I had my 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 for a few months now and I’m still loving the car, especially in this Orange County weather. Mercedes recently previewed the all 2014 S-Class and I thought I would share it with you.
The S-Class is Mercedes’s most important car. It’s their top of the line vehicle and represents everything the company stands for. S-Class is an anglicisation of S-Klasse, a German abbreviation of “Sonderklasse,” which means special class or a class of its own. In addition to being a Sonderklasse, the S-Class is also the most high-tech vehicle in the world. Many technologies that you see common in cars today came from the S-Class. For example, the S-Class was the first car in the world to feature airbags and ABS (Anti-Lock Braks).
If you want to see what technologies cars will be running in ten years, all you have to do is look at the 2014 S-Class. The car is a technology tour de force. It has more tech toys than even James Bond can handle. Among its more crazy features is Magic Body Control. This employs the car’s stereoscopic cameras to “see” bumps in the road ahead, and then relaxes the suspension just in time to float the body over the obstacle. You’ll never again have to worry about spilling your coffee on the speed bump! Not only can the new S-Class track the cars around it, it also track pedestrians so you don’t hit them. If you’re looking to kill some people by hitting them with a car, don’t use the S-Class. It will come to a complete stop just as you’re about to run them over.
The 2014 S-class will be at your local Mercedes-Benz dealership this fall with a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 that produces 455 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. An all-wheel-drive version will follow a few months later, as will high-performance S63 AMG (the version I would get). Next year, two V-12–powered models will be added to the lineup: the S600 and the super-powerful S65 AMG. Price range from expensive to stupid expensive. Or you can do what I did and get one for free.