As the flagship Mercedes-Benz sedan, the S-Class is designed to compete with the best in the world. Because of its base-level affordability, it is often overlooked for exotic cars such as the Rolls Royce Ghost. The 2016 Mercedes-AMG S65 and the 2016 Rolls Royce Ghost are actually very similar cars with a few key differences. These differences pertain to the performance, luxury, and overall value of the two iconic automobiles.
On the outside, both the S-Class and the Ghost scream elegance. From the boxy grilles to the aggressive sound of the twin turbo V12s under the hood, your mind immediately thinks of a quarter of a million dollars when you look at one. Physically, the Ghost is a few inches larger than the S-Class in almost every direction. This extra volume gives the Ghost a lot of stability and interior cargo space, but it hurts the car in terms of performance and efficiency because it also means extra weight.
When you purchase a Mercedes-AMG vehicle, you get much more than just a vehicle. You get an engine that carries the soul of the engineer that put it together by hand in Stuttgart. You join a club of S-Class owners around the world that wouldn't think about driving a Rolls Royce because the S-Class provides more for less. The S-Class has a sticker price that is more than $60,000 south of that of the Ghost. This may be of no surprise until you hear that the S-Class also has more horsepower and more torque with a smaller engine. The two luxury cars are both powered by twin turbos, but with AMG, you get a promise that you will get the best every time you put your foot down. If you are interested in learning more about the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, come to Mercedes-Benz of Arrowhead to take one for a test drive!