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Lucky number seven for the Sonderklasse

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the seventh generation of the company’s iconic full-size sedan. Unveiled almost 50 years since Mercedes started using the S-Class name, the W223-generation four-door comes with a revised exterior inspired by existing models and a brand-new interior with state-of-the-art technology and more displays than any other full-size on the market. In the drivetrain department, the 2021 S-Class features old and new drivetrains, most of them paired to 48-volt systems, as well as a new hybrid powertrain. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

 

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2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

The Maybach-ed S-Class is back and it’s full of chrome this time around

If we’re being honest here, the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class was just a matter of when not if. So here it is in all its chrome-y flashiness, coming to satisfy the needs and desires of those who believe the regular S-Class simply won’t cut it.

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The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the Epitome of Ridiculous Luxury

The 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the Epitome of Ridiculous Luxury

New Mercedes-Maybach S-Class adds seven inches to the wheelbase, retains big V-12 engine

Since it’s revival as a Mercedes-Benz sub-brand in 2015, Maybach has been selling pimped-up S-Class model. Come 2020 and Mercedes-Maybach is switching to the latest-generation S-Class, the W223. Adopting the new design and features of the brand-new S-Class, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class takes things to a whole new level in terms of luxury and comfort. Seven inches longer than the regular S-Class, the Mercedes-Maybach model basically redefined chauffeured-driven luxury and offers an alternative to Rolls-Royce and Bentley limousines.

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BMW Acknowledges That The New Mercedes S-Class Is Superior to the Aging 7 Series

BMW Acknowledges That The New Mercedes S-Class Is Superior to the Aging 7 Series

It’s a nice compliment, but it could also be a call to raise the stakes

In a rare showing of public humility, BMW is throwing flowers in Mercedes-Benz’s direction. The Bavarian automaker has taken to social media to acknowledge what a lot of people already know: the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is balls-to-the-wall awesome.

BMW seems to think so, too, telling its fierce rival that it is a big fan of the S-Class. It’s a nice acknowledgment from BMW’s part, though it is worth mentioning that the next-generation BMW 7 Series is already in the works. Seems like BMW knows that Mercedes raised the segment’s bar with the all-new S-Class. Now it’s BMW’s turn to meet Mercedes at that level with the next-generation 7er.

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2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63 e

2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63 e

The range-topping, AMG-prepped S-Class is going hybrid, but it will be the most powerful ever made

The 2022 Mercedes-AMG S 63e is an upcoming, high-performance version of the company’s full-size sedan. Just like its predecessor, the AMG S 63, the 2022 AMG S 63 e will be heavily based on the regular model.

However, the new high-performance sedan will feature a hybrid drivetrain instead of an all-gasoline powertrain. So not only it will be more powerful, but it will also return better fuel economy and will boast some sort of all-electric range. Let’s find out more about that in the speculative review below.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Lucky number seven for the Sonderklasse

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the seventh generation of the company’s iconic full-size sedan. Unveiled almost 50 years since Mercedes started using the S-Class name, the W223-generation four-door comes with a revised exterior inspired by existing models and a brand-new interior with state-of-the-art technology and more displays than any other full-size on the market. In the drivetrain department, the 2021 S-Class features old and new drivetrains, most of them paired to 48-volt systems, as well as a new hybrid powertrain. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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Here's What the New Hybrid Mercedes-AMG S63 Could Look Like

Here’s What the New Hybrid Mercedes-AMG S63 Could Look Like

The new Mercedes-AMG S63 will arrive in 2021 and it will be a hybrid

The brand-new, W223-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class debuted in early September, but the German company showcased only the regular models so far. Both AMG and Maybach versions are underway, but we might not seem them in the metal before 2021. However, this rendering of the AMG S63 sedan gives us a first look at the company’s upcoming performance sedan.

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The Electrified AMG S-Class Could Boast Supercar-Like Power and Performance

The Electrified AMG S-Class Could Boast Supercar-Like Power and Performance

Yes, we’re talking about the Mercedes-AMG S63e and S73e flagships

It was only last week that we talked about the incoming Mercedes-Benz S580e, a plug-in hybrid model packing 510 horsepower that’s also capable of traveling for about 62 miles relying solely on electricity.

Now, we’re back on the topic with Affalterbach’s take on the S-Class, namely the upcoming so-called S63e and S73e performance sedans.

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New Mercedes-Benz S-Class PHEV Will Pack a Hefty Punch

New Mercedes-Benz S-Class PHEV Will Pack a Hefty Punch

It will be the sort of hybrid that serves performance first and foremost

The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class was introduced to the world via a book-size press release and north of 300 pictures. It has been dissected and talked about by every car-centric outlet worth its salt but we all missed one important detail about Mercedes’ new flagship: it will spawn a pretty potent hybrid version.

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2021 Mercedes S-Class Arrives To Redefine Automotive Luxury

2021 Mercedes S-Class Arrives To Redefine Automotive Luxury

The new Mercedes S-Class boasts more tech than ever, mild hybrid drivetrains

The sixth-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class is turning seven years old in 2020, so the German company acted accordingly and introduced a brand-new version of the sedan. In the absence of auto shows due to the coronavirus pandemic, the seventh-generation S-Class, codenamed the W223, broke cover online with revised styling, a brand-new interior with modern tech, and a pair of electrified drivetrains for the U.S. market.

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan - Awesome Picture Gallery

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan - Awesome Picture Gallery

Mercedes New flagship S-Class Has Arrived and You Have to See It

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has arrived with familiar looks, new engineering and technological innovations, two new hybrid engine choices, a huge Tesla-like center touchscreen, and more safety technology than ever before. While we prepare some more in-depth information for you, you can enjoy the picture gallery that I’ve posted below.

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2020 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet by Brabus and Fostla

2020 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet by Brabus and Fostla

A unique look for a unique car

When you own a car like the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet and you’re looking to get some aftermarket work done on it, one tuner might not be enough to give you your desired results. Take the case of this particular AMG S 63 Cabriolet that was on sale at German online car site Mobile.de. This AMG S 63 Cabriolet has been treated to aftermarket work, namely from famed Mercedes tuner Brabus and Fostla, and the result will invite plenty of stares on the road.

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Check Out This Video Review for the 1979 Mercedes S-Class W116

Check Out This Video Review for the 1979 Mercedes S-Class W116

The first-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class is almost 50 years old!

Car reviews are a great way to find out things about a new vehicle you might be interested in. It’s also a great way to "get closer" to highly expensive luxury cars and supercar you can’t afford, and you may never get to see in the metal. But car reviews are even better when they’re about classic cars, especially when the vehicle in question is the first-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The folks over at Autogefuhl just put together a 30-minute video review of a 1979 version, and it will teach you everything you need to know about the first limousine that featured an "S-Class" badge.

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The Mercedes-AMG S63 Is About to Creep Into Supercar Territory

The Mercedes-AMG S63 Is About to Creep Into Supercar Territory

As if the current S63 wasn’t an absolute beast already

As we wait for Mercedes-Benz to unveil the brand new S-Class, rumors have already started swirling on the upcoming S63 based on the said S-Class. As it turns out, the AMG S63 that’s going to be based on the incoming S-Class will be a supercar-beating luxo-barge aided by electricity, if we are to believe a recent report.

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How to Squeeze An Extra 279 HP Out Of A 600 HP V-12 Engine

How to Squeeze An Extra 279 HP Out Of A 600 HP V-12 Engine

Go to Bottrop, Germany, and knock at Brabus’ door to find out first-hand

Brabus is the biggest and most famous independent Mercedes-Benz tuner out there and the Germans have been fettling with products sporting the three-pointed star since the late ’70s which is why we were not surprised to find out that one of their most powerful creations, the $400,000 Rocket 900, puts out almost 280 horsepower more than the Mercedes-Maybach S650 it’s based on. Here’s how Brabus does it.

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2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition

2020 Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition

Crème de la crème Mercedes-Maybach is limited to just 15 units

Whenever Mercedes-Benz sets its mind of offering special-editions cars, you can bet they offer the best the carmaker can provide. The same goes for Mercedes-Maybach, but on a whole different level that touches on the stratospheric layers of car luxury. Enter the USA-exclusive Mercedes-Maybach S 650 Night Edition that’s based on the soon-to-be-replaced W222 S-Class.

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2020 BMW M8 vs 2019 Mercedes-AMG S63

2020 BMW M8 vs 2019 Mercedes-AMG S63

When it comes to super-fast luxurious German coupes, it all boils down to the BMW M8 and the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe

Until recently, BMW didn’t offer a righteous rival for the S-Class Coupe. Subsequently, the Mercedes-AMG S63 was ruling the realm without a competitor in sight, but that changed when the M8 was born.

Although the S-Class Coupe/AMG S63 is a shorter, two-door version of the larger S-Class sedan and the M8 was designed as fully-blown coupe right off the bat, it fits nicely into the same ballpark as the juiced-up Mercedes-AMG S63. So in our quest to see which is better, we’re taking a good close look at what they have to offer on paper.

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The Mercedes V-12 Will Live On In the S-Class, Emissions Be Damned

The Mercedes V-12 Will Live On In the S-Class, Emissions Be Damned

Merc’s powerhouse engine will live to see another S-Class generation

Just when you thought it was safe to proclaim the V-12 engine a relic in Mercedes-Benz’s engine lineup, now comes word that the mighty V-12 might not be done yet. Daimler chairman Ola Källenius made that point to GT Spirit on the sidelines of the 2019 Guangzhou Auto Show in China. According to Källenius, the next-generation Mercedes S-Class will be offered with a V-12. He didn’t dive into the specifics of the said engine, but speculation is rampant that the next-generation S-Class’ V-12 engine will be an updated version of the 6.0-liter V-12 unit that’s currently available in the Mercedes-Maybach S650.

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2020 Ferrari 812 GTS vs. 2020 Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet

2020 Ferrari 812 GTS vs. 2020 Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet

As far as grunty open-top luxury cars go, the 812 GTS and the S 65 can be considered the creme de la creme

They might share the same engine configuration, but the 2020 Ferrari 812 GTS and the 2020 Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet are two very different dishes. One’s naturally aspirated while the other uses the magic of forced induction. One is a purpose-built supercar while the other is the open-top version of one of the most luxurious full-size sedan you can buy today.

But here at Top Speed we have a knack for dissecting things, so we thought an in-depth comparison between the 812 GTS and the Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabrio would be equally useful and interesting, even as they come from two different worlds.

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There's a Japanese Tuner That Can Make Your Mercedes Sound Like a Freaking F1 Car

There’s a Japanese Tuner That Can Make Your Mercedes Sound Like a Freaking F1 Car

When you take your Mercedes-Benz to attend singing lessons

Are you one of those that dream of the days when F1 cars would scream past on the straights, their bellowing 2.4-liter V-8s revving all the way up to 18,000 rpm? While the current hybrid units are probably here to stay, there’s a way to bring that soundtrack back into your life without having to go on the internet to find old race recordings. You can knock at the door of a Japanese tuner located in the quaint city of Kawasaki. The shop is called Technical Garage Sasaki and the product we’re here to talk about is the ostentatiously named Brilliant Exhaust.

If you search the internet, you’ll find people asking how to make their 2-liter grocery-getters sound like muscle cars or how to make an ordinary car sound like a generic race car. While you may be insulted by the mere idea of installing an exhaust system that radically changes the noise a car produces no matter the rpm, you can’t argue that it can be fun to stroll in a dull-looking sedan that screams like a Ferrari at will. It’s gimmicky, sure, but it’ll raise many eyebrows and annoy many neighbors. That is especially true if you go for the Brilliant Exhaust, an exhaust that looks normal from the outside but is amazingly resourceful in the sound department.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe - Driven

2019 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe - Driven

Mercedes rock the boat!

In rankings of popular super luxury grand tourers, the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe often gets the shaft when compared with the likes of the Bentley Continental GT, Aston Martin DB11, and Rolls-Royce Wraith. It’s not conventional to think of the AMG S 63 Coupe in the same category as these models, and yet, the German saloon has proven, time and again, that it doesn’t only belong in the conversation, but it can also lay claim to being the best of the lot. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe, in particular, personifies the split identity of this segment. It’s civil and brutal at the same time, deliberate and raunchy, advanced beyond measure yet ferociously savage when it needs to be. It tugs at the essence of what a grand tourer should be, and in doing so, it’s staking claim to a throne that has previously — and unfairly — been out of its reach.

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Kim Jong Un Is Rolling Around In Armored Mercedes-Benz Limos but They're Not From Mercedes

Kim Jong Un Is Rolling Around In Armored Mercedes-Benz Limos but They’re Not From Mercedes

Daimler issued a statement saying that it did not sell the North Korean regime any car and doesn’t know how its cars got them

Mercedes-Benz’s Guard series of armored vehicles has been the choice of many heads of state and other high-ranking state officials from around the world for many years. Currently, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier uses an S600 Guard as does India’s president, Ram Nath Kovind, but what’s surprising is that North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, as well as other members from his staff, also use S600 limos. Before anybody started pointing fingers at Mercedes-Benz, the German automaker announced it didn’t sell the cars to the regime in Pyongyang and, furthermore, doesn’t even know how the cars got there to begin with.

Remember those awkward scenes shot during the historic U.S.-North Korea summit held in Singapore in 2018? I’m talking about the images of a fleet of Kim’s bodyguards running next to his armored Mercedes-Benz as the dictator was leaving the place of the meeting. They perplexed many, but the purpose of the whole shebang was to showcase the status of Kim as well as his elite troops that protect him known as the Guard Command. But, what Mercedes-Benz found perplexing was something else: the fact that Kim used during that visit and that he also uses back home Mercedes-Benz S600 Guard models. His father, Kim Jong Il, was also seen at times aboard armored S Class models from the W140 generation but those were acquired in a different, more transparent manner as Mercedes-Benz was open to shaking hands with North Korea back then.

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2019 Mercedes-AMG S65 Final Edition

2019 Mercedes-AMG S65 Final Edition

The last special edition AMG S 65 will make its curtain call at the Geneva Motor Show

As Mercedes prepares to launch the next-generation S-Class, the German automaker and its performance division, AMG, are bidding adieu to the current-generation model with a

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bound special-edition model that’s called the AMG S 65 Final Edition. Limited the just 130 units, the AMG S 65 Final Edition is a fitting swan song for Mercedes-AMG’s resident luxobarge. The exclusive touches are mostly of the cosmetic variety, but there are a lot of them, especially in the exterior and interior of the sedan. More importantly, the AMG S 65 Final Edition represents the last time we see a V-12 engine in the S-Class family. More than the exclusive touches, the end of the V-12 era in the S-Class is reason enough for this model to turn into a collectible down the road. Mercedes-AMG has not indicated a price for the AMG S 65 Final Edition, but with the “standard” AMG S 65 starting at around $232,000, expect to pay a lot more for the opportunity to go home with one of the 130 AMG S 65 Final Edition models.

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The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Pullman Is Nothing Short Of The Royal Penthouse Suite

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Pullman Is Nothing Short Of The Royal Penthouse Suite

I am ready to sell my house and kidneys to buy this

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class Pullman is truly luxury on wheels. This is perhaps the best the brand has done in terms of opulence to date. This car is a rare find, and we haven’t seen or heard much about it since its debut. This time, however, Shmee150 has gotten his hands on the pre-facelift S600 Pullman and has shown us what this chariot feels like from inside.

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2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible vs 2019 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet

2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible vs 2019 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet

The 8 Series Convertible And The S-Class Cabriolet Are Two Of The Very Best

How can one compare the BMW 8 Series Convertible and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet? This is the furthest you can go with opulence and luxury before actually entering the realm of Aston Martin, Ferrari, or Bentley. It is the outermost edge of the space controlled by what one may call producers of conventional vehicles. But these two aren’t conventional. At all. They are luxurious, fast, opulent, and filled with technology both wonderful and eerie. Be aware, they are not for the timid. Comparing the two of these should give us much the same results as both are actually playing in the same field. However, they are trying to reach slightly different customers.

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Bosch and Daimler Will Conduct Public Testing for New Autonomous Ride-Hailing Service in San Jose CA

Bosch and Daimler Will Conduct Public Testing for New Autonomous Ride-Hailing Service in San Jose CA

Daimler is the latest company to start testing autonomous vehicles

Everywhere you look these days automakers scramble to put together their own autonomous vehicle program and ’lead the change.’ Just recently I was reporting on Uber’s desire to begin testing their autonomous Volvos again - and that’s not even a car company. Now, Daimler wants to introduce its own ride-hailing service, and it will use Mercedes-Benz S-Class models as its test beds.

The two German giants plan to deploy the pilot program as early as the first half of next year. The Mercedes S-Class models, which will be equipped with Level 4 or Level 5 automation, will be deployed on the streets of San Jose, California. Daimler Mobility Services is currently working on an app for your mobile phone which will allow you to summon a self-driving S-Class so you too can experience the joys of being driven around without having to put up with a driver asking you annoyingly personal questions.

Keep reading to learn more about Daimler and Bosch’s concerted efforts to bring Mercedes-branded automation to the streets of California

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10 fun coupes with enough space for your golf clubs

10 fun coupes with enough space for your golf clubs

Finding the right cart to help you tee up

Whether it’s a quick jaunt to the driving range, or an entire Sunday spent on the links with your friends, it’s important to have the right ride to get you and your gear to the golf course without a fuss. As such, the big luxury automakers out there offer a range of two-door coupes with enough space in the rear to transport your clubs, bag, and whatever else you need for a round or two, all without sacrificing comfort in the cabin. But which of these is the best?

To find out, we took a look at all the big names on the market from the perspective of a golfer. First and foremost, the coupe in question has to have enough trunk space to carry at least one golf bag, assuming an average golf bag size of 36 inches by 14 inches by 10 inches, or 3 cubic feet, give or take. What’s more, we’re also considering style and appearance, as well as luxury and equipment features inside the cabin.

So then - arranged in no particular order, here’s our picks for the top 10 luxury coupes to take golfing.

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Mercedes Launches The S560e Plug-in Hybrid

Mercedes Launches The S560e Plug-in Hybrid

And, the automaker has begun its reign of electrification

Mercedes is on a roll with electrified cars lately, especially after the launch of the new EQC. While the long-term plan is to have electric cars on the market, the German automaker’s portfolio in the foreseeable future includes hybrids and plug-in hybrids. To cap it off, Mercedes has launched the S560; in Europe for now.

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The Next-Gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Will Feature Level 3 Autonomy

The Next-Gen 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Will Feature Level 3 Autonomy

Be ready to get chauffeured around without a chauffeur; well almost

Mercedes-Benz is upping the ante by introducing Level 3 autonomy in its next-gen S-Class that will launch in 2020, improving on technology found in the current-generation model that has level 2 autonomy. After featuring in the S-Class, the German automaker will use the autonomous system in other cars as well.

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The Mercedes V-12 is Not Long for this World

The Mercedes V-12 is Not Long for this World

The good things die fast

Mercedes-AMG has confirmed that its V-12 engine is nearing its end, and the V-8s will be the taking over the duties. Mercedes-AMG boss, Tobias Moers, said that the V-12 engines will be retired once the production of the current S65 ends. The V-8s will be the new torch-bearers, thanks to electrification.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabrio by Posaidon

2018 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabrio by Posaidon

Merc’s sexy roadster gets Project One levels of power

The Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet was on the receiving end of an extensive tuning upgrade courtesy of Posaidon. The German tuner’s program was developed for the pre-facelift version of the AMG S 63. It’s the same model that uses AMG’s old 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, which produces 577 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. With the upgrades in tow, the AMG S 63 Cabriolet is now able to produce a whopping 1,005 horsepower and 1,033 pound-feet of torque.

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The 10 Most Beautiful Cars Available Today

The 10 Most Beautiful Cars Available Today

Swooning over these models can become occupational hazard

It’s true that there is subjectivity in beauty, but in the world of automobiles, that’s less likely to manifest itself because the cream always rises to the top. The most beautiful cars today don’t need to let the world know they’re beautiful. They just are. That’s why when we’re discussing which of today’s cars look the best, the same models find their way into the conversation. There will be some debates, sure, but for the most part, those debates typically are about determining if a car looks awesome or super awesome. Compiling a list of the ten most beautiful cars today was difficult because there were too many options to consider. In the end, I got through my list of 10 models that can take my money just by looking at them.

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Comparison: BMW 8 Series Vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Comparison: BMW 8 Series Vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Should Mercedes-Benz be worried?

After many years of persistent requests from gearheads and several rumors, the BMW 8 Series finally returned to the market after almost 20 years. The grand tourer’s revival not only marks the return of an iconic Bimmer, but it also gives the Munich-based company a proper competitor against the highly-acclaimed Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and the Bentley Continental GT. BMW also returns to the luxury coupe segment before Audi will bring the A9 into dealerships.

Previewed by a concept car unveiled in 2017, the new BMW 8 Series is more than just a two-door version of the 7 Series. On top of having a unique design, it also debuts new technologies for the brand and adds a bit of sportiness to an otherwise sober segment. But, how does it compare to the popular Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe? Let’s find out in the comparison below.

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Video of the Day: What's Inside a Mercedes S-Class Seat

Video of the Day: What’s Inside a Mercedes S-Class Seat

The Mercedes S-Class is regarded by some as the Pinnacle of all luxury Saloons. It’s got the style, luxury, technology (and the price tag) to find itself in the hands of those who refuse to settle for anything but the absolute best. Technology is a big part of this, and the S-Class has plenty of it, making even something as simple as a seat complex and beyond functional. With the most recent facelift of the S-Class, Mercedes took technology to a whole new level, and the seats got their own dose of upgraded technological goodness, leaving some to wonder just what the hell is beneath the skin.

After all, the seats of the S-Class perform quite a duty. They have heating and ventilation, adjustable back and lumbar support, and there’s even some active and passive safety features all encased under all of that plush leather. That’s cool and all, but have you ever wondered what’s really under there? To perform all of these various functions, there have to be fans, airbags, motors, and heating elements, right? Well, you could say there’s a lot, and since What’s Inside got their hands on an S-Class seat, you can see all of it for yourself without tearing into a seat that will probably cost you $10,000 to replace.

Check out the video below!

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Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the "Mercedes me Flexperience" Subscription Program

Mercedes to Join Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche in the Car Subscription Business with the "Mercedes me Flexperience" Subscription Program

You won’t have to buy a Mercedes at full price if you avail of this service

Mercedes-Benz is joining a host of other automakers in offering a new kind of ownership experience that will allow customers to drive the car of their dreams without actually owning them. Just like Volvo, Cadillac, and Porsche, the German automaker is in the final stages of developing a pilot program for a flat-rate vehicle subscription service, called “Mercedes me Flexperience.” The goal of this is service is to offer an alternative way to “owning” a Mercedes without actually having to buy it outright. The program is already available in a few countries, but it could also find its way into the U.S. as early as this year.

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2019 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman

2019 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman

Only the very best

If Maybach is the top of the luxury Mercedes pyramid, then the Pullman models are the cap stone. These things just ooze opulence from every pore, and now there’s a new one sporting a restyled front end, new interior color schemes, and the latest audio entertainment features, all packed into more 20 feet of baller automobile.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Mercedes-Maybach Pullman.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe And Cabriolet Exclusive Edition

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe And Cabriolet Exclusive Edition

Extra features inside and out

Unveiled in 2015, the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe market the return of the company’s flagship two-door model after quite a few decades. The coupe was joined by a convertible model too, which gave Merc a big advantage over automakers like BMW and Audi, which didn’t and still don’t have similar offerings. Three years later and both models have gone through a mid-cycle refresh. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, both cars received an Exclusive Edition package.

As with most limited edition packages usually shown at auto shows, the Exclusive Edition adds a number of extra standard features inside and out. Some exclusive equipment is also on the table, but nothing you can’t buy via Designo for other models. But the features that came with the facelift plus the extra from the Exclusive Edition package give a nice twist to the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet and make them a bit more appealing to customers who want more than a standard model. Let’s find out more below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet Exclusive Edition.

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Mercedes Takes Headlights a Little Too Far with the Maybach S-Class Digital Light

Mercedes Takes Headlights a Little Too Far with the Maybach S-Class Digital Light

We’ve come a long way since the days of using lanterns to light the roads in front of us. Halogens are still around but have generally been replaced by projectors, HID, LED, and laser systems. Now, Mercedes takes it a step further with the S-Class Digital Light, a model that features a new, high-definition headlight projection system that can display messages in real time on the road ahead. We’re talking about warnings about pedestrians, construction zones, distance to cars ahead of you, and even blind spot notification. It seems futuristic and even a little implausible, but Mercedes says there is a small production run that will be heading to selected fleet customers within the next few months.

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2019 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

2019 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

Gets new tech from the standard S-Class

The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the first Merc to sport the vintage "Maybach" badge since the brand was revived for the second time in 2015. But unlike it predecessor, offered between 1997 to 2013, the current Maybach isn’t positioned as a stand-alone name. But the principle is pretty much the same, as both vehicles are mildly revised versions of the familiar S-Class. After three years on the market, the Mercedes-Maybach was updated with the same modifications seen on the regular S-Class in 2017. The official debut will take place at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show in March.

The mid-cycle facelift includes only minor tweaks inside and out in terms of design and layout, but it’s more significant in the tech department. Just like the standard S-Class, the Maybach model now benefits from the features introduced with the smaller E-Class sedan. Highlights include semi-autonomous drive, big displays for the infotainment system and instrument cluster, and extra convenience features. The upgrade is supposed to keep the Mercedes-Maybach ahead of the competition, which is likely to happen with both the Rolls-Royce Ghost and the Bentley Flying Spur being significantly older.

But the big news is that the Mercedes-Maybach brand is working far better than the previous Maybach attempt. While the 57 and 62 models offered between 1997 and 2013 were built in only 3,000 units, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class model already sold more than 25,000 units since its introduction in 2015.

Keep reading to learn more about the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

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Video: Mercedes S-Class With “Digital Light” Headlights Caught Testing In The Wild

Video: Mercedes S-Class With “Digital Light” Headlights Caught Testing In The Wild

Extra high-tech illumination for Merc’s full-size luxury machine

Mercedes’ up-and-coming four-door limo is hitting the streets early, this time to test out the German brand’s latest headlight technology. The large-and-in-charge luxury sedan was recently caught prowling the public streets emblazoned with a set of side graphics proudly declaring “Digital Light,” so it’s not exactly a secret Merc is pushing to get this tech into the hands of customers as soon as possible.

The “Digital Light” system first broke cover early last month, with Mercedes proclaiming a litany of benefits to safety. For example, the headlights can project road signs directly onto the road, like a stop sign at an intersection, providing an extra reminder to the driver and others. The headlights also provide the usual adaptive features, identifying other cars on the road and changing the beam pattern to refrain from dazzling oncoming motorists. The system will even modify the beam to keep it out of the eyes of pedestrians.

To accomplish this, each headlight in the S-Class will use more than a million “micro mirrors,” each of which helps to refine the headlight beam as needed, while a system of outboard cameras and radar systems scan the road for traffic signs, cars, and pedestrians. In addition to the updates to the new HD headlights, the S-Class will also get a pair of new taillights, although they won’t be nearly as tech-heavy as the lights up front.

Unfortunately, it’s uncertain whether or not the Digital Light tech will make it stateside, as outdated legislation could prevent it from being sold here, much like old adaptive headlight technology. Either way, look for it to hit dealers in Europe as soon as 2020.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Picks For Long Holiday Travel

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Picks For Long Holiday Travel

A few rides to help you get to Grandma’s house trouble-free

Welp, it’s that time of year again. Late December triggers the mass migration season for the majority of humans residing in North America, and that means the roadways will be clogged in every direction with stressed families clinging to the final shreds of their holiday cheer. But fret not, because it doesn’t have to be that way. Indeed, this travel season could actually be quite enjoyable, if you’ve got the right ride to ferry you to and fro, that is. As such, we’ve put together the following list of vehicles we think are perfectly suited to tackle the long holiday travel.

To make the most of it, we threw in a variety of picks for whatever your preferences might be. Granted, most of these are a bit on the pricey side, but hey, if you want the best, you’re gonna have to pay for it. Of course, the bank account can take a beating this time of year, so if you’re a bit strapped for cash, then no worries – we’re kicking it off with something relatively accessible.

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Emirates Airlines Gets A Helping Hand From A Luxury Automaker On Designing Its First-Class Suites

Emirates Airlines Gets A Helping Hand From A Luxury Automaker On Designing Its First-Class Suites

It even got a recognizable endorser to promote it

Mercedes-Benz is no stranger to partnering with some of the most well-known companies in the world. Now, the German automaker is taking to the skies with Emirates Airlines in one of the most significant collaborations between the two companies since agreeing to join forces back in 2014. It’s hardly a surprise that the scope of the partnership revolves around Mercedes’ involvement in designing Emirates’ new first-class cabin using no less than the new S-Class for inspiration.

Apparently, the results of this partnership bore fruit three years after Mercedes and Emirates designers first met to hash out the details on the scope of their work. It’s a slow play, sure, but the results did end up drawing heavily from the interior of the S-Class, including the materials that were chosen, the controls that were used, and the all-around workmanship that was done to turn these enclosed suites into the closest thing to five-star hotel rooms in the sky. Mercedes’ work certainly caught the attention of Emirates, including president Sir Tim Clark, who described the suites as offering “unprecedented levels of privacy, comfort, and luxury.” And to cap it all off, Emirates even enlisted the services of Jeremy Clarkson, a man who himself is no stranger to hyperbole, to promote the new suites. It seems like the airline made a right call on that one too because Clarkson was his usual Clarkson self in the ad, promoting just about everything he could think of, including the pajamas.

So, in the event that you do end up flying first class on Emirates Airlines, remember that those suites that you’ll likely end up enjoying are the work of Mercedes-Benz.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Already a big hit, Mercedes’ flagship received a makeover

Launched in 2013, the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class has brought many innovations to the market. It also arrived in dealerships as a sportier, yet more comfortable proposition to the previous-gen S-Class, being praised for its fantastic ride, effortless acceleration, and the enormous amount of luxury and tech. In 2013, it had no rival, but BMW launched a new 7 Series in 2016, while Cadillac joined the full-size segment with the CT6. As a result, Mercedes-Benz updated the S-Class for the 2018 model year.

Although it’s safe to say that the outgoing S-Class was still competitive against its newer rivals, an update was necessary, especially in the tech department. That’s not to say that the S-Class was outdated, it’s just that Merc launched a range of new features with the latest E-Class, including semi-autonomous driving, that had to be offered in the top-of-the-line sedan too. Alongside the new tech, Mercedes also introduced a couple of new engines for the U.S. market and a new diesel for Europe. The facelift is rounded off by mild design upgrades and a revised model lineup.

Updated 10/06/2017: Mercedes announced prices for the new, 2018 S-Class. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S 560 e Plug-in Hybrid

2018 Mercedes-Benz S 560 e Plug-in Hybrid

Adding some eco spark to the large and luxurious S Class

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

Brabus Once Again Proves It’s The King Of Mercedes-AMG Tuning

Three programs for three Mercedes-AMG models showed up at the Frankfurt Motor Show

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

The Mercedes S-Class Family Grows with the Addition of the S 560 e Plug-in Hybrid

More range, more horsepower, ultimate luxury - what isn’t to love about the S 560 e?

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.

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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Do you know how fast it can go meow?

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

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63-S65

New powertrain, tweaked styling, same top-shelf ambiance

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

2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet

New engine and tech for the company’s flagship drop-top

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

2017 Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet Brabus Rocket 900

German tuner brings the pain with its latest Rocket tuning program

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

Watch the Dash-Cam Footage of Tiger Woods DUI Arrest

The champion golfer admitted to taking prescription drugs that had a greater impact than expected

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?

How Does the BMW 8 Series Concept Stack Up Against the Mercedes S-Class Coupe?

The long-awaited showdown between the two German titans is finally close to happening

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

Don’t Get Blinded By Fostla’s Orange Chrome Wrap On The Mercedes-AMG S 63

Don’t even try to look at this car when it’s under the sun

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

2018 Mercedes-AMG S 65

Sailing the blacktop seas never felt so right

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

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63

Sportier front end, permanent AWD, and a new V-8 engine

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-

autonomous

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

AMG

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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