The new S-class was developed with three engineering goals, "Intelligent Drive", "Efficient Technology" and "Essence of Luxury". The end product is a more luxurious, technologically advanced automobile. One that sets the new standards for what a true luxury car should be. If the regular S-class isn't luxurious enough for you, the German brand has added the ulra-luxury Mercedes-Maybach variant that sits above the long wheelbase S-class Long.Powering the New S-class is a range of new powerplants. The 450 mild-hybrid variants are powered by a 3.0-liter turbo inline-6 gasoline mill which makes 367hp and 500Nm of torque, the 560 variants are powered by a 4.0-liter turbo V8 gasoline unit which produces 469hp and 700Nm of torque. Both powerplants are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.