Summary, Prices, Specs

By September 9, 2013


Completely redesigned for 2014, the Mercedes-Benz S550 boasts a seamless driving experience and cosseted luxury. The sublime, inviting interior is swathed in rich leather and wood, complete with mood lighting and aromatherapy. The S550 is fast and extremely stable at high speeds. Steering is light, there is little body lean and precise handling yet the suspension muffles the worst potholes. The S-Class is quiet underway and the driver benefits from excellent visibility.

Stephen Williams filed this report after his test drive of the S550 in Ontario.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Mercedes-Benz S550 ($92,900), S550 4MATIC ($95,900); S63 AMG 4MATIC ($139,500)
Engines:4.7-liter aluminum twin-turbocharged dohc 4-valve V8
Transmissions:7-speed direct shift automatic with paddle shifters
Safety equipment (standard):Collision Prevention Assist; Magic Vision Control; mbrace2; LED Intelligent Light System; rearview camera; Attention Assist; Pre-Safe; electronic stability control; ABS; Adaptive Braking
Safety equipment (optional):Driver Assistance Package with Distronic Plus with PreSafe braking with pedestrian recognition; active blind spot assist; active lane-keeping assist; Night View Assist Plus; Magic Body Control; heated steering wheel; active parking assist; all-wheel drive
Basic warranty:48 months/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Stuttgart, Germany
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Mercedes-Benz S550 ($92,900)
Standard equipment:leather upholstery, climate control; Burmester sound system, two 12.3 inch high resolution screens for instrument and infortainment clusters; COMAND system with navigation; ambient lighting; heated front seats; electronic trunk closer; panorama sunroof; power seats with memory; rearview camera; illuminated doorsills
Options as tested (MSPR):Premium 1 package ($4,500) includes Parktronic with Active Parking Assist, heated and active ventilated front seats with massage function, Keyless-Go; rear-seat entertainment system ($2,650); Magic Body Control ($4,450)
Destination charge:$925
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$105425
Engine:4.7-liter aluminum twin-turbocharged V8 with double overhead cams and four valves per cylinder
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):455 @ 5250-5500
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):516 @ 1800-3500
Transmission:7-speed direct shift automatic with paddle shifters
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:N/A
Wheelbase:124.6 in.
Length/width/height:206.5/74.8/58.7 in.
Track, f/r:63.9/64.5 in.
Turning circle:40 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:42.1/na/na in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:N/A
Cargo volume:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:multilink air spring, single-tube shock absorber with continuously adjustable damping
Suspension, r:multi-link, independent
Ground clearance:5.0 in.
Curb weigth:4729 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:N/A
Fuel capacity:21.1 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of September 9, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-367-6372 -