Giving up the keys to my loaner S550 was like finishing a five-star meal. I’d experienced sheer perfection for such a short period of time that everything else felt like a letdown.
The S550 defied expectations of sluggishness or impracticality by excelling in every category. Stuttgart’s flagship proved fast, roomy, exceedingly comfortable, surprisingly agile, and staggeringly beautiful. Clever aerodynamics mean you can take this handsome beast on the highway, top down, without emerging with the hair of Frankenstein’s bride.
$161,000 is a hefty investment, but the S550 is the rare ultra-luxury ride that truly justifies its price.