The Ares Design S-Class Should Be Given A Class Of Its Own

Italian firm adds style, luxury and performance to the best of the best.

Whilemost luxury flagship buyers would find little need to improve on the currentgeneration Mercedes-Benz S-Class, there is one Italian firm that consistentlymanages to blow our minds with its unique upgrades and improvements furnishedon some of the world's finest automobiles. After stretching the S-Class into aworld class limousine, the XXL, a few months ago, Ares has just revealed astandard sedan version of the flagship Mercedes. And there is nothing standardabout it. Of course, the improvements run inside, outside and under thehood.

Beyond the new front fascia, bumpers, side skirts and intakes, the AresS-Class receives ultra-light 21-inch forged five-spoke wheels and red brakecalipers. The interior upgrades are elegant and understated, and are moresubdued than those featured in the XXL limousine. These include reshaped seatswith loads of Carbon Alcantara and Nappa Italian leather, lots of hand-painted lacqueredwood and a new multimedia system. As for performance and engine upgrades, Areswill offer anything between 520 and 580 hp versions, the latter sprinting from0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds. Is this the most delicious blend of Italian design andGerman engineering? We'd certainly love to have a taste.

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