Love at first sight!
Like any Bollywood movie would have it, it was love at first sight, although my heart was with the 7! The older S never had appeal to me, nor had the presence on road. The 2010 model was a game changer! Its smooth lines along with its majestic grill make it a couplet on wheels! As with young Entrepreneurs and Heads of state alike, this 17 feet artwork stole my heart!
My ex-love The 7 Series, definitely has an edge over my current love in performance. The engine is livelier, and the performance is great. But the S has more control, and the steering is less ‘sticky’. She moves with my every fleeting thought. City driving as well as the long drives are the same with her. The power to weight ratio is just perfect.
With three drive modes, there is driving pleasure for all! The paddle shift with sport mode on is as good as a stick shift; with the V6 giving the required punch when overtaking at over 150 kph doesn’t feel all that heavy. The 7G-Tronic transmission coupled with the rear wheel drive, provides seamless performance. Just sad that I didn’t have the heart to drift her!
When I step into the luxurious interiors and close the door behind me, I feel as though I am isolated from the world. The cabin is sealed perfectly. Even at a relatively higher speeds on rough surfaces, the road noise is almost nonexistent.
The seating is much more comfortable than the A8. Especially with the seat adjustment controls on the door, it makes life easier. The extra long chassis provides extra long leg room for the passengers both at the front and at the rear. The Harmon/Kardon sound system is definitely an improvement to the previous systems! The suspension and braking complement each other. Auto height adjust that varies ground clearance depending on the surface, load and tyre pressure sensors, makes it like travelling on a flying carpet!!
The S follows the standard safety measures and precautions of its class. With drive assist feature, warning the driver to take a coffee break when I am tired is the icing on the cake!! The multimedia console is more user friendly than the iDrive from the Beemer. With multiple screen flow nearly absent, it’s like one single window. And the instrument cluster is a sight for sore eyes. With hundreds of permutations and combinations to select from, this makes her the Queen of her segment.
Like poets say, love can’t be seen nor heard, but can only be experienced. So go to the nearest Merc dealer and experience love.
– Authored by RD