Coming into the 2013 model year, the S550 is a carryover from the 2012 model year. Within the single trim level, however, there are five package groups to choose from. The Rear Seat Entertainment Package offers up a pair of 7-inch monitors on the backside of the front headrests with seperate DVD players and remotes. The Rear Seat Package is another option and it adds in eight-way power outer seats in the rear, five-passenger seating, quad-zone auto climate control, and heated and ventilated rear seats.
Next up is the Driver Assistance Package, which tosses in DISTRONIC PLUS with PRE-SAFE braking, blind-spot assistance and lane-keeping assistance. The next option group is the Sport Package and it features 19-inch AMG five-spoke wheels with all-season tires, and a sport body kit that includes new front and rear bumpers, and side skirts. The final package is the Sport Package Plus 1, which includes 10-inch AMG five-spoke wheels with performance rubber and a sport body kit that includes the front and rear bumpers, and side skirts.
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The luxury sedan market has limited competition, but what competition is there is rather fierce. First up is the 2013 BMW 750i, which carries an $86,300 base price tag, a 445-horsepower, 4.4-liter V-8 engine and a slew of standard features to go along with its 4.7-second sprint to 60 mph. Next up is the 2013 Audi S8 and its $110,000 base MSRP, 4.0-liter V-8 engine with 530 horsepower, ultra-luxurious interior, and 3.9-second sprint to 60 mph. An unexpected addition to the mix is the $66,250 Hyundai Equus Ultimate, which features a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with 429 horsepower, tons of luxury features that put the Mercedes to shame and an acceptable 5.7-second run to 60 mph.
As you can see, the competition ranges across a wide spectrum of prices and features, but the S550 has a reputation to uphold and Mercedes needs to break out everything it has to fends off the competition.