2021 Mercedes S Class Vs compared to BMW 7 Series Audi A8

2021 Mercedes S-Class Vs. BMW 7-Series Vs. Audi A8

Mercedes recently unveiled the W223 S-Class is the latest competitor in its class for the likes of the BMW 7-Series and the Audi A8. At first glance, it has got the best technology and the latest design, although we still aren't sure that it actually looks better than its predecessor

So will the all-new 2021 S-Class take on the updated BMW 7-Series and its massive gills, or the fourth generation Audi A8? Before you answer that question, let's see how they compare

We have to mention that as far as the US market is concerned, the best 2021 S-Class that you will be able to acquire initially will be the mildly-hybrid S580 4MATIC. This means you will have to wait a little longer to get the AMG powered model, which gives BMW and Audi some of the performance benefits

Mercedes S-Class

The all-new S-Class is the biggest car here, at least on paper. The regular wheelbase model measures 203.9 inches (5,179 mm) in length, 76.9 inches (1,954 mm) in width and 59.2 in (1,503 mm) in height, with a 122.3 inch (3,106 mm) long wheelbase. The LWB variant has a 126.6 inch (3,216 mm) long wheelbase and measures 208.2 inches (5,289 mm) bumper to bumper

Like its two rivals, the 2021 S features hands-off driving capabilities, but it is the only one whose SAE Level 3 tech will be available in Germany starting in the second half of 2021. By comparison, the 7-Series’ Extended Traffic Jam Assistant (SAE Level 2) will allow you to keep your hands off the steering wheel at speeds of up to 35 mph (56 km/h) during urban city driving

Audi was actually first to market with a Level 3 solution in their Traffic Jam Pilot, yet due to legal issues it had to cancel the launch of this feature in the U.S. last year

In the States, Mercedes will initially let you choose between two power units. The first is a 3.0-liter straight-six mild-hybrid turbo with 429 HP (435 PS) and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm) of torque, and the other is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 mild-hybrid with 496 HP (500 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm). The straight-six powers the S 500 4MATIC, while the V8 the S 580 4MATIC. Mercedes hasn’t release any acceleration times for the latter, though it did disclose that the 2021 S 500 4MATIC will get you from zero to 62 mph (96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds

BMW 7-Series from $86,800

BMW’s updated 7-Series stretches all the way from 200.7 inches (5,098 mm) to 207.4 inches (5,268 mm) depending on which wheelbase version you opt for (120.9 inches / 3,070 mm & 126.4 inches / 3,210 mm). It’s also 74.9 inches (1,902 mm) wide and 57.8 inches (1,467 mm) tall

Its U.S. starting price of $86,800 refers to the entry-level 740i variant with rear-wheel drive. However, if you want something that’s more of a match for the 2021 S 500 4MATIC, you’ll want to check out the 2020 745e xDrive ($95,900), a plug-in hybrid with a combined output of 389 HP (394 PS) and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque that’s actually just as quick as the Mercedes to 60 mph. Then there’s the 2020 750i xDrive ($103,000), which packs 523 HP (530 PS), 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque and will hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and should match up nicely with the S 580 4MATIC

We still need to wait for Mercedes’ answer to the M760i xDrive ($157,800) and its 601 HP (610 PS), so if you just want the fastest possible car out of these three, BMW has Mercedes’ number – at least for now

Audi A8 from $85,200

The Audi A8 is 203.6 inches (5,172 mm) long (or 208.7 inches / 5,302 mm in the LWB model), 76.6 inches (1,945 mm) wide, 58.5 inches (1,485 mm) tall and has a 118-inch (2,998 mm) long wheelbase in the regular variant, while the A8 L’s is 123.1 inches (3,128 mm) long

You can only get the long-wheelbase variant in the U.S., starting with the 55 TFSI and its 335 HP (340 PS) 3.0-liter V6 turbo. Next up in the pecking order is the A8 L 60 TFSI plug-in hybrid ($94,000) with a combined 443 HP (450 PS) and 516 lb-ft (700 Nm), followed by the regular A8 L 60 TFSI quattro ($96,800) that’s packing 453 HP (460 PS) and 487 lb-ft (660 Nm) of torque

The latter will hit 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.5 seconds, which isn’t that much quicker than the S 500 4MATIC, at least on paper. You can solve that issue by getting the 2020 S8 ($129,500), whose twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 TFSI produces 563 HP (570 PS) and 590 lb-ft .(800 Nm) for a 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds

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