No other car on the planet combines technological supremacy and ventricle-bursting depreciation like a modern V-12-powered Mercedes-Benz. For the newest take on the formula, the automaker’s turned all the knobs to 11.
First bit of good news: for the first time in longer than anyone would care to admit, that “600″ decklid badge reflects reality. The six-liter V-12 turns out 523 horsepower and 612 lb-ft of torque thanks to a pair of turbochargers. It can make autonomous braking decisions at up to 124mph and execute a wide variety of other “pre-safe” behaviors. There’s a new heads-up display and a gesture-recognition system said to be able to accept “common smartphone gestures”.
Look for the S600 to appear at, in rough temporal order:
- Hollywood premieres
- international financial leadership conferences
- Rap videos
- major executive parking lots
- The Real Housewives Of Atlanta
- Mercedes-Benz service centers
- Detroit nightclubs
- Episodes of COPS
- the 24 Hours of LeMons
- Midwestern dealerships