The Mercedes S-Class lived up to its billing – it’s the first car that can drive itself and is a limo capable of 64mpg.
And the Merc was perfectly in tune as its first passenger was Alicia Keys.
There was even a thunderstorm as the car drove down the runway and into a hangar at the Hamburg HQ of the Airbus A380, in front of the 800 invited VIP quests.
Here’s the full review from the unveiling of the new Mercedes S-Class
These factors justify another Merc claim — that the S-Class is “the safest car on the road”.
And how about this for a ground-breaking development?
It has the first car suspension with “eyes”. It uses camera scanners — dubbed Magic Body Control — to detect bumps on the road ahead.
When it sees one the vehicle then automatically adjusts the dampers and suspension on each wheel to a firmer or softer setting to give a magic carpet ride across potholed surfaces — perfect for UK roads.
You get working desks in the back, plus two DVD screens which can be linked to the web for connectivity, along with a mega-music system, all of which can be operated from an app on your phone.
There’s even a climate control with air balance and an active perfuming system with four different smells to waft around the cabin!
Also, 115 years after cars were first fitted with electric headlamps, the S-Class is the first car since to have virtually NO lightbulbs — although its 500 LEDs mean it won’t leave you in the dark.
The new S-Class is very much the Airbus of motoring.
It’s a trailblazing, advanced trendsetter for business high-fliers when they are on the ground.
Over the years the car has been the best-selling luxury limo.
Alongside its high-spec standards it has always been at the forefront of technology, a winning recipe which has made it the favourite wheels of executives and politicians.
We will have to wait to test drive the S-Class to see if it delivers “the best driving experience”, but no other car can touch it for technological innovations and safety.
Only a Rolls or Bentley challenge it for out-and-out luxury — this is five-star motoring.
On sale in the UK this autumn, the price is yet to be confirmed but expect a range from £65,000 all the way up to £170,000.
A fitting price for a car Mercedes believe to be the best in the world.