Mercedes-Benz S 450

All three U.S. bound S Class models have performance that without a doubt rivals most all other performance cars. The big new S 600 is capable of accelerating to 60 mph in a mere 4.5 seconds which would have placed it in the realm of supercar a few years ago. Further, the S 550 can make the run to 60 in less than 5.5 seconds and the S 450 does it in about 6.0 seconds. At this time there is not the fuel economy ratings, although it is speculated that the fuel economy levels will be comparable to the outgoing S Class. Granted though, these buyers are not looking for budget. The S-Class models coming to the United States will be limited to the S 450, the S 550 and the S 600. The S 450 and the S 500 offer newly redone V-8s; the S 450 will have a 4.6-liter V-8, producing 335 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, while the S 550 will have a 5.5-liter V-8 producing 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. Both are complemented with a new seven-speed automatic transmission. The S 600 takes the cake as the most exclusive and powerful S-Class model, with a 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-12 now producing 510 hp and 612 lb-ft. The S 450 is in a very competitive segment. It is joined Maserati and even Volkswagen. Not to mention the standards like Bentley, Rolls, and DaimlerChrysler's own Maybach. All of these makers are offering cars in the upper, most exclusive range. However, for several decades now, the S-Class has been the car to reach for. It is a symbol of class, grace, prestige, power, and performance. Not to mention it is also a very safe, secure, and comfortable big sedan. Factor in the pop-culture-icon success of high-luxury SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, and class is here to stay.