Watching the 2021 Mercedes S-Class reach terminal velocity is very therapeutic
Does anything else reach high speeds with less drama?
When it comes to the most luxurious, opulent cruisers in the world, Mercedes have consistently led the way for many, many years now. First introduced in 1954, the S-Class continues to set the benchmark for what a grandiose automobile should be, and their latest iteration stays true to the lineage, whilst stressing an obvious importance on speed.
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There have been competitors over the years, no doubt: Rolls Royce, Maybach, Range Rover, even Bentley, to name a few. Yet, the Silver Arrow unanimously shines brighter than the rest, and when Maybach and Rolls Royce are considered, it does so at half the price. It's not all that difficult to turn a car's interior into a glorified shisha lounge, if we're being honest. What's difficult is doing that whilst maintaining competitive performance - a hallmark of the S-Class, and certainly what makes it one if, if not the best all-round car in the world.
To see if the latest sibling really does stay true to its heritage, AutoTopNL, a well-known YouTuber who puts new cars through their paces along the German Autobahn, did just that. He recently reached 180mph on the famous highway with the gorgeous Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, and then went and topped 200mph in the new Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet .. with the ''cabriolet'' part of the name being utilized. Crazy bugger. Here's how the new S500 fared:
Quite frankly, a game of golf is more dramatic than that. The way in which the car gathers momentum with minimal shakes and sounds really is incredible. A big reason for this lack of pantomime, apart from the fact that it is a serious German saloon, which does absolutely nothing with a smiley face on, is its game changing noise cancellation system. The instant the driver closer the door, ready to embark, the technology springs into life, substantially limiting the number of decibels allowed in from the outside world.
As seen, the driver waits for a clearing in the road, and with absolutely no caution needed, pins his foot down hard on the accelerator. The car will, of course, refuse to break north of 155mph, but you get the sense that if it hadn't been electronically limited, it would have absolutely no qualms in hurtling close to the 200mph mark. It really is amazing how gently the S500 gathers speed, it turns terminal velocity into therapy, as opposed to skid marks in your trousers: is there another car out there that you'd trust as much as this at 155mph? I very much doubt it.
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The car in the video is the S500 4MATIC, and it has a 3.0-litre turbocharged incline-six engine, which produces 429bhp and 384 lb-ft of torque. It starts at around $110,000, with the slightly meatier S580 4MATIC coming in at $117,000, pre-options. We're still awaiting the official announcement of the top of the range AMG S63e, which is rumoured to pack more than 800bhp with its most aggressive settings activated. And rest assured, if the S63e is anything like its less powerful counterparts, there will be no question about what the world's best car of 2021 will be.