- The three major trim packages for the 2021 S-Class are Luxury Line, Executive Line and AMG Line.
- The S 500 model gets a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six making 429 horsepower.
- The S 580 uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 to make 496 horsepower.
In case you hadn't noticed, Mercedes-Benz introduced the next-generation 2021 S-Class in September (that's about nine months ago in 2020 time) to somewhat mixed reviews. While the evolutionary exterior styling isn't particularly controversial, the dramatic redesign of the interior certainly raised some eyebrows. The new S-Class combines a 12.3-inch instrument panel with a 12.8-inch infotainment touchscreen and countless advanced features, leaving no doubt that it will be more of a technological tour de force than ever — which is saying something.
While you might think this would put off some potential S-Class buyers, we don't think it will. Shoppers in this stratosphere expect excellence in all forms. Even the not-so-early adopters have come to accept comprehensive technology as an integral aspect of today's superior automobiles.
But just who are these buyers, and which S-Class would they buy? Specifically, what's the Old Money 2021 S-Class build versus the New Money version? We've taken a deep dive into the early spec sheets released by Mercedes to come up with some pretty good guesses, if we do say so ourselves.