2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Consumer Review: a Benz with personality
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2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Consumer Review

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a Benz with personality
By sonderklasse on

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2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S63 AMG 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl Turbo 7A)

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I sympathize with the reviewers who expected a smooth luxury cruiser, because this car is surprisingly challenging to drive, but that's a big part of its appeal to me. Step off is balky in C ("controlled efficiency") or S ("sport") modes, maybe because the transmission doesn't have a torque converter. But it smooths out considerably in M ("manual") mode and, in fact, the car seems considerably happier, although MPG nose dives. The C and even S modes lug the car unmercifully. Weird to drive a huge luxury car that needs driver involvement, but I'm the rarity who likes that. Reminds me of my 2005 Maserati GranSport, although of course the Maserati shifts far more positively.

Best Features

Power, exhaust note, exclusivity, appearance, feels remarkably nimble for a car this size.

Worst Features

Better MPG would be great, but highly unlikely.
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