I found it with only 16k miles for ~$25k < than the BMW or MB. With a billion of those cars in L.A. this one stands out. The styling is beautiful, understated, and more masculine than the base S-Type, with performance to back up the R badge. No issues at 21k miles. BRILLIANT ENGINE! The flat torque band means very linear response, yet the car remains composed. 0-60 in 5.3s, 1/4mi in 13.5s, faster than you'll ever need. Very smooth in the city, but the CATS system really shines when you toss it into an off-camber turn. It's hard to upset this car. Push the SPORT button, punch it, downshift, come in very hot w/traction off, turn in, break it loose, and grin. Then roll up to the valet.
The fantastic SC V8! The ZF 6-speed, ALWAYS in the right gear. The smooth yet tight suspension & steering. The 14.4" Brembo stopping power. Easy sat- nav system. Great heated front seats. Great Alpine audio system-1 CD in dash, 6 CDs in trunk. The eternal styling--an iron fist in a silk glove.
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