2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$86,700-$194,000
$80,631-$180,420
12 /CITY / 18 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • S63 AMG model with 518-hp, 6.3-liter V-8 engine added
Overview
According to Mercedes-Benz, the S-Class is the world's best-selling luxury sedan. In production since 1954, the S-Class is now in its tenth generation (although it was not officially called the \"S-Class\" until 1972). Over the years, Mercedes has used the flagship S-Class to introduce new technology to the company's entire product line. The S-Class is credited with introducing air bags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and stability control, among other features, to the rest of the Mercedes family.

The current S-Class model was introduced in showrooms as a 2007 model. In North America, it was initially offered with a choice of 8- and 12-cylinder powerplants, and rear- or 4MATIC all-wheel drive. For 2008, a performance-oriented S63 AMG model has been added.

Model Lineup
Mercedes-Benz offers four different S-Class models for the 2008 model year. The S550 and S600 are luxury-oriented, while the S63 and S65, massaged with race-inspired engineering and performance parts from AMG, appeal more to the driving aficionado, the company claims. All S-Class models, regardless of trim level, are equipped with a standard equipment menu that includes full power accessories, leather upholstery, hand-polished wood trim, and a navigation system.

The 12-cylinder S600 upgrades many of the luxury features found in the 8-cylinder S550. The 12-cylinder model offers four-zone climate control, cabin humidity sensors, heated and Active Ventilated front seats, and fiber-optic ambient lighting. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard on both models.

The 8-cylinder S63 AMG, and twin-turbo 12-cylinder S65 AMG, offer a sport-tuned suspension, AMG-calibrated Active Body Control (ABC), and 20-inch light alloy wheels as standard features. The options list for both AMG models is limited to a few select items, and a long list of choices with which owners can customize their purchases.

Powertrain
The four S-Class models are each equipped with a different powerplant and transmission. The S550 features a 5.5-liter V-8 engine rated at 382 hp, with 391 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to a 7-speed automatic, the S550 achieves 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds, according to the manufacturer. EPA fuel economy estimates are 14 mpg city/21 mpg highway. The S550 is the only S-Class model to be offered with the automaker's permanent 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.

The S600 fits a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine. Rated at 510 hp, with 612 lb.-ft. of torque, a 5-speed automatic helps it to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. EPA fuel economy estimates are 11 mpg city/17 mph highway.

The S63 AMG is powered by a 6.3-liter V-8 engine, rated at 518 hp and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. A 7-speed, AMG-enhanced, SPEEDSHIFT automatic transmission brings the S63 AMG to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. EPA fuel economy estimates are 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway.

Passengers in the flagship S65 AMG sit behind a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine. Rated at 604 hp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque, its power is routed through a 5-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT automatic transmission with steering-wheel paddle shifters. For the S65 AMG, 0-60 mph takes 4.2 seconds. EPA fuel economy estimates are 13 mpg city/20 mpg highway.

Mercedes-Benz provides all S-Class owners a 48-month/50,000-mile limited warranty. Free 24-hour roadside assistance is available throughout the life of the vehicle.

Safety
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class offers a high level of available safety features. Driver and front passenger are provided with adaptive dual-stage front air bags, side air bags, and 3-point self-tensioning seat belts. Second-row outboard passengers are provided with side-impact air bags and self-tensioning seat belts. A window curtain air bag is designed to deploy along the front and side windows. Pre-Safe, a Mercedes-designed system that prepares the vehicle and occupants for an impending collision, is standard on 2008 S-Class models. The universal child safety seat Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system is also standard on rear outboard positions. The 2008 S-Class has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology
The Mercedes-Benz 2008 S-Class models feature an innovative technology-laden instrument cluster to supplement the large navigation display in the center of the dashboard. Nestled between an analog tachometer and fuel gauge immediately in front of the driver is a multi-function digital display. By default, it offers a digital representation of an analog speedometer. At the driver's command, the display can be scrolled through various displays and menus. These include outside temperature, maintenance information, audio system information, navigation guidance, and Distronic Plus parking displays. Depending on model and options, some 2008 S-Class models are equipped to display Night View Assist-an infrared projection of the road ahead-on the screen.

What Changed for 2008:

  • S63 AMG model with 518-hp, 6.3-liter V-8 engine added
Overview
According to Mercedes-Benz, the S-Class is the world's best-selling luxury sedan. In production since 1954, the S-Class is now in its tenth generation (although it was not officially called the \"S-Class\" until 1972). Over the years, Mercedes has used the flagship S-Class to introduce new technology to the company's entire product line. The S-Class is credited with introducing air bags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), and stability control, among other features, to the rest of the Mercedes family.

The current S-Class model was introduced in showrooms as a 2007 model. In North America, it was initially offered with a choice of 8- and 12-cylinder powerplants, and rear- or 4MATIC all-wheel drive. For 2008, a performance-oriented S63 AMG model has been added.

Model Lineup
Mercedes-Benz offers four different S-Class models for the 2008 model year. The S550 and S600 are luxury-oriented, while the S63 and S65, massaged with race-inspired engineering and performance parts from AMG, appeal more to the driving aficionado, the company claims. All S-Class models, regardless of trim level, are equipped with a standard equipment menu that includes full power accessories, leather upholstery, hand-polished wood trim, and a navigation system.

The 12-cylinder S600 upgrades many of the luxury features found in the 8-cylinder S550. The 12-cylinder model offers four-zone climate control, cabin humidity sensors, heated and Active Ventilated front seats, and fiber-optic ambient lighting. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard on both models.

The 8-cylinder S63 AMG, and twin-turbo 12-cylinder S65 AMG, offer a sport-tuned suspension, AMG-calibrated Active Body Control (ABC), and 20-inch light alloy wheels as standard features. The options list for both AMG models is limited to a few select items, and a long list of choices with which owners can customize their purchases.

Powertrain
The four S-Class models are each equipped with a different powerplant and transmission. The S550 features a 5.5-liter V-8 engine rated at 382 hp, with 391 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to a 7-speed automatic, the S550 achieves 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds, according to the manufacturer. EPA fuel economy estimates are 14 mpg city/21 mpg highway. The S550 is the only S-Class model to be offered with the automaker's permanent 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system.

The S600 fits a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine. Rated at 510 hp, with 612 lb.-ft. of torque, a 5-speed automatic helps it to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. EPA fuel economy estimates are 11 mpg city/17 mph highway.

The S63 AMG is powered by a 6.3-liter V-8 engine, rated at 518 hp and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. A 7-speed, AMG-enhanced, SPEEDSHIFT automatic transmission brings the S63 AMG to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. EPA fuel economy estimates are 11 mpg city/17 mpg highway.

Passengers in the flagship S65 AMG sit behind a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine. Rated at 604 hp and 738 lb.-ft. of torque, its power is routed through a 5-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT automatic transmission with steering-wheel paddle shifters. For the S65 AMG, 0-60 mph takes 4.2 seconds. EPA fuel economy estimates are 13 mpg city/20 mpg highway.

Mercedes-Benz provides all S-Class owners a 48-month/50,000-mile limited warranty. Free 24-hour roadside assistance is available throughout the life of the vehicle.

Safety
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class offers a high level of available safety features. Driver and front passenger are provided with adaptive dual-stage front air bags, side air bags, and 3-point self-tensioning seat belts. Second-row outboard passengers are provided with side-impact air bags and self-tensioning seat belts. A window curtain air bag is designed to deploy along the front and side windows. Pre-Safe, a Mercedes-designed system that prepares the vehicle and occupants for an impending collision, is standard on 2008 S-Class models. The universal child safety seat Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system is also standard on rear outboard positions. The 2008 S-Class has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology
The Mercedes-Benz 2008 S-Class models feature an innovative technology-laden instrument cluster to supplement the large navigation display in the center of the dashboard. Nestled between an analog tachometer and fuel gauge immediately in front of the driver is a multi-function digital display. By default, it offers a digital representation of an analog speedometer. At the driver's command, the display can be scrolled through various displays and menus. These include outside temperature, maintenance information, audio system information, navigation guidance, and Distronic Plus parking displays. Depending on model and options, some 2008 S-Class models are equipped to display Night View Assist-an infrared projection of the road ahead-on the screen.
Available Trims for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 5.5L V8 (4dr Sdn RWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 86700.00 Engine 5.5L/333 City/Hwy MPG 14/21
Name 5.5L V8 (4dr Sdn 4MATIC) Transmission Automatic MSRP 89700.00 Engine 5.5L/333 City/Hwy MPG 14/20
Name 5.5L V12 (4dr Sdn RWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 144200.00 Engine 5.5L/336 City/Hwy MPG 11/17
Name 6.3L V8 AMG (4dr Sdn RWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 127000.00 Engine 6.3L/379 City/Hwy MPG 11/17
Name 6.0L V12 AMG (4dr Sdn RWD) Transmission Automatic MSRP 194000.00 Engine 6.0L/365 City/Hwy MPG 11/17
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INTERIOR
  • 14-way pwr heated front bucket seats-inc: pwr lumbar, 3-position seat memory
  • Active front head restraints w/adjustable height & fore-aft, built-in keypad beneath headrest for hands-free communication & radio presets
  • Rear head restraints in all seating positions w/manually adjustable fore-aft
  • Leather upholstery
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Hand-polished Burl Walnut wood trim
  • Leather-wrapped pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic steering wheel-inc: mounted shift buttons, audio, voice, telephone & multi-function display controls, programmable easy-exit, memory
  • COMAND cockpit management & data system for operation of vehicles systems
  • Multi-function displays in instrument cluster faces-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, maintenance system, oil level check, digital speedometer, reminder & malfunction messages, driver-programmable settings, audio status, navigation route guidance
  • Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System Plus display-inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders
  • Audible reminders & messages-inc: exterior lamp failure, low fuel, engine oil, coolant, washer fluid, headlights on, remove key from ignition, door & sunroof open
  • Digital instrumentation-inc: speedometer, odometer, Touch Shift gear & shift modes selection
  • Electronic analog tachometer & fuel gauge
  • Touch turn signals (flashes (3) times w/1-touch)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Pwr windows w/1-touch express up/down
  • Pwr rear window sunshade w/1-touch express up/down
  • SmartKey system-inc: remote central locking system, anti-theft engine immobilizer, drive away automatic locking
  • SmartKey infrared remote-inc: trunk open, windows & sunroof open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock
  • Tele Aid global positioning system (GPS) satellite system-inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm & collision notification
  • 20-GB hard drive-based in-dash GPS navigation system
  • Integrated HomeLink compatible (3) button garage door opener
  • Hands-free communication system w/voice control
  • Cruise control
  • Anti-theft client alarm notification w/remote panic feature
  • Harmon/kardon LOGIC7 600-Watt digital surround system-inc: AM/FM stereo, 6-disc CD changer, MP3 capability, (14) speakers, 5.1 channel amplifier, dynamic volume control, fiber-optic communication among components
  • PCMCIA memory card slot
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control-inc: electrostatic dust & pollen filters, sun, humidity & dew point sensors, tunnel mode w/1-touch closing of all windows, seat belt usage sensors (allows climate control to focus first on occupied seats)
  • Rear window defroster w/auto-shutoff based on time, driving speed & exterior temp
  • Auxiliary pwr outlet
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Quad illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dual front/rear reading lamps
  • Adjustable fiber-optic ambient lighting feature
  • Night security illumination
  • Locator lighting
  • 14-way pwr heated & ventilated front bucket seats-inc: pwr lumbar, 3-position seat memory
  • Drive-Dynamic multi-contour front seats w/4-level massage feature
  • 8-way pwr & active ventilated outboard rear seats w/heat feature
  • Exclusive leather upholstery
  • Leather & wood pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic heated steering wheel-inc: mounted shift buttons, audio, voice, telephone & multi-function display controls, programmable easy-exit, memory
  • Multi-function displays in instrument cluster faces-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, maintenance system, oil level check, digital speedometer, reminder & malfunction messages, driver-programmable settings, audio status, navigation route guidance, cruise control settings
  • Pwr rear side window sunshades w/1-touch express up/down
  • SmartKey infrared remote-inc: trunk open, windows & sunroof open/close, panic alarm, fuel filler door, selective unlock, active ventilated seats on
  • Keyless Go
  • Night view assist
  • Rear view monitor
  • Parktronic
  • Built-in telephone keypad-inc: wood-trimmed cover, hand rest
  • Distronic plus adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic quad-zone climate control-inc: electrostatic dust & pollen filters, sun, humidity & dew point sensors, tunnel mode w/1-touch closing of all windows, seat belt usage sensors (allows climate control to focus first on occupied seats)
  • Alcantara headliner
  • AMG premium leather upholstery
  • Front center armrest w/storage
  • Rear folding center armrest w/storage, (2) cupholders
  • Stainless-steel door sill trim w/AMG insignia
  • AMG leather sport pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic steering wheel-inc: AMG shift paddles, audio, voice, telephone & multi-function display controls, programmable easy-exit, memory
  • AMG gauges w/race timer
  • Blind spot assist
  • Illuminated glove box
  • AMG 14-way pwr heated & ventilated front sport seats-inc: pwr lumbar, 3-position seat memory
  • Pwr height & fore-aft front head restraints, built-in keypad beneath headrest for hands-free communication & radio presets
  • AMG hand-fitted perforated leather seating w/metal AMG badges
  • AMG leather sport pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic steering wheel-inc: AMG shift paddles, raised thumb grips, audio, voice, telephone & multi-function display controls, programmable easy-exit, memory
  • Digital instrumentation-inc: odometer, Touch Shift gear & shift modes selection
  • Electronic analog speedometer, tachometer & fuel gauge
  • IWC Ingenieur designed analogue clock
  • Built-in telephone keypad
  • Alcantara quad illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Illuminated trunk-inc: umbrella holder, grocery bag hooks, tie-down hooks
EXTERIOR
  • Pwr tilt/slide tinted glass sunroof w/1-touch express open, memory
  • Bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps-inc: polycarbonate lenses, automatic level control, driver-selectable light-sensing auto-on headlamp, automatic lamp substitution, heated headlamp washers
  • Front halogen foglamps
  • Single rear foglamp
  • Dual heated auto-folding pwr mirrors-inc: memory, auto-dimming driver mirror, integrated LED turn signals
  • Infrared-reflecting & noise insulating glass
  • Rain-sensing aero-blade windshield wipers w/heated washer system
  • Variable doorstop
  • Pwr tilt/slide tinted glass panorama roof w/1-touch express open front panel, independently operated front/rear shades
  • Pwr trunk closer
  • AMG front air dam w/mesh air intakes & side skirts
  • AMG rear apron w/mesh air diffuser
MECHANICAL
  • 5.5L SFI DOHC 32-valve V8 engine
  • 7-speed electronically controlled driver-adaptive automatic transmission w/ Touch Shift
  • Electronic parking brake w/automatic disengagement
  • Electronic stability program (ESP)
  • Rear wheel drive
  • Airmatic semi-active suspension w/ADS II adaptive damping
  • Independent 4-link front suspension-inc: anti-lift control, gas-pressurized shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
  • Independent 5-arm multi-link rear suspension-inc: anti-squat & anti-dive systems
  • P255/45R18 all-season tires
  • 18" x 8.5" 9-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Pwr vehicle-speed-sensitive rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr 4-piston perforated & vented front & 1-piston vented rear disc brakes
  • Anti-lock disc brakes system (ABS) w/brake assist system
  • 4-wheel electronic traction system (4-ETS)
  • 4MATIC all-wheel drive
  • 5.5L SFI SOHC bi-turbo 36-valve V12 engine
  • 5-speed electronically controlled driver-adaptive automatic transmission w/ Touch Shift
  • Active body control (ABC)-inc: coil spring & electronically controlled hydraulic cylinder w/shock absorber at each wheel, automatic 4-wheel level control, driver-selectable ride-height control, automatic speed-sensitive lowering
  • P255/45R18 front high performance tires
  • P275/45R18 rear high performance tires
  • 18" x 8.5" front 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 18" x 9.5" rear 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • AMG 6.3L SFI DOHC 32-valve V8 engine
  • 7-speed electronically controlled driver-adaptive automatic transmission w/ AMG SpeedShift, Touch Shift
  • AMG active body control (ABC)-inc: coil spring & electronically controlled hydraulic cylinder w/shock absorber at each wheel, automatic 4-wheel level control, driver-selectable ride-height control, automatic speed-sensitive lowering
  • P255/35R20 front high performance tires
  • P275/35R20 rear high performance tires
  • 20" x 8.5" front AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 20" x 9.5" rear AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • Pwr 2-piston perforated & vented AMG disc brakes
  • AMG sport exhaust w/quad tailpipes
  • AMG 6.0L SFI SOHC bi-turbo 36-valve V12 engine
  • 5-speed electronically controlled driver-adaptive automatic transmission w/ AMG SpeedShift, Touch Shift
  • Pwr 2-piston front & 1-piston rear AMG perforated & vented disc brakes
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • Anti-lock disc brakes system (ABS) w/brake assist system
    • Driver & front passenger adaptive dual-stage airbags
    • Front/rear side airbags
    • Front/rear side window curtain airbags w/rollover sensor
    • Front passenger occupant classification system
    • PRE-SAFE collision preparedness system
    • 3-point front/rear outboard belts-inc: emergency tensioning device, adaptive force limiter, automatic shoulder belt height-adjusters
    • Rear center automatic shoulder belt height adjustable 3-point seat belt
    • Emergency interior trunk release w/illumination
    • Universal LATCH (lower anchors & tethers for children) system
    • Child safety rear door locks
    • Electronic stability program (ESP)
    • 4-wheel electronic traction system (4-ETS)
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