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Arguably one of the most prestigious sedans on the planet, the long-serving Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the German automaker's flagship four-door, promising unparalleled luxury and technology for those that can afford it.

What's New for 2017

The big news is for the volume model, the S550. Two new Maybach trims – the S550 Maybach Sedan and the S650 Maybach Cabriolet – join the family, while a new nine-speed automatic replaces the heavier seven-speed auto from last year. Another new feature comes from the SL-Class roadster – Magic Sky Control is a panoramic sunroof that can transition from transparent to opaque at the touch of button. The change happens almost instantly, giving drivers some more versatility than the typical retractable sun shade.

Mercedes-Benz Maybach S600

Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Do you want a twin-turbocharged V8? A plug-in hybrid? How about a V12 or a fire-breathing AMG model? Or, do you need the most luxurious Mercedes available? Owners are spoiled for choice with the S-Class, with seven distinct variants and three separate body styles – Sedan, Coupe, and Cabriolet – to choose from.

Combine that with a tremendous array of interior upholsteries, exterior colors, and virtually every piece of comfort, luxury, and safety technology on the market, and it's very, very easy to build your ideal S-Class. Simply put, if you want something, you can probably get it on the S-Class.

S550

The bread-and-butter of the S-Class line. Available in rear or all-wheel drive, the S550 uses a 4.7-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that produces 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Mated up with a new nine-speed automatic transmission, this big sedan can speed to 60 in just 4.8 seconds. Both the Coupe and the Cabriolet offer brisker performance, arriving at 60 in just 4.5 seconds.

At the same time, the twin-turbo V8 will return 18 miles per gallon in the city, 26 on the highway, and 21 combined. 4Matic all-wheel drive pushes those figures down to 16 city, 25 highway, and 20 combined. The all-wheel-drive-only Coupe and Cabriolet return 16 city, 24 highway, and 19 combined and 17 city, 25 highway, and 20 combined, respectively.

PPrices for the S550 start at $97,525 (including a $925 destination charge). 4Matic all-wheel-drive increases that figure by $3,000. The S550 Coupe starts at $123,675 while the Cabriolet demands $132,325.

S550e

The S550e is the only S-Class on the market without a V8 or V12, packing a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 with a hearty, 132-kilowatt electric motor. The result is 436 system hp and 479 lb-t of torque, and the ability to hit 60 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds.

With a full battery, the S550e can cover up to 12 miles. That's not a lot, but this is a very large, heavy sedan. That range helps contribute to 54 mpge in the city, 63 on the highway, and 58 combined. Left to run on gas alone, the S550e still returns an impressive 24 mpg city, 30 highway, and 26 combined, making it easily the most efficient S-Class on the market.

Prices for the S550e start at $97,525. You'll only find this fuel-sipping powertrain on the four-door body.

S600

Long the flagship of the S-Class range, that job now belongs the S600 Maybach. The S600, then, is merely the gateway to the S-Class' V12 lineup. And what a gateway it is – limited to the Sedan body, the S600 packs a 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 that can generate 523 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. It hits 60 miles per hour in just 4.6 seconds.

V12 engines aren't exactly thrifty, and the S600's is no different, delivering an EPA-estimated 13 mpg city, 22 mpg highway, and 16 mpg combined. Prices start at $171,675.

S63 AMG

Available in Sedan, Coupe, and Cabriolet bodies, the S63 packs a 5.5-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 good for 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. 60 mph arrives in a very sudden 3.9 seconds, while the top speed is limited to an autobahn-friendly 186 mph. The Coupe and Cabriolet drop the 60-mph time to just 3.8 seconds, although going with the droptop slashes the top speed to 155.

The S63 AMG Sedan returns 15 mpg city, 23 highway, and 18 combined. The Coupe ties those estimates, while the Cabriolet drops them to 14 city, 22 highway, and 17 combined.

Prices for the S63 AMG start at, um, a lot. Expect to pay $145,625 for the Sedan, $165,675 for the Coupe, and $177,325 for the Cabriolet.

S65 AMG

The performance pinnacle of the S-Class range, the S65 AMG improves on the S600 with a 621-hp, 738-lb-ft version of Mercedes' hand-built, 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V12. And yet, it's slower than the S63. 60 miles per hour arrives in 4.2 seconds in the Sedan and four seconds flat in the Coupe and Cabriolet, although the Sedan will hit 186 to the two-door models' 155-mph limit.

Fuel economy is not good. Look for 13 mpg in the city, 20 mpg on the highway, and 15 mpg combined. The Coupe boosts the highway figure to 21 mpg, while the Cabriolet scores 14 in the city and 21 on the highway.

Prices for the S65 are exorbitant – the Sedan starts at $227,825, the Coupe is $237,175, and the Cabriolet is $248,825.

Maybach S550

New for 2017, the S550 Maybach builds on the S600 Maybach's impressive luxury trimmings by offering a more efficient engine and a lower cost of entry. Limited to the four-door sedan body, the S550 is only available with 4Matic all-wheel drive and carries the same 4.7-liter V8 as the standard S550. But it's far heavier, at 5,017 pounds to the standard S550's 4,630 pounds.

That makes it slower to 60 mph – the Maybach does the deed in five seconds flat – and less efficient, at 16 mpg city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 19 combined.

The flip side of this heavier, slower, less efficient vehicle is that it's larger. Like the S600 Maybach, Mercedes stretched the S550's wheelbase by 8.2 inches, guaranteeing the most comfortable back seat.

You'll pay for that privilege, though. The S550 Maybach starts at $167,125.

Maybach S600

Larger, more spacious, and heavier than the standard S600, the S600 Maybach retains that model's 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged V12. That means 523 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. The curb weight increase isn't as dramatic as the S550, but the S600 Maybach adds 214 pounds to the standard S600's 5,082 lbs.

But despite the extra weight, the S600 Maybach is quicker, hitting 60 in 4.5 seconds to the standard model's 4.6 seconds. It is less efficient, though, losing one mpg on the highway – the result is 13 mpg city, 21 highway, and 16 combined.

Prices for the S600 Maybach start at $171,675.

Maybach S650

Limited to just 300 units, the S650 Maybach is Mercedes' ultimate expression of luxury in a convertible. Lavishly appointed and based on the S65 AMG Cabriolet, there's 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque here for a 0-60 time of four seconds. The top speed is a limited 155 mph.

Unveiled at November's Los Angeles International Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz hasn't announced pricing or fuel economy estimates for the S650 Maybach, although based on the S65 AMG Cabriolet, expect combined fuel economy in the high teens and a price tag approaching (or possibly surpassing, considering the limited nature) $300,000.

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