The current Mercedes-Benz S-Class enters its second season as the brand's flagship sedan. Along with a turbocharged V8 and abundant luxury, S550 offers a level of sheer prestige that few other cars can challenge.
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2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 Overview
What's New for 2015
A coupe version of the sedan joins the lineup, and the cockpit gets some updated electronics.
Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz S550
As the "entry level" S-Class, the S550 is powered by a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 with 449 horsepower (other models carry a larger V8 or a V12). A seven-speed automatic transmission does the shifting. All-wheel drive comes standard on the coupe and is a popular option for the sedan. The standard adjustable air suspension assures a luxurious ride. For even greater comfort, you can add Magic Body Control, which uses a front-mounted camera to evaluate upcoming road surfaces and adjust the suspension accordingly.
The S550 comes standard with indulgences like 12-way power front seats with heat and memory, a cabin fragrance system, heated wiper blades and automatic soft-close doors. All models get a panoramic sunroof, and the coupe's features automatic tinting known as Magic Sky Control. The 13-speaker Burmester surround-sound system comes with 10GB of audio storage and Internet radio. As usual for the S-Class, there's a vast array of leathers, woods and color schemes to choose from.
The coupe carries additional standard features such as rear parking sensors, an automated parallel parking system and keyless ignition. These upgrades are available on the sedan as part of the Premium Package, which also includes power rear window shades, hands-free trunk opening, and multicontour front seats with ventilation and massage. The coupe can get a Premium Package of its own with the multicontour seats, a head-up display and a surround-view camera system.
The Driver Assistance Package adds a suite of active safety technology, including adaptive cruise control with automatic braking and accelerating. There's also a Warmth and Comfort Package, which gets you a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats on the coupe, and all that plus power rear seats and heated armrests on the sedan.
Additional rear-seat amenities are available on the sedan, including seatbelt airbags, extra seat adjustments, a refrigerated compartment, and a center console with foldout tables and heated and cooled cupholders.
Although it might sound gimmicky, the Magic Body Control suspension does a superb job of isolating passenger from even the slightest road imperfections. It's a marvel you must experience for yourself to appreciate.