If you have the means, we highly recommend picking one up.

Sure, Ferris may have spoken those words in reference to a classic Ferrari California – well, actually, a replica of a classic Ferrari – but he could just as easily have been speaking of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG. As we realized the last time we found ourselves ensconced behind the wheel of one, in that case a 2012 S63 model, we compared it to a spacecraft bound for Mars... meaning it ought to handle anything us mere terrestrial beings can throw its way with aplomb.

Naturally, though, Mercedes-Benz can't sit back and rest on its laurels, and since the current model, known internally as the W221, has been on the market since 2006, its no surprise that its replacement has been spotted running around the streets of the Nürburgring.

As you can see above, this AMG-fettled S-Class features a slightly lowered chassis along with side sill extensions, a rear diffuser and a modified front fascia. We also note predictably massive wheels wrapped in wide, sticky rubber. Though this model is missing them, our spy shooters tell us that, by the time this beast makes its way into production, it will sport quad exhaust tips that will exhale the spent gasses emitted by what we presume will be a turbocharged V8 of 5.5 liters.


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      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      this thing is gonna rule. a new s-class has always been a new benchmark..i'm looking forward
      kyle
      • 2 Years Ago
      the S-class has always set the benchmark for an ultra luxury full size sedan. i'm excited to see this one in production. but MB had better continue to product the badass S65 with it's orbit altering V12, and sell it in the states. one day......oh one day i'll own a V12 benz.
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like it. It looks like they only changed the front and the rear and I'm really glad about that because I don't think the current gen looks that bad and Mercedes has been screwing around with some previously good looking models (SL, anyone?).
      BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lame. The M7 will blow this thing out of the water.
        Tina Dang
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
        What M7? The one in your dreams? Last time I checked, all you Bimmer guys had was that B7 or D7 or whatever it is called.
          BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Tina Dang
          Multiple reports are swirling around about an M7, in fact they have a copyright for an M7. Rumors from the Motherland are saying, twin turbo V10 putting down 750hp with KERS
        Antonio K. Piech
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
        yes,just a lame redesign here,hope the interior door panels get soft material and don't feel like a cardboard when you rest your arm in them
      NamorF-Pro
      • 2 Years Ago
      Current one looks better. That looks too old and kinda ugly. I'm being nice here....
        JD Steel
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NamorF-Pro
        Not half as bad as what Honda has been doing lately ;).
      leo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Best car in it's class ..Period.
      ACSRHS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe I'm completely wrong, but it looks like the current generation with an updated face/rear (the windows look the same) and probably a redone interior... I don't expect that from one of the most iconic cars ever made. Every generation, they innovate and redefine what it means to have an S-Class, so I'm hoping I'm wrong about my assumption.
      Carlos Cruz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whats with the VW Jetta SportWagen with ze flags?
        DAC1991
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carlos Cruz
        It's the 2012 European Football Championship. Every country has their own little flags to support their country. In Holland, people drive like this for instance...: http://www.groentje.nl/import/100372.JPG And by the way, in Europe it's called Golf Variant ;-)
        Malhaar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Carlos Cruz
        The European soccer championship is currently going on, so I am guessing the owner is a die hard supporter of Germany lol
      Jonathan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does this new Sclass look like nothing more than an updated Maybach to anyone else or is it just me ?
      David J. Bernstein
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looking good. I think the headlights will look similar to those of the current CL but with more slant and dynamic design.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      As much as I disliked them when it debuted back in 2005, I already miss the fender arches. They made what is essentially a land yacht look somewhat athletic and broke up the slab-sides pretty nicely. The lack of "life" in the sheet metal of this next offering is a little disappointing. However, I do like the slight negative / concave form (look at the door cut here to see the form I'm referring to - http://www.autoblog.com/photos/spy-shots-mercedes-benz-s-class-amg/full/#photo-5101085/ ), but I'd much rather see it a bit more pronounced. However, I do like the fact that I see some CLS in that droopy / arcing beltline.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've never been a fan of luxo-barges and I highly doubt that this next S-class will change my mind. However, I will be interested in seeing how M-B piles on even more unnecessary features in the hopes of justifying its exorbitant price.
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