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$100,000 Mercedes-Benz Sedan Drives Itself

By Jason H. Harper - 2013-07-22T15:32:13Z

Photograph by Mercedes-Benz USA via Bloomberg

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S550 at a Glance

Engine: 4.6-liter V-8 with 455 horsepower and 516 pound- feet of torque.

Transmission: Seven-speed automatic.

Speed: 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds.

Gas mileage per gallon: 17 city, 27 highway (estimated).

Price as tested: $145,000 (estimated).

Best feature: Passive safety systems.

Worst feature: Synthetic driving experience.

Target buyer: The rear-seat CEO who doesn’t entirely trust

his driver.

(Jason H. Harper writes about autos for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. The opinions expressed are his own.)

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