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The flagship S-Class continues atop Mercedes' sedan line for 2006 while an all-new model is readied for introduction during 2006 as a 2007 model. The S430 comes powered by a 275-horsepower, 4.3-liter V-8 engine, while the S500 offers a 302-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8; both are mated to a seven-speed automatic gearbox in rear-drive versions, or a five-speed automatic with 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Meanwhile, a 5.5-liter, supercharged V-8 in the S55 AMG variant and the 5.7-liter V-12 in the S500 both generate 493 horsepower (though the latter offers added low-end torque). Not quick enough? A new S65 AMG model provides even more muscle with its 604-horsepower V-12 that promises a 0-60 mph time of just 4.2 seconds. A laundry list of standard features includes four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, front- and rear-side and side-curtain airbags, Automatic Slip Control, Electronic Stability Program, and an adaptive suspension. For 2006, the otherwise optional Keyless Go entry/starter system, heated steering wheel, electronic trunk closer, and rear side blinds are newly standard on the S600. Also new for '06, the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system becomes a no-cost option on S430 and S500 models, while the AMG sport package becomes a no-cost option on the rear-drive versions of those models. Also to be added during 2006 is an available interface that allows an Apple iPod MP3 player to be operated via the car's audio system.
2007 Mercedes-Benz S-Class by Marty Padgett
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