$64,900 – $169,000 MSRP
$60,357 – $157,170 Invoice
12 / 19 MPG City/Hwy
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For its farewell appearance, the current generation of the Mercedes S-Class gets a new S65 AMG model with more than 600 hp. Mercedes claims this is the fastest factory-built four-door sedan available. Other changes include an AMG sport package or all-wheel 4MATIC all-wheel drive as a no-cost option the S430 and S500, as well as standard Keyless Go, heated steering wheel, electronic trunk closer, and rear side blinds on the S600.
Mercedes launched the current generation of its flagship sedan fleet in 1999 as a 2000 model. The vehicle now bows out in favor of the all-new and next-generation 2007 S-Class. But the current S-Class goes out with a bang in the form of the S65 AMG, which Mercedes-Benz claims is the world's fastest four-door. The S65 AMG is powered by a hand-built, 6.0L V-12 engine that wears twin turbochargers to boost its output to 604 hp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque. You want a fast four-door Consider a 0-to-60 time of just 4.2 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour, which you can do on the German autobahn or a suitable racetrack.
The S-Class also is available in the S350, S430, S500, and S600 models. All are packed with typical Mercedes luxury and safety features, and for this generation's swan song, Mercedes 4MATIC all-wheel drive system is a no-cost option on the S430 and S500. Or, they can be equipped, again at no cost, with a sport suspension package developed by AMG.
The S350 is powered by a 241-hp, 3.8L V-6. The S430 gets a 4.3L V-8 that pumps out 275 hp. The 5.0L V-8 in the S500 generates 302 hp. The S600 draws its propulsion from Mercedes' 5.5L V-12, which pumps out 493 hp.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class competes in the Large Premium category, the prestigious class with top-of-the-line luxury cars, where elegant appointments, not-too-radical styling, and power and precision are crucial factors.
The Lincoln Town Car leads this segment, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM with 47,122 sales in calendar year 2005, nearly twice as many sales as its next closest competitor. Next was the Lexus LS Series (26,043), followed by the BMW 7 Series (18,165) and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (18,035). Others in the category include the Jaguar XJ, Audi A8, Infiniti Q45, and Volkswagen Phaeton. Joining this category for model year 2006 is the Cadillac DTS.