Mercedes-Benz S 500
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Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: S 500
Mercedes-Benz S 500

In the United States, buyers will be seeing S Class choices that include the S 450, the S 550 and the S 600. The S 450 and the S 500 offer newly redesigned V-8s. For example, the S 450 will have a 4.6-liter V-8, putting out 335 hp and 339 lb-ft of torque, while the S 550 will contain a 5.5-liter V-8 that is good for 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. Both are equipped with a new seven-speed automatic transmission. The S 600 still remains the most exclusive and powerful S-Class model available in the line-up. It has a 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-12 under the hood, which now makes 510 hp and 612 lb-ft. There's certainly no scarcity of high-end sedans available today. For example, Maserati and even Volkswagen are now offering high-end ultra-luxury sedans. Further, a fresh new line of models are available from makers like Bentley, Rolls, and DaimlerChrysler's, who puts out their own Maybach in the upper, most exclusive range. But for years now, the S-Class has been the line to beat. It is a symbol that you've arrived, and to add to the fire, it is also a very safe, secure, and comfortable large sedan. Then, when one factors in the pop-culture-icon success of high-luxury SUVs like the Cadillac Escalade, it becomes apparent that in the U.S. market, the high-end luxury segment is here to stay. All three of the United States bound S Class models have performance that honestly rivals most other performance cars. The big new S 600 is capable of reaching 60 mph in a very short 4.5 seconds and the S 550 can do the same run to 60 in less than 5.5 seconds. The S 450 comes in at about 6.0 seconds. Still, not bad at all. It will be interesting to take a look at the fuel economy of these puppies.

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