2015 Mercedes S550 Coupe: A car, and then some


These days a great car has to be more than just a vehicle. It needs to be bulletproof, stuffed with the latest technology, and, of course, fun to drive. But Mercedes’ new model goes so far over the top that the word “car” itself no longer seems quite adequate.

The Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe, the latest entrant in the company’s flagship S-Class line, doubles as a mobile nightclub, tech center, and concierge. There are seven mood-lighting options, a Burmester 3-D sound system, and “Magic Sky Control”—a glass roof you can electronically switch from opaque to transparent, for stargazing. The Mercedes “mbrace” smartphone app can book concert tickets, then automatically load directions to the venue into the car’s GPS. And more than 100 electric motors power bleeding-edge systems, such as wipers that spray heated fluid from laser-cut holes along each blade. Radar sensors plus a stereoscopic camera in the windshield stop just…

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