Some people who know me say, I was born with a toy car in my hand instead of a bottle. I learned to drive when I was 10. I have been in the car business since I was born; my late father was a car dealer. He entered politics in 1995 and that started my career as a car dealer. It’s safe to say I know a little bit about cars!
This afternoon, I feel like a kid again, as I get to spend the afternoon in a 2015 S550 Mercedes Benz Coupe, the flagship model for the perennial leader in luxury automobiles. As I leave the office with my photographer, I can’t help but feel a little nervous. I’m no stranger to the quality of Mercedes, but this S550 Coupe is beyond the standard; it is one of the most reputable luxury models in the world! When we arrive to pick up the car, I can see the low sweeping front end; It is truly a breathtaking automobile. Visually, we notice immediately the steeper windshield than its 4-door counterpart, stunning 20″ rims and the beautifully finished headlamp assembly fitted with Swarski crystals. The front of this car is clearly designed to make an impression, and it does.
It is a nice afternoon in Maple, cloudy with some sun, glinting off the stunning machine. My photographer whistles as he appreciates the machinery. Under the long hood is a 4.7 Twin Turbocharged V8, producing 449 horse power. Now it’s time to appreciate the details inside. When I enter the car, I am greeted by an ultra luxurious leather interior. Leather is everywhere from the driver’s door rest, dashboard, and the full center console that stretches into the rear seating area, which has enough room to comfortably fit an adult. As I sink comfortably into the leather seat, I immediately notice the immense Magic Sky roof – just fantastic. My bearings are now focused on configuring my driver’s position which is easily located on the driver’s door. I look forward, and it’s hard not to notice the dashboard’s two large LCD screens. Once I hit the ignition, the engine roars sending chills of excitement through both of us. The main screen encompasses the tachometer and speedometer along with the necessary gauges for the driver. The second screen is all about the multimedia; it holds all the vital technology features one would expect in a Mercedes Benz, but more importantly, it is extremely intuitive. Everything is where you would naturally expect it to be, making this car as simple as it is fun. The car’s technology features are so extensive, it would take me pages to get to all of them. Mercedes Benz has left nothing on the table, and this car has it all. From the heads up display, which gives you speed & navigation guidance to the LCD screen which controls everything from your favorite listening music to having your favorite lavender scent disperse through your dashboard vents, the S550 is luxury at its finest.
We need to take our pictures, but decide to first head over to lunch at Earl’s Kitchen & Bar for the same kind of high octane fuel the car requires. The drive to Earl’s is filled with honks of admiration to stares of appreciation for the car’s beauty. The acceleration is deliberate using all 8 cylinders with ease and precise gear changes. As we eat our delicious lunch, we rush a little more than usual so we can get right back in the car!
Once we finish our photo shoot at the beautiful McMichael Art Gallery, we’re slightly overcome with sadness that our time with this remarkable car is just about over. The S550, is without a doubt a true executive’s car. It can handle the city with ease and still gives the driver that adrenaline rush when called upon. At $189,900, the price tag is well in line with any other luxury coupe, but has one more thing that the competition does not have: The star in the grille that makes it a Mercedes Benz!