Last year I was invited to Mercedes-Benz World to drive the new G, GL, GLA and ML Class 4×4’s. Being honest, it was only the G350 that excited me, so I wanted to end the day with a bang (not literally!), so I asked what they had that was big ‘n’ fast. Their response was to hand me the key to an S 500 L AMG.
‘That’ll do.’ I thought.
Now I’ve always had a thing for big V8 saloons, over the years I’ve owned an Rover SD1 and a Lexus LS400, more recently I was tempted by a Mercedes CL500, but the cash was ear marked for a new kitchen instead, meh.
It had just started to rain, and the nice folks on hand escorted me to the S500 under an umbrella. I grinned, not because I was being treated like a VIP, but walking up to this huge 4.7ltr V8 monster had just knocked 40 years off me and made me feel like an 7 year old on Christmas morning.
Have you ever driven something that makes you chuckle inside, and when you put your foot down you break out into uncontrollable maniacal laughter? That was me wafting around the leafy suburbs of Surrey in this incredible car.
It has so much equipment that I don’t even know what most of it is, Magic Body Control Suspension for example is something I had to look up. By scanning the road up to 15 metres ahead using a camera at the top of the windscreen, it can prepare the air-suspension to suit the upcoming road surface. This car is in a different league to anything else I’ve ever driven, but with an ‘on the road’ price of £88,130, then include the £35,500 worth extras, you should expect something a bit special.
Unfortunately my brief encounter was soon to end, but Mercedes gave me what I asked for, and more. The combination of the fantastic ride quality, almost zero road noise and the beautifully smooth engine and gearbox makes the S500 an incredibly relaxing way to travel, I so wanted to keep it for my 220 mile, 4 hour journey home.