2018 Mercedes-Benz S450 Review: Six Appeal

– New York, New York

Among the many changes for the refreshed 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class – my colleague Steven Ewing detailed the upgrades earlier this year – is the introduction of a new six-cylinder engine that slots beneath the V8-powered S560. Dubbed S450, the new base powertrain provides a thriftier entrance into S-Class ownership for shoppers. But because it’s wrapped up in such a lovely car, there’s nothing “base” at all about the S450 model. If you’ve got to drive, well, anywhere, the 2018 S-Class makes the journey easy and glamorous.

 

Pros

Smooth, solid six. The new biturbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine is down by 101 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque compared to the V8 in the S560 – so what? This is still an engine that pulls supply and easily from low speeds, doling out its ample 362 hp and 369 lb-ft with a deliberate manner perfectly suited to the luxury sedan’s mission. Yes, that’s plenty of power for S-Class motivation; the engine’s “hot-V” design and low-inertia turbos permit peak torque from a low, low 1,600 rpm. Simply put, this is a superb engine that will ably sate your need for speed.

Are we even in a car? Downtown Manhattan is not a quiet place on a Wednesday morning. But when I slam the doors shut, the inside of the S-Class is almost as quiet as a library. The journey out of the city traverses rough and rutted roads, but few unsettled feelings make their way from roadway to my butt. The refreshed S-Class, just like last year’s car, provides an incred...