The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been viewed as the world's most successful luxury car for decades. The tradition is sure to be upheld with the latest version, the 2014 Mercedes Benz S-Class, available in a number of configurations. At a recent preview, international automotive journalists were afforded the opportunity to put the Euro-Spec S-Class models through their paces in a variety of real-world driving scenarios, as well as in closed-course exercises which demonstrated the new car's state-of-the-art technologies.
The stable of S-Class vehicles for 2014 will consist of an S350 BlueTEC diesel V6, an S350 BlueTEC Hybrid, an S400 Hybrid and the S550. Models are configured in a regular and a long-wheelbase offering. A 4MATIC all-wheel drive version will appear later, along with a plug-in hybrid example. An AMG version will become available in the near future. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 will draw its motive force from a 4.6-liter, DOHC, 32-valve, twin-turbocharged, V8 engine with high-pressure fuel injection. The engine, which is mounted in front in a longitudinal orientation, delivers 455 hp at 5,250 rpm. It generates 258 lb ft of torque at 3,600 rpm. Driving energy is transferred to the rear wheels via a 7-G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class continues to display instant recognizability, but with considerably bolder design cues. The radiator grille is now larger, more upright and distinctly three-dimensional, with three pronounced air intakes. The grille flows into the new LED headlamps and is followed by a long hood with accented side creases and a flowing domed roof line The rear end slopes gently, showcasing classic saloon proportions, while projecting a coupe-like profile with blacked-out "B" pillars and athletically sweeping character lines.
The ultimate goal of Mercedes-Benz is to create the best luxury vehicle in the world and to achieve a truly accident-proof car. In that quest, the new S-Class features more than 20 active safety systems, some completely new and others vastly enhanced or improved. The systems are based partially on a networked sensor system. The S-Class is able to detect bumps in the road through Road Surface Scan. When combined with the optional Magic Body Control suspension system for eight-cylinder models, it instantaneously sets up the suspension to smooth out the ride. Standard for S-Class is the continuously operating Active Damping System Plus, as well as an enhanced version of the AIRMATIC full air suspension system.
2014 Mercedes-Benz Euro-spec S500 came in a LWB configuration, featuring Magic Body Control. Pricing for the model hasn't been officially announced, but it is purported to reflect a range in keeping with current S-Class models, while taking into consideration the added technological systems. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 may well be the most advanced luxury saloon model available today. It gets high marks in virtually every category including acceleration, handling characteristics, safety technology, ride comfort and styling.
Mercedes-Benz is well on its way to delivering a near-perfect luxury sedan, one that could be virtually accident free. The new S-Class is a true example of German engineering superiority which delights practically every sense. There's a model to satisfy nearly everyone's desires and requirements.
Base Price $92,900
Engine/Transmission 4.6-liter, DOHC, 32-valve, 455-hp, twin turbocharged V8 with high-pressure fuel injection/ 7-G-Tronic Plus automatic.
Wheelbase 124.6 inches
Length 206.5 inches
Width 74.7 inches
Height 58.7 inches
Curb Weight 4,244 pounds
Fuel Capacity 18.49 gallons with 2.1 reserve gallons