National Geographic : 2008 Feb
©2007 Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC It's not just the flagship of a company, but of an entire industry. THE 2008 S-CLASS. While we don't claim to predict the future, we can tell you with some degree of confidence what automakers will be doing in the years to come. We say this not as a matter of mere speculation, but from firsthand experience. For decades, the S-Class Sedan has been the platinum standard of luxury, craftsmanship and engineering innovation, and the inspiration for many of the industry's most meaningful and important advancements. Yet its leadership role is not merely a product of its unequaled technological prowess. Since its inception, the car's striking presence has been an S-Class trademark. The current model is a perfect example subtle in design and undeniably commanding in scale. Yet this imposing automobile performs with agility and grace that is nothing less than breathtaking. An S 550 will carry its occupants in luxury from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds* (An AMG variant of the same car will do it in 4.5 seconds.) And on the German autobahn, this car can cruise in excess of 135 mph.** The sense of complete serenity at these speeds, or any speed, is yet another facet of its flagship character. And the one which other makers find most difficult to duplicate. As the 2008 S-Class rolls out of the factory in Stuttgart, it will undoubtedly capture the hearts of the pundits. World governments, sports heroes and business moguls will make their purchases. But few will pay closer attention than the people who build other cars. THE S-CLASS. The sedan that set the standardfor advanced automobile engineering and continues to raise it. Unlike any other. Mercedes-Benz MBUSA.com *Stated rates of acceleration are based on manufacturer's track results and may vary depending on model, environmental and road surface conditions, driving style, elevation and vehicle load. **Please always drive carefully, consistent with conditions and always obey local speed limits. S 550 shown in Black paint. For more information on Mercedes-Benz products, call 1-800 -FOR-MERCEDES, or visit MBUSA.com.