Mercedes is dominating right now, and its lineup is proof of that.
In our "Dream Garage" series we compile the best models from a single manufacturer and see how awesome an ultimate dream garage from that company would be. We only use models that are currently sold, or rumored to be in production, so no historic cars make the list, although feel free to leave your favorites in the comments. When it comes to German automakers we have already filled a garage with cars from the BMW Group and the VW Group. This week we will fill our dream garage with the best models from Mercedes-Benz.
Since this is a dream garage, it only makes sense that the Mercedes R50 gets a spot. The R50 is a rumored hypercar from the AMG department that could battle the Aston Martin AM-RB 001. You may be surprised to hear that the rumored engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged. It may sound silly that Mercedes wants to compete against V12-powered hypercars with a four-banger, but the R50 would have three electric motors and a total of 1,300 horsepower. We have no idea how close this car is to production, but we hope that Mercedes is serious about it. A 1,300-horsepower hypercar is the perfect flagship for a lineup that is already so impressive.
We hope that the R50 does become a reality, but if it doesn't, AMG's current flagship is no slouch. We have praised the Mercedes-AMG GT on many occasions, and the car has only become better looking now that there is a convertible version. We would choose the more powerful convertible trim, the GT C. This mode comes with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 with 557 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque. This is only 20 horsepower less than the GT R, and you can put the roof down. We already have a hardcore hypercar in the garage, so we thought we would take a slightly more comfortable route with the AMG GT. Even with the added weight of the convertible top, the GT C can still hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
No Mercedes dream garage would be complete without the company's true flagship model, the S-Class. The S-Class has always been a staple in the Mercedes lineup, even when there was a model above it in some capacity. There are many trims of the S-Class to choose from, but we chose the Maybach S600. This is the most luxurious model in the range and costs $190,275. Power comes from a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 with 523 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. There are AMG versions with more power and more torque, but we chose the Maybach because it offers the best comfort. When you already have a sports car and a hypercar in the garage, why would you need an AMG-tuned S-Class?
The G-Wagon is another icon of the Mercedes lineup. It is amazing that the German automaker has continued to build a truck that was originally designed for military use. We chose the G550 4x4 Squared. You may remember that Mercedes built a limited edition six-wheeled version of the G-Wagon. The 4x4 Squared is the four-wheeled version of that car. The 6x6 is much more expensive and limited in capabilities due to its size. As much as we love it, owning something so big would be pretty impractical. The 4x4 Squared is impressive off-road in its own right, with the same amazing ground clearance as the 6x6 but in a much more compact package. It's a no-brainer to put this thing in our Mercedes dream garage.
Having a Smart in this garage may shock some of you, but let us explain. Everyone seems to throw a fit whenever we propose the idea that an automatic or dual-clutch transmission could ever be a better option than a manual. If you're one of these people, then this choice is for you. The Smart Fortwo is the only car that is built by Mercedes for the US that can be had with a manual transmission. It may only have a 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo with 89 horsepower, but like a Porsche 911 it is rear-engined, RWD and available with a manual. It even weighs less than a 911 at just over 2,000 pounds. So it's basically better than a Porsche...at least at fitting into small parking spaces.