Price (as tested) 💲: $130,190
Powertrain ⚙️: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8
Output 💪: 496 hp/516 lb-ft of torque
Transmission 🕹: 9-speed automatic
0-60 MPH 🚦: 4.4 seconds
Top Speed 💥: 130 mph
MPG (as tested) ⛽️: 16 city/25 hwy/19 combined
Curb weight ⚖️: 4,950 lbs


Some status symbols are skin deep. We aspire for their perceived style, quality, and zen, yet close inspection reveals construction by paper mache.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has everything to lose in its privileged position. For decades, it has represented executive arrival – the outward expression of achievement. If MB had decided to phone it in some years ago, letting the car’s substance slip, sales wouldn’t mirror the decay. “It’s still an S-Class,” many would reason.

But this flagship just keeps getting better. The 4-liter twin-turbo V8 of the S 580 generates effortless momentum, the adaptive damper air suspension floats in uncanny mimicry of a Rolls-Royce Ghost, and the tech has never been cleverer.

Peel back the layers on the latest S-Class, and you’ll find leaves of gold, nothing less.