NANOSLIDE bragging rights. Could NANOSLIDE be the Mercedes-Benz secret after all? Perhaps there is nothing else to it. What do you think? Sure the technology is complicated, but if other companies were doing this, would it take away the advantage that Mercedes-Benz has right now? Let us know!