NEW YORK, New York—Sitting behind the wheel of a 2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Sedan could make you appear like a profitable Wall Road commuter.
Its Nappa leather-wrapped efficiency steering wheel feels good, the energetic multicontour seats are excellent, and the soft headrest appears like a gentle, heat pretzel in opposition to the again of your head.
Exterior on the sidewalk, a espresso cart employee from Queens is fortunately telling his prospects the value of over a dozen S-Class fashions which can be lined up on Barclay Road within the shadow of One World Commerce Heart.
My S65 tester is painted in an attractive shade of Emerald Inexperienced Metallic and has a base worth of $230,495.
I inform the espresso and donut slinger it’s geared up with an optionally available AMG carbon brake system and a heated windshield that pushes the value tag as much as $241,295—or in regards to the worth of a one-bedroom rental in Flushing Meadows.
He provides me a thumb up because the S65 rolls into bumper-to-bumper site visitors in direction of the West Facet Freeway.
Underneath the hood, the S65 packs a handcrafted AMG 6.Zero-liter twin turbo V-12 engine with 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automated transmission.
It may comfortably scoot from Zero-60 mph in Four.1 seconds. That’s greater than sufficient to tackle the quickest taxis this aspect of the Hudson River.
Later, I get the chance to drive a 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 4MATIC Sedan and a sportier 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 for comparable spins across the Tri-State space, which embody rides via Manhattan and the Bronx, Western Connecticut, the New Jersey Palisades, and the cobblestoned streets of Hoboken.
In response to Mercedes brass, 6,500 elements have been up to date for the brand new S-Class facelift and we’re reminded that the engine counts as just one half.
It’s rather a lot you may’t see however mainly for 2018, the AMGs get extra sinister-looking bumpers, the S63 has a twin mesh grille, the S65 sports activities a chrome one, Distronic capabilities are actually managed on the left aspect of the steering wheel, and there are 64 ambient lighting inside colour decisions to think about (similar to a Crayola Crayon field or an illuminated disco dance flooring).
Management and show screens are actually underneath a shared glass cowl that varieties a widescreen cockpit and all S-Class fashions are actually Android Auto and Apple Play pleasant.
There’s additionally a foolish sort of scratch and sniff aromatherapy tech occurring known as the “Air Steadiness Cabin Perfume System,” which is a part of the optionally available energizing consolation management that pipes in scents and ionizes the cockpit air as you cruise.
With out sufficient time to determine the best way to disable the fragrancing operate, which apparently you may, I drove with the home windows and epic panorama roof open—rating one for Mom Nature.
Having pushed all three of the S-Class variants again to again, if I had to decide on between the Mercedes-AMG S63/S65 and/or a Mercedes-Benz S560 4MATIC sedan, I’d actually should suggest the S560.
Not as a result of it’s almost half the value of a totally loaded S65 or S63, however as a result of it gives a extra satisfying motoring expertise for on a regular basis driving regardless of having fewer horses underneath the hood.
To be honest, Mercedes-Maybach S650 variations have been additionally accessible to drive, however we didn’t have time to pattern them on our transient East Coast tour and should get again to you with an replace for comparability.
In Sport Plus mode with the Eco begin/cease operate turned off, the S65 roars up the freeway in direction of the Henry Hudson and Cross County Parkways with ease.
Magic physique management suspension sorcery with curve tilting and street floor scanning helps detect potholes and easy out the street bumps alongside the way in which. And there are loads on these roads to be careful for. This method is an actual should for cultivated commuters across the metropolis.
Driving the lengthy sedan upstate, it feels massive, brawny, and sometimes brash on the curvy Connecticut roads. Its energetic security help know-how turns out to be useful as errant SUVs drift into the slim lanes of the Bronx River Parkway on the drive in direction of Greenwich.
After a fast cease at Espresso Cafe Roasters and a swap right into a Ruby Black Metallic painted 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 4MATIC Sedan, I can instantly really feel the distinction between the 2 autos.
They might look comparable on the skin and share the identical wheelbase of 124.6 inches, however the S560 is 24 kilos heavier than the S65 at Four,850. Surprisingly, the S560 feels extra agile, easy, and like every thing else one would anticipate from Mercedes-Benz in comparison with its AMG improve.
The S560 packs a Four.Zero-liter twin turbo V-Eight engine that provides 463 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The V-Eight is mated to an excellent easy 9-speed automated transmission with a 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
It has a base worth of $103,895 and has optionally available AMG line 20-inch wheels and different goodies that embody premium, heat and luxury, and driver help packages that assist carry the whole as much as $134,455.
I spent the following hour floating tranquilly up, down, and round Connecticut’s scenic again roads in one of many best touring vehicles at this worth level.
The Mercedes-Benz S560 is the sort of day by day driver you may reside with and it can probably take you wherever within the U.S. with loads of grace. It’s no surprise this flagship mannequin is a bestseller for Benz.
My transient experience from Greenwich to lunch at The Inn at Pound Ridge, New York took simply over an hour, however except for all of the leaf peeper surroundings, I used the therapeutic massage capabilities to work my means via the S560’s a number of therapeutic massage choices whereas driving. It was great and I want we had one in our workplace to combat over.
After a gentle food plan of soiled water canine and pizza slices in NYC, the shrimp salad on the Jean-Georges eatery was a lot wanted and extremely really useful. We chatted over lunch with Dieter Exler, Mercedes-Benz USA president and CEO.
“Buyer demand is big for the S-Class and we promote a ton of them in Manhattan,” Exler instructed us throughout an earlier press briefing. Over 300,000 have been offered up to now 4 years and 4 million have been offered since 1972.
After dessert, I’m tempted to hold on to the S560, however swap to a 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 for the final leg of our journey from New York State to Northern New Jersey.
Just lately, we had a sporty S63 in matte black paint across the workplace that was a blast to drive, although I heard just a few complaints about rear passenger area from buddies as I chauffeured them round Southern California.
The Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan examined right here packed a Four.Zero-liter engine with 603 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. It’s mated to a nine-speed automated transmission just like the 560S.
It’s a enjoyable experience that may scoot you from Zero-60 mph in three.Four seconds, nevertheless it looks as if overkill for such a giant lengthy, sedan of its measurement and sophistication.
The S63 has a base worth of $148,495, however our tester, which can also be in Emerald Inexperienced Metallic, had optionally available gear that brings it as much as $178,845. The Burmester 3D Encompass System alone provides a further $6,400, nevertheless it’s value it for sound followers.
Just like the S65, it additionally rolls on 20-inch wheels, which took us from Bear Mountain to the New York Thruway into the Palisades Interstate Parkway, and finally to our final pit cease in Hoboken.
Whereas the S63 is a enjoyable and quick four-door, it’s actually an aggressive experience that appears higher matched to a barely smaller coupe or E-Class mannequin.
Nonetheless, in comparison with the S560 it feels a bit overproduced and never as refined as its sibling. It’s a extra partaking drive than the S65, however in case you are searching for essentially the most refined S-Class, you can provide us the important thing fob for the S560 any day.
|2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 4MATIC Specs|
|PRICE||$103,895/$134,455 (base/as examined)|
|ENGINE||Four.0L twin-turbo SOHC 24-valve V-Eight/463 hp @ 5,250-5,500 rpm, 516 lb-ft @ 2,000-Four,000 rpm|
|LAYOUT||Four-door, Four-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan|
|EPA MILEAGE||17/27 mpg (metropolis/hwy)|
|L x W x H||206.9 x 74.Eight x 58.Eight in|
|Zero-60 MPH||Four.5 sec|
|TOP SPEED||130 mph|
|2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 and S65 Specs|
|PRICE||$148,495/$178,845 (S63); $230,495/$241,295 (S65) (base/as examined)|
|ENGINE||Four.0L twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-Eight/603 hp @ 5,500-6,000 rpm, 664 lb-ft @ 2,750-Four,500 rpm
6.0L twin-turbo SOHC 36-valve V-12/621 hp @ 5,500-6,000 rpm, 738 lb-ft @ 2,300-Four,300 rpm
|TRANSMISSION||9-speed automated; 7-speed automated|
|LAYOUT||Four-door, Four-passenger, front-engine, RWD sedan|
|EPA MILEAGE||17/26 mpg (metropolis/hwy); N/A|
|L x W x H||208.5 x 75.Zero x 59.Zero in|
|Zero-60 MPH||three.Four sec, Four.1 sec|
|TOP SPEED||186 mph|