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    Import/Export Ready 2018 Mercedes Benz S450

    Vehicle Summary

    The S-Class is the automaker’s flagship lineup and consists of the largest and most expensive models produced by Mercedes-Benz. Positioned above the E-Class and CLS-Class four-door models, the lineup consists of the traditional S-Class models, the high-performance AMG models, and the long-wheelbase, uber luxurious Mercedes-Maybach models.


    The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class lineup currently comes with a choice of four engine options paired to seven- or nine-speed automatic transmissions; rear- and all-wheel-drive (4Matic) is available. Currently, the only available body style is the sedan, but expect coupe and cabriolet models to return to the lineup.

    Model: S450 and S450 4Matic 
    Engine and Transmission: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 – nine-speed automatic
    Power: 362 hp/369 lb-ft of torque

    Model: S560 and Mercedes-Maybach S560 4Matic
    Engine and Transmission: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 – nine-speed automatic
    Power: 463 hp/516 lb-ft of torque

    Model: AMG S63 (4Matic)
    Engine and Transmission: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 – nine-speed automatic
    Power: 603 hp/664 lb-ft of torque

    Model: AMG S65 (rear-wheel drive)
    Engine and Transmission: 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 – seven-speed automatic
    Power: 621 hp/738 lb-ft of torque

    The new optional Energizing Comfort feature links the climate control system, fragrance system, heater, ventilation, and massage seat functions, console heating, ambient lighting, and music to create six different comfort programs. Each program runs for 10 minutes and displays visuals on the headunit with colorful graphics, backed by suitable music.

    Another newly available comfort feature is the Curve function, which allows the car’s body to lean toward the inside of the turn by up to 2.65 degrees, reducing centrifugal forces felt by passengers. Standard for the S-Class are the two impressive-looking high-resolution display screens that each measure 12.3 inches diagonally and share a single glass cover. Available options include interior ambient lighting with 64 colors, Qi wireless smartphone charging, a Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound 1520-watt audio system, and mbrace Concierge service that can make restaurant reservations and gather information for sporting events. The AMG models can be optioned with high-performance features like the powerful AMG Ceramic Composite Braking system and the AMG Track Pace App that records vehicle data and lap times when on a race track and displays the information on the COMAND display and the dual cockpit displays.


    Mercedes-Benz loaded the 2018 S-Class with the latest in active safety and driver assistance technology. Available features include adaptive cruise control, Active Steering Assist, Active Emergency Stop Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Speed Limit Assist, and a Route-based Speed Adaptation system that can reduce speed based on map data (if a curve is coming up). Additional features include Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic function, Evasive Steering Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Car-to-X communication and Pre-Safe Plus. The new Pre-Safe Impulse Side inflates the seat bolster when an impact is detected to move the passenger up to 2.75 inches away from the crash zone and Pre-Safe Sound will omit an interference signal in an effort to prevent hearing loss.


    Smooth, solid six. The new biturbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine is down by 101 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque compared to the V8 in the S560 – so what? This is still an engine that pulls supply and easily from low speeds, doling out its ample 362 hp and 369 lb-ft with a deliberate manner perfectly suited to the luxury sedan’s mission. Yes, that’s plenty of power for S-Class motivation; the engine’s “hot-V” design and low-inertia turbos permit peak torque from a low, low 1,600 rpm. Simply put, this is a superb engine that will ably sate your need for speed.

    Are we even in a car? Downtown Manhattan is not a quiet place on a Wednesday morning. But when I slam the doors shut, the inside of the S-Class is almost as quiet as a library. The journey out of the city traverses rough and rutted roads, but few unsettled feelings make their way from roadway to my butt. The refreshed S-Class, just like last year’s car, provides an incredible amount of isolation from the outside world. If you want to put wind noise and potholes on mute, this is the car to have.

    Simplified interior controls. The steering wheel has redesigned controls that are much simpler to use by feel. Notably, the cruise-control stalk has been eliminated and its controls integrated into the left-side switches. Mercedes says U.S. customers in particular found the old cruise stalk – located right by the driver’s left knee – confusing, prompting the revision. Touchpads on the steering wheel also allow for full control over both the 12.3-inch instrument cluster and infotainment display. As a result, you could never remove your hands from the wheel and still operate all the car’s technologies.

    Even more driver-assist technologies. For starters, the adaptive cruise control will now automatically slow you down if you drive into a lower speed limit zone. It’s certainly handy to have the car automatically slow from 70 mph to 55 when entering an urban area, but you might find that feature frustrating if you like to cruise above the posted limit. The more interesting cruise-control update is called route-based speed adaptation. Similar to Porsche’s InnoDrive, it will automatically brake the car ahead of curves or roundabouts. And if you have a route programmed into the navigation, the system will even brake and slow before turns or off-ramps. It’s easy to get used to the feature, which makes driving just a little more relaxing. “It sounds quite simple, but it’s a very important step on the path to autonomous driving,” says Jochen Haab, head of research and development for Mercedes driver-assistance technology.

    2018 Mercedes-Benz S450: Review
  • All Wheel Drive
  • amg line exterior
  • black poplar wood
  • Comfort Box
  • dual moonroof
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Rear Spoiler

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