Driving at over 150 mph has never looked so relaxing.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has set a new benchmark for luxury sedans, offering unmatched comfort and technology. With the new-generation model, Mercedes has loaded the opulent sedan with massage seats, an augmented reality display, and up to five screens to keep you entertained and comfortable while being chauffeured around. But the S-Class is also no slouch in the performance department for those who want to be in the driver's seat.
To see how well it performs, the new S-Class was taken for a high-speed run on an unrestricted section of the German Autobahn. AutoTopNL is no stranger to maxing out high-performance sports cars and supercars on the autobahn, having recently hit 180 mph in an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and over 200 mph in a Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet with the roof down.
This performance run is less dramatic, however. As soon as the driver enters the cabin and shuts the door, the active noise cancellation technology kicks in to block sound from the outside world. Thanks to this technology, driving the German luxury sedan at triple-digit speeds looks surprisingly relaxing.
When the traffic clears, the driver puts their foot to the floor and pushes the S-Class to an electronically-limited top speed of 155 mph without breaking a sweat, which they maintain for several seconds on the long straight road. Driving at over 150 mph has never looked so relaxing.
The model being tested in the video is the S500 variant. Starting at $109,800 excluding the destination charge, the S500 4MATIC is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six producing 429 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque, while an EQ Boost integrated starter-generator adds an extra 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
Slotting above the S500 is the S580 4MATIC. Starting at $116,300 before the destination charge, this variant utilizes a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 rated at 496 hp and 516 lb-ft and also comes with an EQ Boost system that increases the output by 21 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. While German customers can already cruise on the autobahn in the new S-Class, US deliveries are slated to start in the first half of 2021.