That moment when you thought you had closed some chapters, but when duties beckon, you have to stand and put yourself together. When we thought that we would stop reviewing some government officials because their pictures are very difficult to come by, the government press hardly snaps their principals’ vehicles; we are yet to understand the reason behind that. It may interest you to note that Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa is a very private man, he hardly comes into the news, he is a gentleman to the core based on our findings.
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The governor has some other government cars, but it seems this one is close to his heart as he hardly goes out with this car, he is always in Lexus SUV and other SUVs. We took a swipe at the specs of this beast and why it seems virtually all governors are going for this car. The review will interest you.
The Mercedes Benz S-Class full-size luxury sedan has long been the face of class, sophistication, and cutting-edge technology for Mercedes-Benz. The latest S continues the tradition with perhaps the most pampering cabin on the market and enough gadgetry to put technophiles into a state of utter bliss.
Mercedes Benz S-Class Overview
Supple leather, exquisite wood garnishments, and genuine metal trim cover every inch of the S-Class’ interior, creating an air of old-world opulence. Fire it up and bring the electronics to life, however, and it immediately becomes clear that the big sedan has all four wheels firmly planted in the 21st century.
The Mercedes Benz S-Class is the world’s first car to be able to detect and react to bumps thanks to an optional “MAGIC BODY CONTROL” system. This technology uses stereo cameras to scan for imperfections in the road surface ahead and actually prepare the chassis to smooth out any potholes or bumps.
Mercedes has also made the sedan available with the closest thing yet to an autonomous driving system. Known as Distronic Plus with Steering Assist and Stop&Go Pilot, what the setup lacks in terms of catchy branding it more than makes up for with convenience: using the aforementioned cameras and multistage radar sensors, it can read the lines in the road and actually steer and brake the car by itself at lower speeds on relatively straight stretches of road. It’s just the thing for getting through long traffic jams with one’s sanity intact.
Style and Power
Outside, the S-Class combines traditional touches like a formal, upright version of the corporate Mercedes grille with flowing surface detailing borrowed from the automaker’s rakish four-door-sedan models. Notably, the lighting system is comprised entirely of LED units – in fact, there’s not a single incandescent lightbulb to be found inside or outside of the car.
To save weight, each and every exterior panel is made from aluminium, helping to trim weight by roughly 300 lbs. compared to the previous model.
For now, the Mercedes Benz S-Class is offered in two forms Mercedes Benz S550 and Mercedes Benz S600. Hybrid and diesel models will follow later in the production run.
The Mercedes Benz S550 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.7-litre V8 with 455 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque from just 1,800 rpm all the way up to 3,500 rpm. The sedan scoots to 60 mph from a stop in just 4.8 seconds before topping out at a limited 130 mph.
Fuel economy has not been announced, but Mercedes-Benz will include a start/stop system to reduce consumption. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard, as is electromechanical rack-and-pinion steering. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and buyers can order Mercedes’ 4Matic all-wheel-drive system at an extra cost.
Mercedes Benz S-Class Standard and Optional Features
Every S-Class model comes standard with a navigation system, a Burmester AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM stereo system, a panorama sunroof, heated seats, leather upholstery, a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, full LED exterior and interior lighting, a power rear window sunshade, adaptive high beam assist and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Mercedes Benz S-Class Night View Assist Plus
Mercedes engineers managed to improve the S-Class night-vision system with the introduction of Night View Assist PLUS, which is equipped with a special pedestrian detection function. The Pre-Safe braking system has also been improved to reduce injuries in unavoidable crashes. Mercedes says the car can apply maximum braking pressure automatically around 0.6 seconds before what is recognized as an inevitable accident. The system, therefore, acts as something like an “electronic crumple zone,” Mercedes contends.
Mercedes Benz S-Class Occupant Safety
In addition to ABS and ESP stability control, the S-Class boasts nine supplemental restraints including two-stage front airbags, a knee airbag for the driver and pelvic airbags which work together with curtain and side airbags to provide extra protection for front occupants in dangerous side-impact collisions. Rear seatbelt airbags are optional.