...For the S65 AMG, a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V12 develops a positively ludicrous 604 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. Anything more would have to be fueled by nuclear fission. Mercedes says the S65 AMG can hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. On the V12s, Mercedes sticks with a five-speed automatic since the seven-speed unit isn't capable of handling the V12's torque output. The S65 has a sport-tuned version of this automatic that provides quicker shifts. Fuel economy is predictably mediocre for a heavy sedan with this much power. The S550 is rated at 14 mpg city/22 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined. The S550...
...Those days are gone. Nowadays, the easiest way to get a pricey traffic ticket in Germany is to ignore speed limits near urban areas. Lawbreakers will be photographed, found and fined. Now, there are tough environmental laws reflected in levies on automobiles whose tailpipes emit more carbon dioxide and other smog-causing pollutants than the law allows. In the United States, a car such as the S63 AMG is freighted with a $3,000 federal gas-guzzler tax at new-car purchase. Also, there is a potential social cost, such as the reactive opprobrium served up by the economically frugal, the unemployed...
...Given their sky-high pricetags, S-Class sedans appeal to knowledgeable,
...They also include a massage mode and can inflate the side bolsters when cornering to help keep you in place. Some of the settings can be adjusted using the Comand system, but the more traditional controls, like cushion position, are in easy reach on the door panel. Fancy adjustments wouldn't mean much if the seats weren't comfortable, but they are, in a large, soft, leather easy-chair type of way. Maybe you're more interested in being driven than in driving. If that's the case, the S-Class has you covered with its massive backseat. It offers tons of legroom and a backrest that's angled...
...There's two cupholders and more storage in the rear armrest. There's even storage in the rear doors. Oddly, there are also several ashtrays, which I thought was a bit old-fashioned. Maybe it's just another German thing. The entertainment system is top-of-the-line and includes AM/FM radio, Sirius Satellite Radio, a six-CD changer, a memory card reader and an iPod interface. The 14 Harman Kardon speakers made everything sound concert-hall fabulous. What wasn't so fabulous was how hard it is to navigate the Comand system. There's a joystick-like knob to control everything, which is fine, but...
...My passengers -- my wife, Mary Anne and youngest daughter, Kafi -- equated it to a ride aboard a luxury yacht or train. "This is the meaning of luxury," said Kafi, settling back into one of the S550 4Matic's soft leather seats. "You should have seen what he was driving last week," said Mary Anne, referring to the base Nissan Versa subcompact reviewed a week past in this space. It was an economy car absent the most rudimentary niceties, including a radio. There ensued a conversation about values, too lengthy to recount here. But its substance was that no one, at least no one we know of among...
...control knob Optional massaging front seats Massive backseat Optional infrared night vision system that can project a black-and-white video image onto a display in the instrument cluster Under the Hood Available engines include two V-8s and two V-12s, all of which team with automatic transmissions. S550 features a 382-horsepower, 5.5-liter V-8 and drives a seven-speed automatic Rear-wheel drive is standard on S550, but 4Matic all-wheel drive is optional S600 powered by a 510-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-12 and features a five-speed automatic S63 AMG has a 6.3-liter V-8 that makes 518 hp and...
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