Our Car of the Week is the Mercedes-Benz S600.
Right, so you might have noticed that our Car of the Week winners are certainly a diverse bunch!
That’s why this week’s Car of the Week – the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600, was such a worthy choice.
How can we put this with sounding offensive? Mercedes-Benz is a well-regarded and much-loved luxury car brand that makes terrific cars right up from the entry-level A-Class to some of those amazing AMG sports models.
But, if money is no object, does the Mercedes-Benz name hold enough street-cred to keep you in good favour with neighbours who aren’t seen in anything less than a Rolls-Royce or a Bentley?
In other words, would a car like the S600 make you look rich, but not quite really rich? The reason we pose this question is that we are talking a vehicle that starts from $417,500! Then, you could easily spend another $50,000 on customization and optional extras.
Remember that a Bentley Flying Spur sedan, which also boasts a twelve-cylinder engine, is priced from around the same money as the German model. It’s an interesting question and you would have to think that for some quite well-off individuals the Mercedes-Benz might not get a look-in.
That’s a shame, this car really has just about everything. By the way, no we aren’t forgetting the Mercedes-Maybach S 600, it’s just we can’t see too many private buyers driving off in a vehicle primarily aimed at car services.
Under the bonnet of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 is a 390kW/830Nm 6.0 litre V12 engine. The transmission is a seven-speed automatic and the S600 is a rear-wheel drive offering.
Before we talk fuel economy, remember that the S600 weighs-in at nearly two and a quarter tonnes! Alright, around town expect your Mercedes-Benz saloon to drink 16.4L/100km and a combined 11.3L/100km, in all, pretty impressive given we are talking 12 cylinders.
Standard features for your $417,500 include;
- 19” alloy wheels
- 13 speaker stereo
- Power adjustable steering column
- Powered blinds for rear and rear-side windows
- Front, side and rear cameras
- DVD player with six disc stacker
- Electric/massaging seats
- Full Nappa leather trim
- A night vision system
- Electric sunroof
- Run flat tyres
- TV tuner
- Woodgrain highlighted interior
Enhancements you can add include;
- Refrigerated compartment – $2,500
- Extra dark tinted windows – $900
- Business Class Package including tray tables and rear multi-function console – $7,000
- 3D surround sound system – $9,900
While premium paint colour choices can you cost you over an additional $8,000.
There’s no doubt our Car of the Week is a pretty cool offering and while it might not stand-out in the crowd like a Bentley, maybe that’s a good thing? We love the styling of the current S-Series around here and think that flagship model, and that 830Nm V12 engine, would be pretty sweet.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600
Engine: 6.0 litre V12 producing 390kW and 830Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Safety: Not tested
Warranty: Three years
Price: From $417,500