2018 Mercedes-Benz S 560 e Plug-in Hybrid
The S-Class – previously known as the “Special” Class – is Merc’s full-sized coupe and sedan, a flagship luxury vehicle that promises the highest levels of refinement, the finest materials, and the most advanced technology offered by the German automaker. Following its reintroduction in 1972, there have been six generations of the S-Class, with the latest generation introduced for the 2014 model year. But now, the calendar is telling me the date is 2017, and all that luxury, technology, and opulence can be had with some green sensibilities as well. Merc’s latest entry in this segment is the S 560 e, the successor to the S 550 e, which once again seeks to find a balance of both long range and a local emission-free motoring, all with that characteristic Mercedes gloss. The S 560 e just broke cover at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and it when it hits U.S. dealers in 2019, it’s expected to arrive with a twist-happy 3.0-liter V-6, 25 miles of all-electric range, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and plenty of Eco-focused features, plus all the traditional luxury bits, of course.
The S 560 e Plug-In Hybrid is the latest effort from Mercedes as it pushes for more extensive electrification across its entire lineup. Both all-electric vehicles and hybrids are slated to see a big boost in the Merc portfolio, so expect to see the same stuff previewed in the S-Class trickle down to the more accessible models.
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Brabus Once Again Proves It’s The King Of Mercedes-AMG Tuning
Unless we’re in for a surprise in the next coming days, it looks like the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will only have one major aftermarket tuning company in attendance. It’s a little bit of a surprise, but then again, the tuner that did show up is Brabus, and we all know its place in the tuning hierarchy. Suffice to say, it’s the go-to tuner for Mercedes-Benz models. This week Brabus showed solidified this with not one, not two, but three different programs for three different Mercedes-AMG models, all of which, mind you, received insane levels of power and performance, among other things.
These are the kinds of things that we can expect from Brabus. As a matter of fact, these are the kinds of things that we’ve already expected out of the tuner. I’ve already detailed my thoughts about the Rocket 900 program for the AMG S 65 Cabrio and the 700 kit for the AMG E 63 S last week. But guess what; Brabus wasn’t done. Rather, it followed those two major reveals with another program, the 900PS, for the AMG G 65 V12. All that and the tuner even had the time to build and develop a concept for smart called the Ultimate E Concept and had one of its sub-brands – Startech – come up with an aero kit for the Land Rover Discovery. Those two aside, the three Mercedes-AMG tuning kits are prime examples of why everyone regards Brabus as one of the best tuners in the game today. It may be far from being the only one, but rest assured, if there’s somebody out there with a Mercedes or a Mercedes-AMG in his garage that’s dying to get some aftermarket tuning love, Brabus should be one of the first, if not the first, tuners he should call.
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The Mercedes S-Class Family Grows with the Addition of the S 560 e Plug-in Hybrid
When the W222, sixth-gen Mercedes S-Class came to the market in 2013, it sat in a niche that was completely void of any real competition. But, after just a few years that changed, with long-time rival BMW introducing the new 7 Series and GM’s luxury division, Cadillac, introducing the full-size CT6 to the market. The S-Class was already competitive enough to hold its own in the full-size luxury segment and was even praised for its superior ride quality, seemingly effortless acceleration, and all of that fancy tech that brought it one step closer to being a true-to-life spaceship on wheels. With the new E-Class coming before this mid-cycle update, Merc had a lot of new tech on its hands, and you certainly can’t have a lesser model sporting better features, so this was the icing on the cake and triggered Mercedes to revamp the S-Class in time for 2018. Now that we’re approaching the holiday season and the new year, Mercedes saw fit to introduce the newest member of the S-Class family: The S 560 e – a plug-in hybrid that promises to be a huge improvement over the outgoing model.
So, now that we’re looking at the facelifted S-Class hybrid, it’s important to note that it also comes with a new name. Previously known as the S550 Plug-in Hybrid, the 2018 model will now go by the nomenclature of S560 e Plug-in Hybrid. Highlights of the facelifted model include an increase in system output of more than 50 horsepower, increased all-electric range thanks to a revised battery, relocated electric components, and increased luggage room in the rear. An ECO assist feature will help you drive more efficiently, while pre-entry climate control will have the temperature just right before you even sit down inside the vehicle. I guess that’s pretty commendable and right in line with what you should expect for a car of this stature. With that said, let’s take a closer look at what kind of improvements the revised hybrid brings to the market. Something tells me, you might want to consider trading in that old plug-in for a new one, but we’ll see.
2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
The current generation of the S-Class Coupe hit the market for 2015 and brought about the best design, technology, and luxury that the German automaker had to offer. It was based heavily on the S-Class Coupe Concept that was showcased in Frankfurt back in 2014 and was offered with a 367-horsepower V-6 and a 449-horsepower V-8. We’re now starting to see 2018 models hit the market, so it should be no surprise that Mercedes has been working hard on a facelift for its resident, full-size coupe. As part of this facelift, you won’t notice too many changes at skin level, but that’s because Mercedes was more focused on bringing about all of the new tech found in the recently revealed E-Class, which includes some semi-autonomous driving features, OLED lighting in the rear, an updated infotainment system, and new V-8 engine meow offers up a little more power next to the updated V-6 that offers better efficiency thanks to a new “gliding function.” Finally, the model lineup has changed a bit as well as a part of this facelift, so there’s that to discuss as well.
All told, the updated S-Class is now fully prepared to take on the competition, thanks to all of the new tech that Merc introduced with the E-Class and its desire to improve efficiency and supply more power when possible. With that said, there’s still not a lot to talk about as far as aesthetic updates, but there’s plenty of tech and standard features to go over. It’s not a revolution for the S-Class by any means, but it’s still worthy of some dedicated attention, so let’s take a good look at it and how it might stand up in the market once it finally launches.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG S63-S65
The S-Class is an old nameplate for Mercedes, dating all the way back to the ‘50s. Back then, Merc called it the Sonderklasse (“Special Class” in its native German), adopting the current “S-Class” badge in the early ‘70s. These days, you can get a variety of S-Class variants, but the quickest of the bunch tout the letters “AMG” on the trunk lid. Tuned by the automaker’s independent performance division, these titans of European motoring offer all the traditional comfort and luxury you’d expect, but add a dollop of furious DTM-themed performance on top, creating one serious slice of automobile as a result. Available in several different body styles, two-door variants include a coupe and a cabriolet, with either the twin-turbo V-8-powered S63 or the twin-turbo V-12-powerd S65 rounding out the powertrain options. Keeping things fresh, Merc just announced updates for the 2018 model year, including tweaked styling and a new V-8 for the S63, once again continuing the tradition established over six decades in the past.
However, this latest refresh brings with it a few questions, the most pressing of which pertains to the S63’s new engine. While the eight gets a displacement downgrade, power is up, challenging the twelve in terms of peak output and straight up trouncing the S65 in terms of acceleration numbers. Which begs the question – why get the S65 when the S63 is arguably the better buy? Read on to find out, plus learn about all the updates for 2018.
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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet
First introduced in 1972, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been the company’s flagship model for more than 40 years and stepped into the 21st century as one of the world’s best-selling luxury models. The sedan’s success prompted the German firm to create numerous body types over the years, including two-door models. But, while the coupe was offered on many occasions, the full-size convertible needed more than four decades to return into dealerships. Launched in 2015, the current-generation S-Class Cabriolet is set to receive its mid-cycle facelift at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Aimed at the popular Bentley Continental GTC, the revised S-Class Cabriolet gains all the new features we’ve seen on the 2018 S-Class sedan. While the exterior design carries over mostly unchanged, the interior gets new tech, including extended driver assistance systems and convenience features. More importantly, the old 4.7-liter V-8 was retired in favor for the newer, 4.0-liter V-8 that debuted in AMG GT sports car and found its way in many Mercedes cars and crossovers in the last couple of years. Find out what’s new in the review below and stay tuned for updates from Frankfurt.
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2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet Brabus Rocket 900
Brabus has dropped the gloves ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show with the presentation of what it claims to be the world’s most powerful four-door cabriolet. The German tuner has been known to use superlatives like this from time to time, but it’s hard to argue against its claim for the tuned up version of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG S65. This gnarly beast packs 888 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque, and that’s only one part of the story of the car now known as the Brabus Rocket 900.
We’ve been down this road before with Brabus as the history of its programs wearing the “Rocket” name stretches back to the last decade with the CLS-Class and the SL-Class. Even the coupe version of the Mercedes-AMG S65 has been the recipient of the “world’s fastest” treatment, a testament to the kind of audacity the tuner is capable of. Needless to say, the new Rocket 900 follows along the same path, with almost 900 horsepower in tow to go with a menu of aerodynamic enhancements, suspension improvements, new wheels, and a plush interior offering. The result is a car that not only performs like a car with rockets strapped onto it, but also looks the part of what a fully dressed up AMG S65 should look like. It’s a fitting kit from the tuning company that has given us no shortage of over-the-top tuning programs over the years.
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Watch the Dash-Cam Footage of Tiger Woods DUI Arrest
Footage showing Tiger Woods’ DUI arrest in Jupiter, Florida earlier this week was just released to media by local law enforcement. The pro golfer was apparently pulled over and asleep at the wheel when officers approached his 2015 Mercedes-AMG 65 early Monday morning. The car’s engine was running. Woods apparently exhibited “extremely slow and slurred, mumbled” speech and had difficulty walking, according to a police report. No alcohol was detected following a breathalyzer and urine analysis, but Woods did admit to taking prescription drugs that had a greater than expected effect. Woods has been recovering from multiple back surgeries, and hasn’t played golf competitively since February.
Woods apologized in a statement issued Monday night. “I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly,” he said. “I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself, too. I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.”
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How Does the BMW 8 Series Concept Stack Up Against the Mercedes S-Class Coupe?
Eighteen years. That’s how long it’s been since BMW had a model called the 8 Series. It seems like a lifetime ago, but fans of the old 8 Series will probably tell you they still think about one of BMW’s most iconic models to this day. I know I fall in that category, which isn’t all that surprising considering my well-known fascination for the old 8er. But that was then and this is now. The old 8 Series may be a sought-after collectible now, but BMW is determined to bring some shine back to the name with the introduction of the new 8 Series Concept.
BMW’s intentions for the 8 Series name is already known. It plans to bring it back to replace the outgoing 6 Series as the company’s next flagship model. It’s a great plan from all angles, one that should give some of Bimmer’s biggest rivals enough reason to pause and look over at Bavaria to see what it’s up to. I imagine Mercedes is doing just that because the return of the 8 Series means that the S-Class finally gets the fierce rival it’s been missing for close to two decades. The question now is whether BMW’s 8 Series Concept has the goods to compete against the Mercedes S-Class Coupe. Unfortunately, we’re no closer to finding an answer to that because the 8 Series isn’t scheduled to hit production form until 2018. What we do have now, thanks to BMW, is a concept that’s striking enough to dissect. What better way to do that than to put it up against Mercedes’ own flagship luxury coupe.
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Don’t Get Blinded By Fostla’s Orange Chrome Wrap On The Mercedes-AMG S 63
The aftermarket tuning world really is full of zany minds and over-the-top imaginations, isn’t it? When you’ve been covering this particular sub-industry of the automotive world, you get exposed to all sorts of tuning creations. Most of them are impressive in their own right while some aren’t as appealing as customers would like them to be. Then there’s Fostla’s new program for the Mercedes-AMG S 63 that can be described as polarizing at best. Good thing then that it has 730 horsepower on tap because if it didn’t, I’d have trouble looking at it.
For the record, orange is actually my favorite color. I appreciate all the unique shades it can come in, but I’m having trouble figuring out why Fostla thought a chrome orange wrap was a good idea for a car like the AMG S 63. Maybe it could’ve worked on the AMG C 63, but the AMG S 63? I’m not sold. In fact, it’s hard to look at it for an extended period of time without feeling a little sorry for the high-priced performance coupe. Fortunately, there are other aspects about the program that are worth mentioning, in part because they’re actually impressive additions to the whole makeup of the kit. PP Performance’s contribution is the unquestioned highlight as the tuner helped the AMG S 63’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine significantly increase its output by more than 150 horsepower to 730 ponies. That’s a solid number that would probably get more attention if that chrome orange wrap wasn’t there to steal the spotlight for the wrong reasons.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG S 65
Merc began production of the full-size S-Class sedan in the early ‘70s, following the official adoption of the “S-Class” nomenclature. Previously dubbed the “Sonderklasse,” or “special class,” this ultra-sleek opulence machine is currently at the halfway-point of its sixth generation. Framed as Mercedes’ flagship four-door and boasting the best that Merc can muster when it comes to style and equipment, a pair of high-horsepower variants from AMG occupies the top of the S-Class pyramid, including the S 63 and even-faster S 65. Both iterations just got a mid-cycle update at the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show, with the S 63 gaining a raft of changes affecting everything from the engine, to the transmission, to the AWD, to the styling. By comparison, the S 65 is less new, but still hugely impressive. The party piece is under the hood, where the previous model’s turbo 6.0-liter V-12 engine remains intact, complemented by updates to the S 65’s exterior styling and kit. Meanwhile, the rest of the spec sheet goes unchanged, including the seven-speed automatic transmission, Magic Body Control Suspension, track-oriented AMG options, and tech-heavy safety features.
“The S 65 with its high-torque 6.0-liter V-12 Biturbo engine remains the spearhead of the S-Class models,” proclaims Chairman of the Managing Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH, Tobias Moers. All told, the AMG S 65 is an exercise in excess, with crazy-fast speed potential and land-based luxury yacht style. Read on to see if the 2018 model year is worthy of retaining its “special” designation.
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2018 Mercedes-AMG S63
The latest-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class was introduced in 2013 and brought many innovations to the market. Features like the Magic Body Control suspension, the radar sensors for detecting obstacles, and the semi-
like Steering Assist that made it the most advanced luxury vehicle on the market — a title it continues to hold even if BMW launched a brand-new 7 Series in the meantime. The standard sedan was quickly followed by
prepped S63 and S65 versions, and both have been updated for the 2018 model year.
The revised AMG S63 broke cover at the 2018 Shanghai Auto Show alongside the standard, yet still luxurious and fast model. Visual upgrades are of the facelift variety and won’t blow anyone away, but the interior received far more attention. New features include upgrades to upholstery and options, but also a healthy update in the tech department with all the state-of-the-art gadgets that debuted on the smaller E-Class in 2016. There’s even bigger news under the hood. While the bonkers AMG S65 continues with the massive V-12, the S63 ditches the 5.5-liter V-8 in favor of AMG’s much newer twin-turbo, 4.0-liter unit. As expected, the new engine comes with a power increase, which translates into better performance.
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