Mercedes S-Class

Mercedes S-Class

  The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the ultimate reward for a lifestyle shaped by mobility, individuality, success and sophistication. You don't simply decide to buy an S-Class: it comes to you when fate has ordained that your life should take that course. The door closes with a reassuring clunk and you have arrived. This is what makes the car and its predecessors unique among the worlds great sedans. And has done so for more than half a century.

In the past, it was rumored that the new-generation Mercedes S-Class would drop the V-12 engine from its lineup, but it looks like things have changed as of late. Car and Driver reports that Benz will unveil the new-generation S65 AMG at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show in November and the debut of S600 will follow it at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show in January.

We expect the next S65 AMG to carry the same engine as the current model, so don’t look for any real surprises.

When it comes to its exterior look, just try to imagine an even more aggressive S63 AMG — if that’s even possible — and the interior will be even sportier and more luxurious.

Stay tuned for more information, as we creep closer the the LA Show.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes S65 AMG.

Update 11/08/2013: Mercedes-Benz has just revealed a small amount of information about the 2015 S65 AMG on its Facebook page, as well as a few new images. The Automaker revealed that the 6.0-liter V-12 engine will put down 621 horsepower and launch the sedan to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. You can see more details after the jump.

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With falling sales and stiff competition from the BMW 7-Series and the Audi A8 , Mercedes is looking to revamp its S-Class line for the 2014 model year. The model has been caught testing in many times and was teased even more, but today Mercedes finally unveiled in all its glory.

As expected, the 2014 S-Class adopted the same design language we have seen in all the recently launched Mercedes models, which was started by the 2010 Mercedes F800 Style Concept . Translated, this means the new S-Class received sharper lines, a sportier front fascia, a larger grille and a redesigned rear end.

The model grew in size, so it now offers improved interior room where the passengers can enjoy the highest-quality materials, luxurious wood trim, a metallic switchgear and stitched-leather accents.

UPDATE 05/15/2013: The new Mercedes S-Class finally made its world debut today at the Airbus A380 delivery center in Hamburg, Germany.

UPDATE 8/21/2013: Mercedes-Benz has announced the all new 2014 S 500 Plug-In Hybrid with its 94.2 mpg rating. See more after the jump.

UPDATED 9/9/2013: Mercedes-Benz has finally revealed the full U.S. lineup and pricing details. We will only see S550 and S550 4MATIC variant here in the States, and the model will base out at $92,900.

UPDATED 10/15/2013: The new Mercedes S-Class made its debut today at dealerships across the country and on network television as part of an integrated marketing launch. Check out the two new commercial we have just added to the review!

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes S-Class!

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A luxury limousine needs no explanation. For many buyers, is the only type of car on the market they will consider. Transporting themselves, family members and business colleagues in comfort and luxury is the name of the game.

It is much more than comfort for these affluent clients, or we would see American businessmen lapping up the Chevy Impala or Toyota Avalon like they do stock options in a venture capital-backed, start-up company.

No, for these buyers - it is either a professionally-driven car service or it must be the something extremely luxurious and "on brand." In other words, something these fancy folks think matches their lifestyle, clothing, accessories, vacation spots and what-have-you.

The luxury sedans on this list start at about $65,000 and go way up from there. These limos need to be huge in the back seat, ruling out the BMW 5 Series , Mercedes E-Class and Audi A6 from contention.

So, let’s talk big. A back seat so roomy that you can read the full newspaper and cross your legs. For that, it will take the size of the Audi A7 at minimum, and up to the Rolls-Royce Ghost LWB at maximum.

Click Pass the jump for the full list of the Top-Ten Luxury Sedans.

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The new-generation Mercedes S-Class was unveiled back in May and tuners are already thinking how to update the luxury sedan so it will deliver more power than the stock version, and why not to look even more aggressive.

One of these tuners is German Special Customs, which prepared a pretty cool upgrade kit for the new S-Class that can be applied to all the models in the lineup. To this point the tuner focused only on upgrading the exterior look of the S-Class , but for the future it is preparing to offer a significant power boost. GSC promises that the S63 AMG will deliver a total of 850 horsepower — an amazing update over the standard 577 horsepower.

For the moment customers will only be able to opt for a very aggressive aerodynamic kit and a set of 21-inch wheels.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz S-Class by German Special Customs.

As Mercedes ’ flagship model since roughly the beginning of time, the Mercedes S-Class has always been at the forefront of the automaker’s technological advancements. In a lot of ways, it was ahead of the curve and contained features that would eventually move down to the company’s other models.

At last month’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance , Mercedes took the unprecedented step of showcasing all of its S-Class models, including a number of iconic models that have since been given the classic treatment.

But the best part about this showcase was that Mercedes was able to capture it on video, giving all of us a chance to relive the legendary history of the company’s flagship model dating back to its infancy. There are a lot in there that were released way before any of us were born, so you can understand how reverential we treat some of these models.

Click past the jump to read about the latest model to be bestowed the S-Class designation, the recently revealed 2013 Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept

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The super-luxury coupe market is heating up rapidly this year with the production debut of the Rolls-Royce Wraith fastback and the brand-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe concept .

Both are aiming for the meat of the market occupied by the Bentley Continental GT : a car so successful and profitable that it almost single-handedly relaunched the $100,000 to $150,000 market for two-door, four-seat dream coupes.

While the Conti GT V-8 S is now far more nimble but just as rapid as before, the styling of the Bentley is looking quite tired and unappealing for the sharpest and most fashion-forward shoppers.

In the ultra-chic world of luxury cars, yachts and homes on three continents - old styling and previous ownership of the Bentley means these buyers are ready to move forward.

New styles are poised to capture these Bentley refugees with the Wraith and S-Class Coupe , which is quite near production specification despite being officially tagged a concept.

These two swish shapes are both absolutely fresh designs that introduce advanced styling concepts for both the RR and Merc brands. If well received, the cues seen here will have a strong influence on the next-generation vehicle designs from these storied luxury marques.

As sedan-based two-door coupes, they both essentially start at the same place as the Bentley did when remodeling the VW Phaeton.

But which car is more beautiful, technically interesting, and the winner of this TopSpeed Design Showdown between the 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith and the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe concept ?

Updated 10/24/2013: This article now features the latest photography from Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz

Click past the jump for a side-by-side battle of these two exotics from all angles.

Fresh off of disposing Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in one of the most clinical displays of boxing you’ll ever see, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is back to living large like nobody else can.

He pocketed a cool $41.5 million as his fight purse alone, and that number is expected to hit anywhere from $85 to $100 million when all is said and done. So yeah, the nickname fits the man, so they say.

Mayweather’s status as one of the richest athletes in the world also affords him some nice luxuries, one of which he proudly displayed during the recent build-up to the Alvarez fight.

Over in his Las Vegas home, Mayweather has a pretty sick car collection. It’s not sick because of the quantity. It’s sick because of the quality of machines he has inside his Vegas property. Oh, and they’re all white too, which has become a color of choice whenever Mayweather is shopping for a new set of wheels.

Take a look at the collection and tell us you’re not impressed. There’s a Lamborghini Aventador , a Ferrari 599 GTB , a Ferrari 458 Spyder , a Rolls-Royce Drophead , a Bentley Mulsanne , a Rolls-Royce Phantom , a Bugatti Veyron , and his personal favorite, a 1996 Mercedes S600 V12 sedan , which we assume was his first car after turning pro in 1996. In case your head is spinning just trying to tally up the rough total of those cars, it is somewhere between $3.5 and $4 million, depending on the years and the options on each car.

But the best part about Money May’s extravagant car collection? It’s not the only one he has. He’s got one in Miami, Los Angeles, and God knows where else.

That’s how you collect in style, fellas.

Click past the jump to read more about Floyd Mayweather

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Carlsson’s stand at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show came with some pretty sweet programs for a number of Mercedes models. The one for the 2014 Mercedes S-Class , though, stood tall among all of them.

Packed with a bevy of aesthetic, aerodynamic and performance modifications, Carlsson’s reputation as a Mercedes-tuner extraordinaire was on full display with what it did to the automaker’s resident luxury sedan. One look at the S-Class’ profile, and you can immediately tell some of the differences, including the new front bumper with larger air intakes and an "RS" front lip spoiler. The side skirts have also been revised, while a new rear valance and a new sports exhaust system make their presences felt around back, giving the S-Class a more pronounced and aggressive stance that belies its luxury character.

Moving to the interior, the usual leather and wood refinements are offered, including what we can only imagine to be pretty expensive — if not a little over the top — sheepskin floor mats. A new fridge was also added, as well as humidor, a WIFI-hotspot, a rear seat entertainment system and a REVOX sound system. With all these interior upgrades, it would be pretty cool to be a passenger in this car, yeah?

The biggest source of Carlsson’s pride, though, lies in the engine. Thanks to a comprehensive power upgrade, the S-Class’ 4.7-liter V-8 engine can now produce 610 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, a staggering improvement from the standard 456 horsepower and 517 pound-feet numbers in its standard configuration. If you have the S63 AMG, which carries 536 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque in its standard format, your power bump spikes all the way up 780 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque.

Carlsson didn’t release performance figures, but we imagine the S-Class can hit 60 mph in the high-three-second range to go with a top speed of about 180 mph. For the S63 AMG, it should hit 60 in just under three seconds with a top speed just north of 200 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the standard Mercedes S-Class

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Mercedes-Benz is expanding its S-Class lineup for 2015 with a plug-in hybrid version, joining the S400 Hybrid and the S300 BlueTEC Hybrid. The S550 Plug-in Hybrid features an extreme level of technical innovations all working together to produce the most efficient driving experience while still offering all the posh buyers expect from Mercedes.

The sedan uses a twin-turbocharged, V-6 engine and a high-voltage, 8.7 kWh lithium-ion battery to motivate the car. A super-compact electric motor fits in place of the seven-speed automatic’s torque converter, allowing for easy fitment under the S-Class’ floor pan.

Four drive modes allow the driver to chose between Hybrid, E-Mode (electric only, E-Save (less electric, more gasoline) and Charge (charges the battery while driving). The S550 Plug-in Hybrid also uses recuperative braking system to slow the car. The system works to eliminate the noticeable transition between the conventional brakes and the electric motor in generator mode.

On top of recuperative braking, the S550 Plug-in Hybrid lives up to its name by offering a receptacle in the rear bumper for charging from a power source. What’s more, Mercedes Mercedes is working alongside BMW on a wireless, inductive charging system. Mercedes hasn’t revealed when inductive charging with be available, but expect it in the future.

Updated 09/17/2014: Mercedes unveiled a new set of images and full specs on the 2015 S500 Plug-in Hybrid. Check them out after the jump.
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After unveiling the 2014 S-Class sedan back in May, Mercedes decided to preview the coupe version at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . However, in a strange twist, the German company decided to only show a concept version of the new S-Class Coupe and not the production version.

After teasing it yesterday for the first time, Mercedes fully unveiled the S-Class Coupe Concept today. The production version will serve as the successor for the CL-Class , and it will target super-luxury models, models like the Bentley Continental GT .

Mercedes will build the new S-Class Coupe on a modified version of the S-Class sedan’s platform and will come with the choice of either a V-8 or V-12 engine. In concept form, the S-Class Coupe carries just a V-8 engine.

A production version will follow at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show .

Updated 09/09/2013: This review has been updated with the official specs, images and video.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes S-Class Coupe Concept.


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