NAIAS 2014: Mercedes-Benz S600 Is What You're Expecting

Jack Baruth
by Jack Baruth
naias 2014 mercedes benz s600 is what you re expecting

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
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  • Slow kills Slow kills on Jan 13, 2014

    "ventricle-bursting depreciation" Excellent fake-out. I was lulled into buff book hyperbole and slammed with brutal reality. The used market tells the truth about this marque.

  • VenomV12 VenomV12 on Jan 13, 2014

    Actually quite a large number of S600s are bought by pro-athletes. If you are talking about S Classes in general, I would argue that most are actually bought by physicians. Panning back to the S600, you will almost never see one at a dealership in the Midwest for sale, if ever. They are almost always special order. In fact my NBA neighbor got his S600 when the W221 style first came out before the dealerships even saw it. When I took my car in for service they did not believe me it was out, so we brought it in for them to see. V12s are rare and hard to sell, even my local Audi dealership won't order one even though one of my neighbors has one.

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    • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jan 14, 2014

      @ellomdian 300C? Isn't that the size of BTSR and he fits in one! But really if you're that large, it's truck time.

  • Jeff S If AM went away I would listen to FM but since it is insignificant in the cost to the car and in an emergency broadcast it is good to have. I agree with some of the others its another way to collect money with a subscription. AM is most likely to go away in the future but I will use AM as long as its around.
  • BEPLA I think it's cool the way it is.If I had the money, time and space - I'd buy it, clean it up, and just do enough to get it running properly.Then take it to Cars and Coffee and park it next to all the newer Mustangs.
  • Dave M. I suppose Jethro’s farm report comes via AM, but there’s a ton of alternative ways to get that info. Move forward people. Progress is never easy.
  • BEPLA For anything but the base model, I'd rather have a pre-owned Polestar 2.
  • BEPLA "Quality is Job........well, it's someone's job, but it's not our job.Neither is building vehicles that people actually want or need.We only build what's most profitable. If only someone would buy our 97 day supply of SuperDutys."