Future Cars

2006 Mercedes-Benz S550

WHAT: The sixth-generation S-class is sleeker than the current car, with a tail treatment that looks similar to the Maybach‘s. Under the skin, the new S has air suspension, optional all-wheel drive, a seven-speed automatic transmission, and conventional hydraulic brakes rather than the E-class’s controversial electronic brakes. The U.S. market initially gets 4.6- and 5.5-liter V-8s, and later on, a new V-12 will be offered as well. Also expect an AMG V-8, probably not supercharged this time, and a crazy twin-turbo V-12. Inside, the S gets higher-quality materials and an all-new Comand multimedia controller that will be similar to the systems from BMW and Audi but, one hopes, easier to use than BMW’s iDrive.
WHEN: Debuts in September at the Frankfurt show and goes on sale in the U.S. in early 2006.
RICH ‘BURBS AWAIT: Still projects mega status.

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EPA MPG:

16 City / 23 Hwy

Horse Power:

241 @ 5800

Torque:

258 @ 3000