There will undoubtedly be AMG-tuned versions, but for now U.S. shoppers can choose between a 429-hp turbo- and supercharged 3.0-liter inline-six in the S500 and a 496-hp twin-turbo V-8 in the S580. Both are equipped with 4Matic all-wheel drive. Under foot, the 496-hp V-8 seemed a bit sluggish at first, but then we hit the Dynamic button on the large central display. The darn thing was set to Eco mode, which attenuates your most immature wants with gas-saving reluctance. We skipped over the other options and went straight to Sport Plus, which lowers the body height 0.7 inch, increases steering effort, alters shift points, spruces up the engine response with a livelier throttle map, and engages a less intrusive stability-control program. A 48-volt electric motor eliminates delivery delay of those abundant horses, contributing as much as 184 lb-ft of torque to the 516-lb-ft peak as well as 21 extra horsepower for short bursts. We liked Sport Plus, and the change revealed the sports sedan hiding in this sedate cruiser. Let it rip and 60 mph comes up in 3.9 seconds, with the quarter-mile passing in 12.5 seconds at 114 mph. Like the last two generations of the S-class, the seat bolsters get into the act by inflating and deflating to counteract cornering forces, a reassuring “I got you” from the car if you choose to engage the dynamic seat mode.
Taking the S580 to the next level, GoBlackStar decided a set of 22″ wheels would do it justice. Equipped with a set of the 22×9.0 | 22×10.5 HS1 Targa Series, this slammed S580 comes full circle with the HS1’s busy design to match its elegant looks. The Firecracker Black (Gloss) finish sets the cherry on top contrasting the white color of the S580. Let us know your thoughts on this setup!
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- VehicleWhite Mercedes Benz S580
- Wheel Style / Config.Brixton Forged HS1 Targa Series
- Wheel FinishFirecracker Black (Gloss)
- Wheel SizeFront: 22" / Rear: 22"
Tags: Mercedes, Mercedes-Benz, AMG, S580, HS1, Forged Monoblock