The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: Latest & Greatest

The S-Class is what you'd call the top dog of the Mercedes lineup. It's the brand's biggest, most luxurious car in which many of the company's latest features are displayed. It's a car that doesn't need much introduction, as it isn't just Merc's flagship: it's the poster car for the whole segment. When the Porsche Panamera and Tesla Model S came out, they weren't hailed as Audi A8 or BMW 7-Series rivals. They were S-Class rivals. The S-Class has been thoroughly revised for 2018, and it seems poised to stay at the top of the luxury segment.

The rest of the world will enjoy a few diesel options, but in the U.S., the top-seller will undoubtedly be the S560. Replacing the S500, this model is powered by a 4-liter, twin-turbo V8 producing 463 horsepower and 516 lb ft of torque. This is more than enough power for most people, but power lovers like myself will be happy to hear about the new AMG S63. The AMG variant is also powered by a 4-liter, twin-turbo engine, but is capable of a grin-inducing 604 horsepower and 664 lb ft. For a bit of perspective, both of those numbers top the Lamborghini Huracan. That means this huge, heavy barge will hit 0-60 in 3.5 seconds on the way to a limited top speed of 155 mph. A new S65 will be revealed in due course, powered by the latest version of Merc's beloved V12.

The AMG-tuned S63

The AMG-tuned S63

The S-Class is not about raw performance, though. It's got the power when you need it, but it possesses a much more restrained demeanor. It never compromises its comfort in pursuit of speed, a key factor for a car like this. A comfortable ride, an interior full of fine leather, and a head-spinning array of technology are staples of the S-Class brand, and this new car makes no exception. The technology in particular is especially impressive. A range of autonomous driving features allows the car to essentially drive and park itself. Meanwhile, the driver can adjust the mood lighting and enjoy the seat's massage functionality. If the last two sentences don't make you want an S-Class, I'm not really sure what will.

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The new S-Class will hit the streets this fall, with more variants likely to follow in the near future. The range-topping Benz always sells well, and I have no doubt Mercedes has another winner on their hands. Prices will start at a small step above their current level. For more on Mercedes, as well as the rest of the luxury sedan segment, make sure to stay tuned to Oh So Lofty.