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JUL-AUG 2017

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52 Most notable among the innovations found in the mid-cycle update throughout the Mercedes-Benz S-Class range, which made its world premiere at the Shangai Auto Show this past April, is the extended suite of Intelligent Drive features that continue forward momentum on the march towards autonomous driving. Tweaks to the front fascia, rear bumper exhaust pipes and wheel designs, as well as an LED Intelligent Light System are a few of the segment-wide upgrades common among each rendition of the Mercedes-Benz flagship model, which was the top-selling luxury sedan in the world in 2016. New badges serve to indicate changes that have taken place under the hood. The S550 has been replaced by the S560, and is powered by a twin- turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 producing 463 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The base model S-Class comes equipped with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine. At the top of the range, the Maybach retains its V12, while the Mercedes-AMG S63 has a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 with an output of 603 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. e sprint from zero to 60 mph takes just 3.4 seconds, faster than any other performance luxury sedan, and the electronically-limited top speed is 186 mph. e 4Matic all-wheel-drive variant of the S63 AMG is paired with a new nine- speed automatic transmission for the first time, while the top-of-the-range rear-wheel drive S65 retains its proven twin-turbocharged V12 with 7G-Tronic transmission boasting 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. Four AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes¬–Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual– allow the driver to influence the characteristics of the AMG S63 and AMG S65 Sedans. Each driving mode modifies key parameters such as engine response, transmission, suspension, steering, the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), and all-wheel drive (in the AMG S63). e driver has the option of pressing the "M" button to switch directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. If required, the suspension settings can be specially selected as well. e 3-stage ESP and exhaust flap can also be operated with a special button. e AMG S65 features a CURVE function, which allows the body of the car to tilt to the inside of a turn by up to 2.65-degrees (similar to a motorcycle rider), thereby reducing centrifugal forces perceived by passengers and virtually eliminating body roll. SIBLING SIMPATICO Smarts and style define the Mercedes-Benz 2018 S-Class Sedan model range Written by Andre James

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