Mercedes-Benz S-Class Understated, but Never Conservative

There’s luxury, ultra luxury and when one is talking about the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, uber-luxury. The special class has long been synonymous with technical brilliance and luxury and with the 2014 model making it international debut, finance ministers the world over are shaking in their boots. Of all the German luxury sedans, none says “I have arrived” with quite the gravitas of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

One can choose between the flagship S600 or the big daddy S65 AMG.

But for the dramatic effect, we’re going to be focusing on the S65 Amg. Touted as Germany’s only high-performance V12 luxury sedan, it has a 5980cc, quad-cam lump with dual turbos that’s rated for 463kW from 4800 to 5400ropm and 1000Nm from 2300 to 4300rpm – which is the secret behind its impressive 4.3-second 0-100kmh time.

The top speed is electronically limited to 250kmh and the average fuel consumption is quoted at 11.9 litres per 100kmh – 2.4 litres per 100 less than the previous model. That car’s five-speed auto transmission gives way to a seven-speed AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-tronic with a wide spread of rations to keep engine revs down and reduce fuel consumption, with three driving programmes selectable at the press of a button in the centre console: Controlled Efficiency (C), Sport (S) and Manual (M).

In modes S and M the emphasis is on sportiness, defined by the brief, precise cutback of ignition and injection during upshifts under full load. The Idle stop function is always activated in transmission mode C.

Velvet Ride

According to the manufacturer, the new S-Class is the first car able to recognise road-bumps in aance, using a stereo camera, and adjust the suspension to suit the situation, whether in ‘Comfort’ or ‘Sport’ mode.

Also standard are dynamic cornering assist, using targeted braking on the inside rear wheel to prevent understeer, and speed-sensitive sports steering with variable steering ratio – fingertip-light in ‘Comfort’ mode, meaty and precise in ‘Sport’ mode.

For the first time, the S65 AMG is available exclusively with AMG forged light-alloy rims to reduce unsprung weight standard issue is 20″ hoops, each with 16 twisted spokes to catch the light and wearing 25540 front and 28535 rear rubber.

First-Class Cabin

The defining trim features are the nappa leather upholstery in an exclusive diamond-pattern design, with no perforations wherever there is contrasting topstitching for extraordinarily neat seams, a nappa leather headliner, leather-lined dashboard, door centre panels in a diamond-pattern design, leather-clad roof grab handles, lots of wood trim elements and AMG stainless-steel door sill panels illuminated in white.

Special sports seats with electric adjustment, memory function, seat heating and climate control carry AMG badges on their backrests, and the two-spoke AMG sports steering is covered with nappa leather – perforated in the grip area.

A virtual instrument panel is displayed on a high-resolution TFT screen, with special AMG graphics and red and silver needles, and two more virtual gauges for engine and transmission oil temperatures.

Head-Up Display

Also new on the S65 are a head-up display, projecting important information such as speed, speed limits, navigation information, traffic signs and information from Diic Plus in a 210mm x 70mm colour display that seems on the bonnet about two metres from the driver, automatically adjusted to suit ambient light, and a 65mm x 45mm touchpad in the hand-rest of the central control unit for the radio, telephone and navigation systems.

Like a smartphone, it can recognise one and two-finger swipe and zoom gestures and read letters, number, and special characters using handwriting it can even tell whether the driver’s hand is simply resting on the hand-rest or whether the driver is actually making an input.

Source : The Namibian