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2015 Mercedes Benz S550 Coupe Front End 02
Riverside, Illinois – Each time you walk toward the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe, you notice something new, some intricacy that charms you. It might be the way the crossbar magically floats in the front grille like the image of an airplane propeller. Or maybe it’s the dramatic bodyline that starts above the front wheel, then slowly fades away before reaching the rear wheel. Or maybe it’s the pillarless bubble top framed in brushed aluminum (my personal favorite). The Mercedes S550 Coupe invites your attention instead of screaming for it. It has a refined, subdued sexiness, not a bold, bright-red-lipstick sexiness.
2015 Mercedes Benz S550 Coupe Side Profile 01
"“It has a refined, subdued sexiness, not a bold, bright-red-lipstick sexiness.”"
This is true not only for its exterior but also its leather-swathed interior, which neatly incorporates not one but two huge LCD displays, a panoramic sunroof, a Burmester audio system, touchpad controls for the infotainment system, and LEDs that provide soft, red ambient light on the dashboard at night. Massaging front seats and a surround-view camera system are part of the $3,500 Premium package; a heated steering wheel, a heated center armrest, and heated seats and door armrests are part of the $1,990 Warmth and Comfort package; and a night-vision system with an infrared camera that can detect animals and pedestrians costs $2,260.
Push the matte silver starter button and the S550 Coupe’s twin-turbo V-8 clears its throat with a grumble before settling into an almost silent idle after just a few seconds. Ease onto the accelerator pedal, and the big-body coupe pulls away smoothly and, as lame as it might sound, with majesty. It’s surreal how comfortable and civilized the S550 Coupe can be. Can. Be.
2015 Mercedes Benz S550 Coupe Rear Three Quarter
Push the accelerator hard into the plush, high-pile carpeting, and the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe stops whispering and starts screaming, discarding all its refinement in favor of down and dirty speed. The 449-hp twin-turbo V-8 with 516 lb-ft of torque makes guttural noises you didn’t know it could make. All-wheel drive means traction isn’t an issue, and zero to 60 mph comes in 4.5 seconds, which gives those big, cross-drilled brake rotors purpose.
2015 Mercedes Benz S550 Coupe Top View
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe is subtly seductive, highly sophisticated, and startlingly savage. It’s beautiful.

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic Coupe Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $120,825/$135,375 base/as tested
Engine: 4.7L twin-turbocharged DOHC 32-valve V-8/449 hp @ 5,250-5,550 rpm, 516 lb-ft @ 1,800-3,500 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Layout: 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, AWD coupe
EPA Mileage: 16/24 mpg (city/hwy)
Suspension F/R: Multilink, air springs/multilink, air springs
Brakes F/R: Drilled vented discs
Tires F/R: 245/40R-20/275/35R-20 Goodyear Eagle F1
L x W x H: 197.9 x 74.7 x 55.8 in
Wheelbase: 115.9 in
Headroom F/R: 37.1/36.9 in
Legroom F/R: 41.7/33.4 in
Shoulder Room F/R: N/A
Cargo Room: 10.4 cu ft
Towing: N/A
Weight: 4,707 lb
Weight Dist. F/R: N/A
0-60 MPH: 4.5 sec
1/4-Mile: N/A
Top Speed: 130 mph (electronically limited)
Bentley Flying Spur Vs. Mercedes Benz S600 Vs. Rolls Royce Ghost Series Ll
Innsbruck, Austria—The Bentley Flying Spur, Mercedes-Benz S600, and Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II are three of the most comfortable cars on Earth. But right now, palms are sweating and tires are squealing. We’re pushing these cars out of their comfort zones to figure out which one most deserves space in a supercar garage. It’s a tough choice not only because these lavishly equipped chariots are so superlative but also because they are so different from one another. Sure, all three have smooth V-12s, and all three command terrifying list prices. But the Flying Spur is a bawdy high-performance sedan with an Old World interior, the S600 is a tech-laden sleeper, and the Ghost is a boisterous status symbol. Still, someone has to decide among these cars, and it might as well be us. So let’s begin this shootout with an early morning blast down the Munich-Salzburg autobahn.
Bentley Flying Spur Vs. Mercedes Benz S600 Vs. Rolls Royce Ghost Series Ll
On this high-speed three-lane highway, the big, blond Benz is the easiest car to drive hard and fast. Wide, well-poised, and always firmly planted, the S-Class feels rock solid even as it rolls over wet grooves, yawning expansion joints, and fast washboard sweepers. It also boasts the latest tech. Whoever is in charge of the ugly two-spoke steering wheel will enjoy a comfortable driver’s seat and will be assisted by adaptive cruise control, automatic lane guidance, night vision, and an adaptive suspension that uses cameras to adjust for the road ahead. Parking is fully automatic if you so desire, navigation is governed by real-time traffic information, surface heating extends to the door panels and the center console, and the all-LED lighting system outshines its rivals. In contrast to all this cutting-edge technology, the 6.0-liter V-12 that drives the S600 is not exactly a brand-new piece of kit. The three-valver harks back to the 5.5-liter V-12 that first appeared in the Maybach 57 in 2002. With 523 hp, the twin-turbo motor is the relative weakling of this trio—the Ghost has 563 hp, and the Bentley 616 hp. But the Mercedes does make the most torque, at 612 lb-ft, and it is the lightest at 5,038 pounds. (The Bentley and Rolls each weigh about 5,500 pounds.) Although the Mercedes is super comfortable and ultra safe, it remains at all times commendably involving.
Bentley Flying Spur Vs. Mercedes Benz S600 Vs. Rolls Royce Ghost Series Ll
The word “involving” also applies, surprisingly, to the Rolls-Royce. What makes all the difference here is the optional dynamic driving package. Quicker steering commanded by a thicker-rimmed wheel, retuned dampers, and a revised rear- suspension impart precision and heightened road-holding capabilities on the formerly floaty Ghost. The slight slack just off center that we’ve noticed at high speed in earlier Ghosts has all but disappeared. Despite its considerable weight, the Series II is confidence-inspiring when pushed, as body roll and brake dive are now better suppressed.
"The brain buys the Benz. Our adrenal glands want the Bentley. The gut, though, would almost certainly spend even more for the keys to the Ghost."
Still, there comes a point where Sir Rolls prefers a more leisurely pace. With stability control on, the Ghost is automatically reeled in early enough for the glasses on the rear picnic tables to stay put. But with the nannies off, you find yourself maneuvering the Titanic through the upper reaches of the Thames. The Rolls is at its best surfing the V-12’s wave of low-end torque, which crests at 575 lb-ft at 1,500 rpm. It appreciates defensive steering and throttle angles, and it even uses info from its navigation system to avoid superfluous gear changes. In this car more than in the other two, a smooth driving style will be rewarded with total refinement and, pardon the cliché, splendid isolation.
2015 Bentley Flying Spur Cockpit

Black beauty: The Bentley is tastefully appointed all around, but its interior is cramped for a car this size.
As we reach the picturesque mountain range that unites the southern tip of Bavaria and the slim end of Austria, we ditch the autobahn for remarkably challenging driving roads. When the corners tighten and the grade becomes steep, the Bentley Flying Spur emerges as the undisputed master of ceremonies. It’s the only car of the trio that boasts all-wheel drive (Mercedes offers it on the S63 AMG but not the comfort-oriented S600), which means it can more frequently make use of the 590 lb-ft of torque from its sonorous and eager-to-rev 6.0-liter W-12. It’s the quickest car here, able to sprint to 60 mph in a factory-measured 4.3 seconds (versus 4.5 for the Mercedes and 4.8 seconds for the Rolls-Royce). More important on the autobahn, it’s by far the fastest, hitting 200 mph where conditions permit, whereas the S600 and Ghost are limited to 155 mph.
2016 Mercedes Benz S600 Cockpit

Creature comforts: The Benz’s interior prevails with perks such as heated armrests. The Rolls (below) has improved iDrive.
Under the pressure of fast downhill sections, we’re amazed by the collective stopping power of the brakes. All three cars employ manhole-cover-size discs straddled by calipers big enough to tame a train. The 500-pound weight advantage of the S600 pays off by shortening the stopping distance. The heavier Bentley has help from optional carbon-ceramic rotors, which combine fade-free stopping power with commendably progressive pedal feel. Even so, we wish the Bentley had shift paddles so we could more easily manage our speed via engine braking. The Rolls-Royce boasts a potent stopping apparatus that works as effortlessly as the rest of the car. Like the light two-finger steering, the brake pedal only needs a couple of toes’ input to deliver. Another forte our behemoths have in common is unerring directional stability. All three models were virtually immune to strong crosswinds, foul weather, and sudden surface variations. Fast corners were rarely an issue either, but like a full-size bullet train, our 36-cylinder convoy had to slow down significantly for tighter bends.
2015 Rolls Royce Ghost Series Ll Cockpit
Of course, these cars need to offer more than just high-speed capability. First, they need to be supremely comfortable. The German contender is hard to beat on this metric, and this verdict extends to the second-row accommodations, which offer ample leg- and headroom, not to mention a chair massage. The Bentley, though just as long, is comparatively cramped, and even the driver’s seat feels relatively flat and insufficiently adjustable. These cars also need the latest and greatest equipment. Top honors go again to the Benz, which won’t even charge you extra for most of the first-class goodies. The flip side is that the S600’s cockpit is a hard-to-decipher maze of touchpads, knobs, buttons, and thumbwheels. The BMW-inspired Rolls-Royce does better with an improved version of iDrive. In these matters the Bentley, the oldest of the trio despite a recent refresh, shows its age via a dated infotainment system and a conspicuous lack of modern driving aids. Fuel economy might not be a priority here, which is just as well. Over a weekend of hard driving, the Mercedes averaged nearly 15 mpg, the Ghost Series II 12 mpg, and the thirsty Bentley 11 mpg.
2015 Rolls Royce Ghost Series Ll Rear Side Profile

Score one for drama: Suicide doors are just one of the eye-grabbing features of the Rolls. Inside, the rear seats are subtly angled toward each other for more intimacy.
Harder to measure, but more important, are presence and a sense of occasion. If you like Teutonic flair paired with overkill engineering (motorized buckles, airbags for the rear belts, perfume dispenser, etc.), you will appreciate the Mercedes-Benz S600. If you prefer more of a gentleman’s club atmosphere, the beautifully executed and tastefully appointed Bentley Flying Spur might be the right choice. But to make a statement of real presence and affluence, nothing beats the Rolls-Royce Ghost, with its dramatic suicide doors, inviting theater seats in back, and remarkably well-appointed cabin.
Bentley Flying Spur Vs. Mercedes Benz S600 Vs. Rolls Royce Ghost Series Ll

Battle royale: The S600, the Ghost Series II, and Flying Spur all have their merits. But if you had to choose just one ...
So where would the lottery win go? The brain buys the Benz. It’s the cleverest high-end sedan by a long shot, capable of spoiling you with a bouquet of creature comforts yet involving you on a high-speed drive. Also, it’s a bargain among this company, with a sticker starting at less than $170,000, a price that includes most of the impress-your-friends options. Our adrenal glands want the Bentley, which combines traditional British craftsmanship with the style and brawn of the related Continental GT Speed. It will appeal to customers who deem a Jaguar XJR too mundane. And too cheap. The Flying Spur starts at $221,125, and the carbon-ceramic brakes add $14,150 (plus another $1,525 if you want the calipers painted red). The gut, though, would almost certainly spend even more—$291,350 before any options—for the keys to the Ghost. It is the best of the best, the most extroverted, and the most prestigious. More simply put, it shouts, “Look at me! I’m rich!” the loudest.

2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $169,525
Engine: 6.0L DOHC 36-valve twin-turbocharged V-12/523 hp @ 4,900 rpm, 612 lb-ft @ 1,900-4,000 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Layout: 4-door, 4- or 5-passenger, front-engine, RWD sedan
EPA Mileage: 12/21 mpg city/highway
Suspension F/R: Multilink, air springs/multilink, air springs
Brakes: Vented discs
Tires: 245/45R-19 Pirelli Winter Sottozero (winter fitment)
L x W x H: 206.5 x 83.9 x 58.7 in
Wheelbase: 206.5 x 83.9 x 58.7 in
Weight: 5,038 lb
0-60 mph: 4.5 sec
Top Speed: 155 mph

2015 Bentley Flying Spur Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $221,125
Engine: 6.0L DOHC 48-valve twin-turbocharged W-12/616 hp @ 6,000 rpm, 590 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Layout: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan
EPA Mileage: 12/20 mpg city/highway
Suspension F/R: Control arms, air springs/ multilink, air springs
Brakes F/R: Carbon-ceramic vented discs
Tires F/R: 275/35R-21 Pirelli P Zero
L x W x H: 208.5 x 86.9 x 58.6 in
Wheelbase: 120.7 in
Weight: 5,451 lb
0-60 mph: 4.3 sec
Top Speed: 200 mph

2015 Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II Specifications

On Sale: Now
Price: $291,350
Engine: 6.6L DOHC 48-valve twin-turbocharged V-12/563 hp @ 5,250 rpm, 575 lb-ft @ 1,500 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Layout: 4-door, 4- or 5-passenger, front-engine, RWD sedan
EPA Mileage: 13/21 mpg city/highway
Suspension F/R: Multilink, air springs/multilink, air springs
Brakes: Vented discs
Tires: 255/50R-19 Goodyear Ultra Grip (winter fitment)
L x W x H: 212.6 x 76.7 x 61.0 in
Wheelbase: 129.7 in
Weight: 5,445 lb
0-60 mph: 4.8 sec
Top Speed: 155 mph
2015 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe Front Three Quarter
Some cars are simply too cool for my normal routine. Like the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe. I was among the crowd transfixed by the S-Class Coupe when it debuted as a concept at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show. Its voluptuous curves hark back to the days when large luxury coupes -- not SUVs or even sports cars -- were the ultimate expression of self-indulgence. Little more than a year later the production version -- which has since been named our Design of the Year -- is sitting in my driveway, in high-performance AMG guise, no less. Obviously I have to show it a good time.
That’s why I find myself digging out my passport on a Saturday evening, chucking a backpack and camera into the S63’s generous trunk, and setting off for Toronto. What does a city best known for a substance-abusing mayor and losing at hockey have to offer, you ask? The answer is quite a bit. While we were sleeping (or in Rob Ford’s case, snorting), Toronto has grown into one of the biggest cities on the continent and a global center of wealth. Most important for me, it’s within a single night’s driving range, and I have an all-wheel-drive 577-hp luxury car with a full tank of gas.
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The Port of Toronto remains busy at night.

Bumper bowling in Canada

I cross Detroit’s Ambassador Bridge around 8:30 p.m., promise Canada’s customs agent that I do not have Ebola, and drive into Windsor. I’m instantly greeted by the invigorating sights of a foreign land. That’s a lie. I see a McDonald’s. I switch the digital gauges to metric and rely on the S-Class Coupe’s seat massage for invigoration.
Canada starts to feel more Canadian when I climb on the highway. Unlike the moonscape I’ve left behind in Michigan, much of the 401 has smooth tarmac and freshly marked lanes. The latter allows me test with confidence the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG coupe’s battery of driver assistance systems -- active cruise control, lane departure prevention, and lane-keeping assist.
The last function is the difference maker. Many luxury cars with driver assistance systems work like bumper bowling, allowing the car to bounce off the lane markers. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic coupe grabs the ball from your hands and throws a perfect strike. To switch metaphors, it feels less like playing a video game than it feels like cheating at a video game.
2015 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe Driver Window

There’s plenty going on in downtown Toronto at night.

Who is in charge here?

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic coupe’s electronics have ways of reminding me they’re in charge. Cruising along in Eco mode, the seven-speed automatic hesitates perceptibly before serving up downshifts. I learn to leave it in thirstier but more responsive Sport mode. The steering, which relies on electric power assist for its autonomous feats, feels unnaturally weighted just off center. I assert my animal authority by flexing my right calf muscle and plunging forward into the darkness. I ride a wave of torque (664 lb-ft!) past 200 kph. This feels like the proper cruising speed for my personal jet, and I’m tempted to plunge toward the electronically limited at a lofty 300 kph. Alas, that’d be triple the posted limit, so I instead stand on the brakes as I wind first through London, Ontario, and then, a few hours later, into the outskirts of Toronto.
2015 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe Engine
Driving into a big city feels like discovering a civilization. Toronto’s skyscrapers rise out of the darkness as I sweep downtown on the Gardiner Expressway. A driver of a CLS63 AMG dives onto my tail and follows me off the highway. At the first traffic light, he nods, smiles, and revs his engine. I pour after him, but the twin turbos barely have a chance to spool before I have to slow for traffic and pedestrians. The streets and sidewalks throb with the constant commotion one finds in megacities. I cruise up and down Yonge Street, where blindingly bright lights paint the S63’s white leather interior. I open my windows so that I can drink in the urban energy and am able to hear the occasional “Nice car” from passersby.
I finally pull into an underground parking garage. It’s one of those cramped city garages that seem to ask, “Why didn’t you take public transportation?” At 16.5 feet long, the S-Class Coupe is not a tidy two-door. I flick on the surround view camera and creep along, thankful for the light-effort steering at low speeds. I still expect to hear a crunch that’ll cost a year’s salary to repair.
2015 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe Headlights

The Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe is very large for a two-door car, something that becomes very clear when we try to negotiate a downtown parking garage.
It’s nearly 1 a.m. by the time I finish my Austin Powers maneuvers and tuck into a suitably secure spot. I ask the hotel desk clerk if there are any bars still open. There are three on our block. I patronize two and enjoy the company of polite Canadian drunks. One, on the verge of passing out, asks for one more beer and assures the bartender, “I won’t cause any trouble, Sir.”
Vintage Porsche 911 Passenger Profile

This vintage Porsche 911 was one of many cool cars hanging out in Toronto’s posh Yorkville district.

A matter of style

I start off the next morning in the posh neighborhood of Yorkville. Traffic waits patiently as pedestrians cross every street in a four-way intersection. I honk. But the truth is driving in this part of Toronto is not about getting somewhere so much as it is to be seen driving. Porsches, Audis, and Benzes preen in these parts. A Ferrari 458 Italia sits in the lobby of one of the many high-end department stores.
2015 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe Driver Profile

Modern art galleries, indie fashion labels, tattoo parlors, and trendy thrift shops make Queen Street West one of the hippest areas of Toronto.
I can barely afford a pair of socks here, but I relish being behind the wheel of the hottest fall fashion. The car looks distinctive from every angle without resorting to clichéd brand identifiers. Out on the street, the coupe’s conspicuous size emanates beauty and power like a Rubenesque model.
2015 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe Front Three Quarter 2

Don’t park here, unless you want a Toronto police officer to ask you politely to leave.
Perhaps Toronto architects should consult with Mercedes’ designers. The periodic construction booms that began in the 1960s and continue today have littered the city with modern towers lacking in character or cohesion. But there is charm here, deriving mainly from diversity. More than 20 percent of the city’s residents are foreign born, and one can pass through half a dozen ethnic enclaves -- Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern -- in as many blocks.

Advice from the local constabulary

I find myself in the Distillery District, where 19th-century buildings now house boutiques and several coffee shops (Tim Hortons not among them). I pull right up on a brick sidewalk for photos and -- uh oh -- see a police officer walking toward me. Generally, the constables don’t like it when cars illegally park in a crowded area, and they like it even less when the car doesn’t belong to you. I’ve been through this drill in other cities and prepare for an ordeal. This member of Toronto’s finest smiles and apologetically asks if I wouldn’t mind parking somewhere else.
2015 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe Rear Three Quarter

In Toronto’s Distillery District, nineteenth-century industrial buildings now house high-end restaurants, cafés, and art galleries.
The car and I refuel -- $65 of premium for the AMG and an espresso for me -- before heading west along Queen Street. Trendy chain stores gradually give way to tattoo parlors, thrift shops, and record stores. Here, as everywhere in the city, the sidewalks are packed with a diverse crowd. Inked-up hipsters walk around with children in their arms, and homeless men linger and chat outside art galleries. I have no qualms about parking a $160,000 Mercedes on the curb and walking around.
It occurs to me that I’ve driven five hours from Ann Arbor, Michigan, to find a supersized version of a friendly Midwest town. Does such pervasive niceness rob a city of character? Only if you think character has something to do with crime and rudeness to strangers. Toronto offers the vitality, diversity, and wealth of a big city with less of the grime and crime. It’s the sort of city people are actually thinking of when they say they like big cities, even if they're more likely to mention New York or Chicago.
2015 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe Front View

Drive out to the Port of Toronto for views of the skyline.
In a somewhat similar vein, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe, whose evocative styling inspired this spur-of-the-moment road trip, reveals itself to be a familiar Mercedes after several hours behind the wheel. Even this AMG variant is not a wild departure in the vein of the Mercedes-AMG GT -- it’s a beautiful luxury car you could live with everyday. That’s just as well, because I have another five hours driving ahead of me. After dining at one of the many trendy ethnic restaurants downtown, I fall into the S63’s plush cabin once more, flip on my heated armrests, and head home.


The Grand Hotel & Suites Toronto
You’ll pay more to stay downtown, but it’s worth it. The Grand is close to attractions such as the Hockey Hall of Fame and the Distillery Historic District.


The restaurant scene definitely benefits from the city’s diversity -- whatever you’re in the mood for, Toronto has it. Origin offers a modern take on traditional Indian fare.

Irish Embassy
Or you can forget all that and enjoy pub food and drinks until 2 a.m.

2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe Specifications

Base Price: $161,825
Engine: 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8/577 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 664 lb-ft @ 2,250-3,750 rpm
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Layout: 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, AWD coupe
L x W x H: 198.6 x 83.0 x 56.0 in
Curb weight: 4,678 lb
EPA Mileage: 15/23 mpg city/hwy
2015 Mercedes Benz S500 4Matic Coupe Promo
WESTERLY, Rhode Island -- In the Watch Hill Historical Society’s tome, “Watch Hill Then and Now,” one learns that the Rhode Island seaside resort town was platted and promoted largely by a Cincinnati syndicate, which controlled the development to create a resort that would maintain the beautiful surroundings. It also carefully selected the clientele, to ensure that Watch Hill would be an escape from the working class.
More than a century later, Watch Hill is still beautiful and still caters to the moneyed elite, making it the perfect spot to launch the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe.
2015 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG Coupe Front View

Beautiful surroundings

Like the original lots in Watch Hill, the 2015 S-Class coupe is a car that is purchased by the “right kind of people.” (Median household income for this car is the highest of any Mercedes-Benz model at $500,000 to $600,000 a year.) And it ensconces those people in some pretty beautiful surroundings. The coupe’s interior is a bespoke design, not lifted from the S-Class sedan, and it puts competitors such as the Bentley Continental GT and BMW M6 in the shade.
The aesthetic is modern, with sweeping curves and glossy black trim set off with brushed metal. As in the S-Class sedan, two giant screens dominate the coupe’s dashboard, one for the virtual gauge cluster and one for the navigation/infotainment system. To operate the latter, Mercedes’ click-wheel controller is supplemented by a mouse-like touch pad.
2015 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG Coupe Steering Wheel And Dashboard
Long a hallmark of Mercedes coupes, this new car’s pillar-less greenhouse makes for an airy environment, and the standard, panoramic glass sunroof enhances the feeling. And since the B-pillars are missing, the rear-seat passengers also get a good view to the side, which is better treatment than those in the back seat usually get in swanky coupes.

The definition of luxury

Granted, practical considerations such as rear-seat space aren’t a major factor in the purchase of a car like this. Nobody needs a coupe. This makes the 2015 S-Class coupe almost by its very nature a luxury item, which Mercedes-Benz design chief Gorden Wagener characterizes as “something you don’t really need, but you really want.”
2015 Mercedes Benz S Class Coupe Model Set
As Wagener understands, nothing creates want better than beautiful design. Here again, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe scores, its shapely sheet metal draped over a machine with revised proportions that are wider than the previous Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, yet shorter in length and height. This car is also shorter in length and wheelbase compared to the new S-Class sedan.
One interesting detail: The phrase “jeweled headlamps” has become a tiresome automotive cliché, but in the Edition 1 version of the S-Class coupe, it actually is true. The upper edge of the light cluster is bedecked with 47 Swarovski crystals. (Talk about a want and not a need.)
2015 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe Headlight

Into the monsoon

We thought that a Mercedes encrusted with Swarovski crystals might have enticed Taylor Swift out to have a look, as the pop star’s oceanfront manse is just a few doors down from where we were staying in Watch Hill. But she did not appear, and we headed out into a gathering monsoon to start our tour through three states (which, in New England, is a quicker trip than it sounds).
We started out in the 2015 S550 coupe, which functions as the entry-level variant, though it’s still pricey enough to be exclusive at $120,825 before options. Its biturbo 4.7-liter V-8 spins out a sumptuous 449 hp and 517 lb-ft of torque, with the engine’s thrust dispensed via Mercedes’ smooth-shifting seven-speed automatic. As a driving rain streaked the windows and slicked the roads, we were glad to have standard 4Matic all-wheel drive helping to keep the tires in firm contact with the pavement. (All-wheel drive is standard on the 2015 S63 AMG as well.)
The wet weather discouraged exploring the outer edges of the big Benz’s performance envelope, but this plump luxury coupe’s stock-in-trade is really effortlessness and isolation in any case.

More, but with an edge

For the second half of the day, we switched to the 2015 S63 AMG coupe. Its $161,825 starting figure marks a significant bump up in price over the S550 coupe, so buyers in this bracket might naturally gravitate toward it as the S-Class coupe that offers more of everything.
It certainly offers more in terms of power, and the biturbo 5.5-liter V-8 bristles with 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, which are enough to shave the 0-60 time from the S550’s impressive 4.5 seconds to a blistering 3.9 seconds. This more powerful V-8 is paired with AMG’s high-tech, seven-speed Speedshift automatic, which whips off near-instantaneous upshifts, though it’s not as smooth in action when moving off from a stop as the S550’s conventional automatic. The S63 AMG’s twin-turbo V-8 also emits a deeper rumble and pops on the overrun when you flick its two-stage exhaust system into Sport mode. The Sport mode additionally firms up the suspension more than in the S550, and the ride can get a little brittle over broken pavement.
2015 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG Coupe Front Seats
The S63 AMG coupe adds as standard the Premium option package, with the useful head-up display and surround-view camera, as well as massaging, variable heating, and the strange active contour function for the front seats. However, buyers of the S550 coupe can add that package, along with AMG-style bodywork and 19- or 20-inch wheels.

The view from Watch Hill

In truth, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 coupe is really the best-realized version of this new high-style, two-door Mercedes. For buyers seeking more, the 2015 S63 AMG delivers, but it comes with a bit of an edge. As swanky cars go, one requires a certain kind of restraint to go along with style and power, and this car delivers traditional Mercedes character.
Of course, for those who believe more isn’t enough unless it’s the most, there is the 2015 S65 AMG coupe. This version of the S-Class coupe (which we did not drive) goes on sale in December with a 6.0-liter V-12. The twin-turbo engine pumps out a whopping 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. The car is fractionally slower to 60 mph than the S63 AMG, however, and it registers a time of 4.0 seconds to 60 mph on the way to its top speed of 186 mph.
The fractionally slower acceleration of the S65 AMG is due to traction issues, as it does without 4Matic all-wheel drive, which can’t be packaged with the huge V-12 engine. It does, however, offer one additional and unique bit of technical wizardry: an active suspension that helps the car lean into turns even while controlling body roll so closely you don’t notice. Most important, though, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG coupe comes with the exclusivity guaranteed by its nosebleed price: $231,825. We don’t know whether the S65 AMG badge would impress Ms. Swift, but one suspects that the leaders of the old Cincinnati syndicate in Watch Hill would approve.

2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe Specifications

On Sale: Now (S550, S63); December (S65)
Base Price: $120,825/$161,825/$231,825 (S550/S63 AMG/S65 AMG)
Engines: 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged DOHC 32-valve V-8/449 hp @ 5,250-5,550 rpm, 517 lb-ft @ 1,800-3,500 rpm (S550); 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged DOHC 32-valve V-8/577 hp @ 5,500 rpm, 664 lb-ft @ 2,250-3,750 rpm (S63 AMG); 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged DOHC 36-valve V-12/621 hp, 738 lb-ft (S65 AMG)
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Layout: 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, RWD/AWD coupe
EPA Mileage: 16/24/19 mpg (S550); 15/23/18 mpg (S63), (city/highway/combined)
L x W x H: 197.9-198.6 x 74.8-76.0 x 55.8-56.0 in
Wheelbase: 115.9 in
Weight: 4,707-4,839 lb
2015 Mercedes Benz S550 Plug In Hybrid In Motion Front View
Our goal on the German autobahn is usually to peg a brag-worthy top speed. This time? We’re cruising along at a gentle 60 mph, enjoying gas-free transportation—and a free massage—courtesy of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid.

Not another marketing exercise.

Although there are more exciting limits we could be exploring on the autobahn than how fast we can drive in pure-electric mode, few are more important. Premium hybrids, once glorified marketing exercises, are becoming essential. The ramp up of strict C02 caps in Europe, China, and the United States has luxury brands, particularly the European ones, scrambling to increase fleet-wide fuel economy. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 hybrid you see here “forms the spearhead of a plug-in hybrid offensive from Mercedes-Benz,” says R&D chief Thomas Weber. Between now and 2017, the automaker will roll out ten plug-ins.
The S-class pairs Mercedes’ familiar 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 with a 114-hp electric motor and an 8.7-kwh lithium-ion battery pack. As the first part of its name implies, it will be positioned alongside the S550 V-8 and will come with similar features and options, although the hybrid will only be available with rear-wheel drive. The “plug in” modifier makes clear that this is a much more capable hybrid than what Mercedes offered on the last-generation S-class. It can travel on battery power for up to 20 miles, and it will recharge in about 2 hours from a 400-volt charger (or 2 hours 45 minutes with a 230-volt charger). What we don’t yet know is what EPA fuel economy numbers it will receive, given the peculiarities and politics of rating plug-in hybrids.

Keep it cool and quiet

The first thing you notice looking at the new 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid (called S500 in Europe) is how little you notice. No decals, no special grille, no special colors. Only small, “plug in hybrid” lettering on the trunk in Mercedes’ typical sans-serif font hints at the new powertrain. Mercedes says even this identification is included mainly so roadside responders know they’re dealing with batteries. “We always think of Mercedes-Benz as our brand,” says S550 product manager Matthias Kuchenbecker.
The identity becomes clearer when the trunk lid opens, revealing the lithium-ion battery pack. This junk in the trunk takes up 3.4 cubic-feet of cargo space and prevents a pass-through from the back seat. A plus side of having batteries on board is that the S550 hybrid can cool the interior to a preset temperature and/or preheat your seats, steering wheel, and arm rests.
Otherwise, this is just your run-of-the-mill, $95,000+ S-class cabin, replete with massaging chairs, a digital instrument panel, and an automatic perfume spritzer. The Comand rotary controller works the same as always, perhaps too much so, as rivals BMW and Audi have both leaped ahead with better integrated and easier-to-operate telematics.

Whispering through the cities, roaring on the autobahn

Driving an S-class has always been a serene experience. The plug-in version takes that to a new level. We are whisked through the streets around Daimler headquarters in battery-powered silence. The road, wind, and ambient noises that usually become more noticeable in electric vehicles can’t penetrate this rolling fortress of double-paned glass.
Most hybrids offer multiple driving modes. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 offers that and then some. First there are four settings for battery usage: hybrid; all-electric E-mode; battery-preserving E-save; and E-charge, where the gasoline engine replenishes the battery. When in hybrid mode, one can, via a separate switch, select a setting for the seven-speed automatic—sport, comfort, and E+. No doubt, the German engineers love the ability to fine-tune the powertrain so precisely. It’s a bit much for us. A simple EV/hybrid/performance hierarchy would be much easier for drivers to navigate. On one occasion the powertrain seems confused, as well. With a colleague at the wheel in traffic, the car lugs for several seconds as if we’re stuck in a high gear.
Appropriately for a car that offers pioneering autonomous driving features, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 goes beyond the typical hybrid’s encouragements to drive efficiently. The accelerator pedal actually pushes back at your foot when the S550’s suite of sensors and onboard computers think you could be going a bit easier. Follow its dictates, and you can drive gas-free at speeds as high as 87 mph. You can always override the system by jamming down on the pedal. A kick down switch fires up the 329-hp V-6, even when you’re in EV mode.
After the novelty of driving slow on the autobahn wears off, we switch from electric to hybrid mode and let the wave of torque from the electric motor and the turbo V-6’s power carry us up to the speed of traffic. Because it carries some 450 pounds of extra hardware, the hybrid takes about a half tick longer to accelerate to 62 mph than the V-8-powered S550—5.2 seconds versus 4.8 seconds. That’s still wondrously quick for a car that feels and smells like a moving massage parlor. The standard air suspension doesn’t sweat the extra pounds, providing the same creamy yet planted ride we’ve come to associate with Mercedes. The brakes, with their regenerative functionality, engage a little softly but not offensively so. The biggest sacrifice versus the V-8 car is the sound that accompanies the push in the back. We fault not the electric motor but the rather pedestrian sounding V-6. An inline six would, no doubt, be smoother and more refined. When we ask Weber about the one Mercedes is reportedly developing, he just smiles.

Understated or underwhelming?

The $100,000 question here is whether the elite customers who buy an S-class, people who hardly obsess over their fuel budgets, will bother to buy the Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid. Weber suggests this is a challenge for the marketing department and dealer network. He also notes, as do many auto executives, that higher gas taxes would go a long way toward ensuring there’s a market for the efficient cars the government is ordering carmakers to build. Both good points, but we also think Mercedes needs to think outside the box to figure how to present green technology in a more exciting and more intuitive way.
Overall, though, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid impressively electrifies the S-class experience without unduly altering or cheapening it.

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-in Hybrid Specifications

On Sale: Summer 2015
Price: $95,500 (est.)
Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6, electric motor
Power: 436 hp (combined)
Torque: 479 lb-ft (combined)
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Drive: Rear-wheel
L x W x H: 206.5 x 74.8 x 58.8 in
Wheelbase: 124.6 in
Curb weight: 5093 lb
Fuel Economy: 84 MPGe, combined (European testing)
2015 Mercedes Benz S63 AMG Mercedes Benz S550 Front Three Quarter 03
It's a special kind of someone who thinks a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 sedan needs more -- more power, more distinctive looks, and more luxury features. That special kind of someone will buy a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG sedan, but they shouldn't.

Live life to the fullest (and then some)

This sort of embellishment should not exist. Let's compare the fictional lives of a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 owner and a 2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG owner, shall we? The S550 owner wears tailored Paul Smith suits, drinks French wine, and has a personal trainer. The S63 AMG owner, though, has Paul Smith tailor his suits, bought a vineyard in France, and gets his protein shakes made by Hugh Jackman. Get the point? It's absurd to want more when you have more than enough, and the S550 certainly has more than enough.

Never left wanting

Power? The S550's 455-hp, twin-turbo V-8 can get you to sixty from a stop in less than five seconds. Available features? What, massaging front seats, rear seats with pillows on the headrests, a Burmester surround sound system, and a "fragrance atomizer" can't cut it? Distinctive looks? You've got to be kidding. The S550 is elegant, bold, and graceful. We think it's one of the best-looking sedans you can buy. If for whatever reason you think it needs more machismo, then by all means option it with the $6650 sport appearance package, you loon.

An impeccable package

The S63 AMG is impressive, no doubt about it, but also completely excessive. Its bigger, badder, 577-hp, twin-turbo V-8 may shave a second off of the sedan's zero-to-sixty time, it may look more sinister, but the S550 is a status symbol that perfectly fuses performance and luxury under some seriously sexy sheet metal. To want more anything than that would, well, take a special kind of someone.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 4MATIC sedan

Base price $96,825
Price as tested $122,895
Engine 4.7-liter DOHC twin-turbo V-8
Power 455 hp @ 5250-5550 rpm
Torque 516 lb-ft @ 1800-3500 rpm
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Drive 4-wheel
Fuel economy 16/26 mpg (city/highway)
0-60 mph 4.8 sec
Top speed 130 mph
Cargo capacity 16.3 cu ft

2014 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG sedan

Base price $140,425
Price as tested $153,495
Engine 5.5-liter DOHC twin-turbo V-8
Power 577 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque 664 lb-ft @ 2250-3750 rpm
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Drive 4-wheel
Fuel economy 15/23 mpg (city/highway)
0-60 mph 3.9 sec
Top speed 186 mph
Cargo capacity 16.3 cu ft
2015 Mercedes Benz S500 Coupe Front Three Quarter In Motion
Surprising or not, there's virtually no such thing today as a six-figure luxury coupe that truly fits four adults. BMW doesn't make one. Nor does Bentley or Aston Martin. And unless you're hedge-funding or oil-pumping, Rolls Royce's Wraith doesn't compute.
The departing Mercedes CL-Class has been the only legitimate two-door, four-seater in its class. But big spenders, including long-inseam men who appreciated the CL's roominess, had lost interest due to its snooziness.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is the wake-up call, be it the relatively quiet S550 4Matic or alarming S63 AMG 4Matic. Based on the kingly new S-Class sedan, the Coupe will knight followers this fall with luxury, space, style, and technology that are sui generis in any coupe below 200 grand. All the sedan's jaw-droppers carry into this gloriously swanky two-door: From partially automated steering and flashy TFT displays to hot-stone massaging seats, all-LED lighting and a fragrance-wafting cabin. Wafting continues with an adaptive Airmatic suspension and a biturbo 4.7-liter V-8 with 449 horses and 516 pound-feet. The biturbo shoves the S550 to 60 mph in roughly 4.5 seconds via a seven-speed, paddle-shifted automatic. The chesty-sounding AMG version drops the 0-60 scoot to an improbable 3.9 seconds, with a 186-mph top speed from its 577-horsepower 5.5-liter biturbo and Speedshift MCT 7-speed automatic.

No Leaning in Pisa

Embarking from the Tyrrhenian seaside near Pisa, we encountered a Coupe that seems nearly as long as that city's famous tower -- but with less lean, thanks to its Active Curve Tilting feature. At 198 inches long, riding a 116-inch wheelbase, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is some 8 inches shorter than the sedan in both measures, and roughly three inches lower.
Active Curve Tilting operates akin to a motorcyclist leaning into bends, with a stereo camera peering up to 49 feet ahead to anticipate curves. A plunger connected to springs at four corners links with the camera and speed/steering-angle sensors to actively incline the body into curves by up to 2.5 degrees. That noticeably reduces the lateral forces that occupants experience: Imagine the difference between a banked curve and a flat one. As the Benz nears its handling limits, the system steps aside to allow Type A drivers to feel the forces at the pavement—even if, for most 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe owners, the only thing they'll care to feel is superior.
One big catch: The system can't be physically packaged with 4Matic AWD, and that's all us Yanks get for now in both S550 and AMG versions. Americans must wait for 2016 to experience the system in a rear-wheel-drive S550, in conjunction with Magic Body Control whose camera helps dispatch speed bumps by mellowing the suspension.
Considering the Mercedes' stately looks, CEO-loving cabin and effortless performance, the lack of the Tilt-a-Whirl gizmo isn't much of a loss.

Jeweled headlamps -- really!

Up front, LED headlamps offer available Swarovski crystals, with 17 angular crystals forming daytime running lamps and 30 round ones as sparkling turn indicators. While the headlamp jewelry makes a nice gift, the additional chunk of Swarovski that tops a front console cubby (in S550 and AMG versions) seems shockingly out of place in this masculine machine – like a tacky leftover from Barbie's dream car.
The AMG model's amped-up visuals include a twin-blade grille; an apron-spanning front air duct and silver splitter; available lightweight forged alloy 20-inch wheels; chromed tips for the driver-adjustable AMG sport exhaust; and the cabin's racy AMG TFT instrument cluster with two round animated dials; a three-spoke steering wheel; and a big Affalterbach emblem stamped on the center console.

Enter the throne room

Stepping into either version transports you into a luxury realm that, as in the sedan, sets a new bar for the class. Mercedes claims it's the world's quietest car, period, in terms of wind noise. Conjoined, widescreen digital displays hover over a wraparound dashboard that recalls a five-star restaurant banquette, lit in your choice of seven ambient colors. It's all set off with breathtaking wood and electroplated "Silver Shadow" trim, including on the ingot-thick paddle shifters. Heat pulses through front armrests and the elevated, leather-wrapped console. Mercedes' new, smartphone-style console touchpad perches over a Comand system control knob. Striking screen animations enliven everything from seat controls to a pair of available Burmester audio systems; but as ever with cumbersome Comand, you wish Mercedes spent more time on intuitive operation and less on splashy graphics.
Endlessly adjustable front thrones cleverly sense rear occupants: Seats power-slide fully forward for entry, glide back until they brush knees, then resettle about an inch forward. Once cozied, even six-foot-plus adults were comfortable in back, making a mockery of stingy quarters in the Bentley Continental GT or any Aston Martin, including the Rapide.

Leaving Fiats in its wake

Pointing its diamond grille east into patchwork Tuscan hillsides, the S550 declared itself an emperor – well-stuffed at better than 4700 pounds, yet powerful enough to leave common Fiats in its wake. The greenhouse is small, but was suffused with sunlight via a panoramic Magic Sky opening that covers nearly two-thirds of the roof. A high-resolution LED head-up display kept us on course with nav directions. And the Sport drive mode turned the biturbo's purr to a growl -- more forceful than the S550 sedan's -- via twin adjustable flaps in the exhaust system.
Sound and fury jumped markedly in the S63 AMG version, as one might expect from a coupe with 664 pound-feet of torque. Driven to Florence from the fantastical, 4200-acre Hotel Castello di Casole, the muscled, tightened AMG performed the kind of magic act usually reserved for Bentley's similarly oversized Continental GT. On blind curves where oncoming trucks often blithely hog lanes, the AMG's hurtling force was checked, thank you St. Christopher, by optional ceramic composite brakes, unavailable on the old CL63.
Yet even the S63, tasked with the innumerable switchbacks of Italy, did so a bit begrudgingly: This massive Benz prefers open vistas and more-gentle radii to loose its Titanic power.

Princely pricing

So what's the price of Mercedes decadence these days? Reading between PR lines, we figure about $117,000 to start for the S550 4Matic, or nearly $20,000 more than an AWD S550 sedan. Kick that to roughly $157,000 for the S63 AMG 4Matic. A forthcoming S65 AMG goes insane at $216,425, in return for a biturbo V-12 with 621 horses and 738 pound-feet.
Even the S550 Coupe's price might make an Audi A7 or BMW 6-Series owner blanch. But with such a yawning price gap between those models and the $200,000-and-up brigade, Mercedes' expanding S-Class lineup seems well equipped to fill it and outflank its rivals -- including via a yacht-like Cabriolet that comes ashore next year.
With hyperbole and chutzpah to spare, this 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe should lure a desirable, impressionable, potentially repeat customer wouldn't have looked at the old CL: The high roller who barely glances at the window sticker.

2015 Mercedes-Benz S550/S63 AMG Coupe

Base price $117,000/$157,000 (est.)
On sale Fall
Engine 4.7-liter twin-turbo V-8, 449 hp, 516 lb-ft (S550)
5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8, 577 hp, 664 lb-ft (S63 AMG)
Transmission 7-speed automatic
Drive All-wheel
Wheelbase 116 in
L x W x H 198 x 75 x 56 in
Fuel economy N/A
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

New for 2015

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, redesigned for 2014, is joined by an S-Class Coupe. Otherwise, the physical keyboard interface is replaced with a touchpad that supports swiping.

Vehicle Overview

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the automaker's flagship full-size sedan, and now coupe. The sedan comes in varieties from the capable S550 4Matic, to the wild S65 AMG, and the ultra-luxury Maybach-branded S600. The S-Class sits above the E-Class and the CLS-Class as the biggest and most expensive sedan in the Mercedes-Benz lineup.


The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sets the bar in the full-size luxury sedan segment, leading the way with technology, luxury, comfort, and power. A number of powerplants motivate the S-Class, while a seven-speed automatic is found throughout the lineup.

Model: S550, S550 4Matic, S550 4Matic Coupe
Engine and Transmission: Twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V-8 – seven-speed auto
Power: 449 hp/516 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 17/26 mpg – 16/26 mpg (4Matic) – 16/24 mpg (4Matic Coupe)

Model: S600
Engine and Transmission: Twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 – seven-speed auto
Power: 523 hp/612 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 13/21 mpg

Model: S63 AMG 4Matic, S63 AMG 4Matic Coupe
Engine and Transmission: Twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 – seven-speed auto
Power: 577 hp/664 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 15/23 mpg

Model: S65 AMG, S65 AMG Coupe
Engine and Transmission: Twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 – seven-speed auto
Power: 621 hp/738 lb-ft
EPA-rated fuel efficiency: 13/20 mpg – 13/21 mpg (Coupe)
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class earned the distinction of being our 2015 Design of the Year with the introduction of the S-Class Coupe. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes will all the features one would expect on a luxury flagship sedan, such as heated/ventilated seats (front and rear), sumptuous leather, Magic Ride Control, and a driver assistance suite that can nearly drive the S-Class for you. Other worthy-of-note features include the heated armrests and door panels (front and rear), heated/cooled rear cupholders, a fragrance atomizer in the climate control, and massaging front/rear seats (six massages, with a hot-stone massage function).
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has not yet been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the world's most popular full-size luxury sedan for a reason, and with the introduction of the S-Class Coupe it becomes even more desirable. The S-Class has long been the platform Mercedes-Benz has used to introduce its latest and greatest technology. No flagship luxury sedan is complete without a supple ride, and the S-Class is no exception. In a 2014 Driven review, we drove an S-Class Sedan and noted, “Because bad pavement is hard to find in this part of Germany, Mercedes set up a demonstration with two five-inch-tall speed bumps. First we drove across them at 25 mph with Magic Body Control deactivated, and the effect was about what you'd expect: a gentle rise and fall. Then we repeated the exercise at the same speed with the system working, and it was almost as if the bumps had been erased.”
Another plus we noted with the redesign was that “the [new Mercedes-Benz S-Class] switches to electric power assist, but Mercedes has done a remarkable job exactly imitating the action and effort of the previous hydraulic system.”
"None of the interior features have the wow factor of Steering Assist, part of the available Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control," we wrote in a review. "With Distronic engaged and a button on the lower left of the dash switched on, a green steering-wheel icon appears to indicate that autonomous steering is ready. Using the stereo cameras behind the rearview mirror, the S-class can follow the car ahead, autonomously steering through curves. If the car ahead pulls off or changes lanes, the system will pick up the lane markers, although the driver might have to grab the wheel."
In a three-way comparison among the Mercedes-Benz S600, Rolls Royce Ghost, and Bentley Flying Spur we argued that the Mercedes-Benz was the most logical purchase and said, “Harder to measure, but more important, are presence and a sense of occasion. If you like Teutonic flair paired with overkill engineering (motorized buckles, airbags for the rear belts, perfume dispenser, etc.), you will appreciate the Mercedes-Benz S600 … So where would the lottery win go? The brain buys the Benz. It’s the cleverest high-end sedan by a long shot, capable of spoiling you with a bouquet of creature comforts yet involving you on a high-speed drive.”
We've also driven the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Plug-In Hybrid, the first of 10 plug-in hybrid vehicles the brand will introduce between now and 2017. We noted, “The biggest sacrifice versus the V-8 car is the sound that accompanies the push in the back. We fault not the electric motor but the rather pedestrian sounding V-6.” We also said, “The [hybrid] identity becomes clearer when the trunk lid opens, revealing the lithium-ion battery pack. This junk in the trunk takes up 3.4 cubic-feet of cargo space and prevents a pass-through from the back seat. A plus side of having batteries on board is that the S550 hybrid can cool the interior to a preset temperature and/or preheat your seats, steering wheel, and arm rests … Otherwise, this is just your run-of-the-mill, $95,000+ S-class cabin, replete with massaging chairs, a digital instrument panel, and an automatic perfume spritzer.” The S550 Plug-In Hybrid moves easily through town and does so in complete silence, without the usual tire and road noise that often become noticeable in a typical EV. Drivers can reach 87 mph in all-electric mode, and can travel up to 20 miles without using any gasoline.
We drove the eight-cylinder S63 AMG and S550 sedans back to back and said, “The S550 is elegant, bold, and graceful. We think it's one of the best-looking sedans you can buy. If for whatever reason you think it needs more machismo, then by all means option it with the $6650 sport appearance package, you loon … The S63 AMG is impressive, no doubt about it, but also completely excessive. Its bigger, badder, 577-hp, twin-turbo V-8 may shave a second off of the sedan's zero-to-sixty time, it may look more sinister, but the S550 is a status symbol that perfectly fuses performance and luxury under some seriously sexy sheet metal. To want more anything than that would, well, take a special kind of someone.”
From the “base” S550 to the supremely powerful and luxurious S65 AMG the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sets the bar in the luxury sedan segment, and now provides a land-yacht Coupe with room for four adults.

"The price of superiority may be high, as is frequently the case with the cars we select as Design of the Year," we wrote in our 2015 Design of the Year article about the S-Class Coupe. "But being first, being able to stand apart and above other designs, justifies the cost and makes this car worthy of our respect."

You’ll Like

  • Luxurious cabin materials
  • Heating for almost every surface a passenger will touch
  • Magic Ride Control

You Won’t Like

  • The Comand infotainment system could be easier to use
  • Some features are excessive (perfume atomizer, hot-stone massage function)
  • Who worries about fuel economy? No compelling reason to buy the Plug-In Hybrid

Key Competitors

  • BMW 7 Series
  • Audi A8
  • Lexus LS
  • Rolls Royce Ghost
  • Bentley Flying Spur


Brabus 850 60 Biturbo Coupe  Front Three Quarter
The Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG coupe is now even more potent, thanks to German tuning company Brabus. The Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Coupe, headed to the 2015 Geneva auto show, packs an 850-hp punch, 848 lb-ft of torque, and a claimed top speed of 217 mph.
Mercedes Benz S Class Convertible Front Three Quarter 2
Confirming earlier speculation, a soft-top convertible version of the sexy Mercedes-Benz S-Class will indeed reach production. Autocar is reporting that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible will arrive later in 2015, according to S-Class project manager Martin Hulder.

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4.7L V8Engine
Fuel economy City:
17 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
26 MPG
449 hp @ 5250rpm
516 ft lb of torque @ 1800rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD
  • Navigation
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
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