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Published on Apr 3, 2012
http://www.autobytel.com/mercedes-ben... Mercedes-Benz is known for luxury but make no mistake about it; the S550 is all about performance. The full sized luxury sedan car market has some really great cars including the Audi A8-L, the Lexus LS460-L, and the BMW 750iL. But the 2012 Mercedes S550 is at the top of the list. This vehicle combines a powerful yet fuel efficient power plant, comfortable ride, and high end technology into one beautiful package. The base price for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S550 is $94,500.
The hugely powerful engine that lives in the S550 is a twin-turbo 4.6 liter V-8. This bad boy pumps out 429 horsepower and 516 lb-ft. of torque. All that power is transmitted to the wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission. You can get the S550 in either rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. 0-60 MPH is eclipsed in only 4.9 seconds. This is true sports car performance out of a large high-end luxury sedan. Fuel economy is surprisingly good at 15 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway.
To provide a luxurious ride you would expect from a high-end luxury car, the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S550 has a few tricks up its sleeve. First the AIRMATIC active suspension is computer controlled and will adjust to the road conditions. There are 2 setting: Comfort and Sport. When you choose sports the car automatically lowers a bit to improve aerodynamics and the suspension tightens up. In Comfort mode the S550 provides a balanced enjoyable ride. In addition to AIRMATIC the 2012 Mercedes S550 has an Active Dampening System that will tailor the dampening force of the strut every time there is any wheel travel.
On the inside of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz S550 the driver and passenger are bathed in premium luxury. The seats are wrapped in supple leather. Up front the seats are both heated and ventilated for your pleasure. There is also an option to upgrade to message seats which are so very comfortable. Heck even the rear seats can come as 8-way power adjustable units. The Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 sound system is comprised of 15 speakers throughout the interior. This stereo has over 600 watts of music producing power. The S550 comes packed with every bit of technological goodie you need including: Bluetooth, Hard Drive Navigation, Satellite Radio, Rear Seat Entertainment, and more.
There are many more optional features and packages you can add to the 2012 Mercedes S550. This may be the top of the heap for the long-wheel base luxury sedan segment.