What Is It?
2015 Mercedes-Benz S600
What's New About This Model?
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is all new for 2014 and this new 2015 S600 model adds a powerful V12 engine to the high-end luxury sedan.
When Does It Go On Sale?
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 will go on sale in the spring of 2014.
How Much Does It Cost?
Mercedes has not announced official pricing on the 2015 S600, but it will likely cost slightly more than the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S600 which started at just over $163,000.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
While there is anticipation of an S-Class coupe, currently the S600 is only available as a full-size, long-wheelbase four-door sedan.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
· 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V12, 523 horsepower, 612 lb-ft of torque
· Seven-speed automatic
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
The centerpiece of the S600 is its 6.0-liter V12 engine. Like the standard, V8-powered S550, the S600 features luxury touches like a head-up display, automatically adjusting suspension that can read the texture of the road, cross-traffic alert, an automatic cruise-control system that adjusts speed based on the cars around you and an adaptive braking system that can help prevent — or reduce the severity of — crashes. But all S-Classes have those. This one's got a powerful 12-cylinder motor that will provide effortless acceleration and bragging rights.
Doesn't Mercedes Already Have a V12 S-Class?
It does! At the Los Angeles auto show, Mercedes announced an all-new 2015 S65 AMG powered by a twin-turbo, 6.0-liter V12. So what's the difference?
The S65 AMG makes 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque. That's a full 93 more hp and 126 lb-ft more torque than the S600, but it is only available as a regular wheelbase model. The fact that the S65 is an AMG product means it's produced by Mercedes' performance department and has more aggressive suspension and seats and an exterior that is more sporty than subtle.
The S600 is outstandingly powerful and understated. The S65 is, too, but shouts it from the rooftops.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
2014 Audi A8L W12 : Audi's 12-cylinder sedan is the long-wheelbase A8 L W12. With a sticker price of $138,895, it's less expensive than the Mercedes, but it makes less power and isn't as new as the S600.
2013 BMW 760Li : Like the Audi and Mercedes, BMW's ultra-high-end 12-cylinder sedan is only available along with a long wheelbase. The 760Li's 6.0-liter V12 makes 535 hp and the car costs $143,825.
2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive : Unlike the other cars in this class, the long-wheelbase, $162,075 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive only uses a V8 engine. It's the sportiest car in the segment, but still offers six-figure refinement and quality.
Should You Wait for It?
The "base" 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 makes 449 hp which, for most people, is more than sufficient. But as much as we'd like to be able to say that the S63 AMG and S65 AMG produce similar or more power to the S600, there's a subtle elegance to this non-performance luxury cruiser that strikes a chord. If you're looking for an endless swell of power and the luxury and space that only a long-wheelbase sedan can offer, this one's worth the short wait until spring.