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2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Posted: 03/18/2008 - 5:28 PM ET

The 2008 Mercedes Benz S-Class is one of the finest luxury sedans available today. With the performance and handling of a smaller sports car, all wheel drive availability, the mouth watering acceleration of the AMG model and its extremely visually appealing design, the flagship S-Class is definitely worthy of consideration by those in the market for a luxury sedan. The only new feature for the 2008 model year is the addition of satellite radio.

With 5 trims available, there is an S-Class to suit just about every discriminating driver. The base model S550 comes standard with 18 inch wheels, an air spring suspension system, bi-xenon headlights, adjustable front seats, delicately integrated leather and wood interior trim and the Mercedes COMAND all in one interface with includes a navigation system and a Harman Kardon audio system with 6 CD changer. The S550 4 Matic has identical standard equipment with the exception of the chassis modification required for its all wheel drive system. The S63 AMG features a larger, V8 engine as well as 20 inch AMG specific wheels, an adaptive suspension, larger brakes and appealing eye candy that includes AMG exterior styling cues and an interior featuring sport bolstered seats and aluminum interior trim.

Consider adding air circulating front seats with accupressure, a keyless entry and start system, and heads up night vision display. An AMG wheel and body kit can be added to the S550, in addition to temperature-controlled power adjustable seats and 4X climate control.

The rear wheel drive S550 is equipped with a 5.5-liter V8 mated to a 7 speed automatic transmission that produces 382 horsepower that easily goes from 0-60 in just over 6 seconds. The S550 4Matic has the same engine but routes power to all 4 wheels in order to make this luxury sedan capable of handling most inclement road conditions. The S63 AMG comes with a 518 horsepower, 6.2 liter V8 engine that is also paired with a 7 speed automatic transmission - but this one is recalibrated for firmer and faster shifting capability. The souped up S600 features a twin turbo 5.5 liter V12 engine which delivers an amazing 510 horsepower, while the S65 AMG is equipped with an even more potent 6.0 liter V12 that delivers an astonishing 604 horsepower that completes the 0-60 test in just over 4 seconds. Both of these high powered engines come standard with a 5 speed automatic that is more than capable of handling its V12 torque.

The 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is uber-techno, with precision engineering, pioneering technologies and an interior that is exceptionally accommodating and plush. If you are in the market for a luxury sedan that has and does just about everything, the S-Class will deliver.

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