For years, the Mercedes-Benz S-class has been the pinnacle of luxury sedans. Long wheelbases, powerful engines and immense interior options have seen the S-class rise above others competing under the black, orange and yellow. It’s been mentioned in countless rap songs and used to stunt on other celebrities across the world.
In 1972, Mercedes began its luxury reign with its first iteration of the S-class. Long bodied and sleek, the car’s styling still tickles the fancy of car enthusiasts today. A$AP Rocky was even seen posing with the early model for Mercedes USA. The black 1972 S-class sat menacingly as Rocky stood through on the roof, matching the gaze of the ominous, iridescent headlights.
The line has seen itself grow and prosper, progressively moving into high-powered, two-seater coupes which we caught Ye and Virgil Abloh riding in 2011. The $1.7 million dollar Stirling Moss SLR is one of Mercedes’s most limited and coveted releases of the past decade or so. Ye opted for his one of 75 released SLRs to be painted with selenite grey and be completed with sporty red seats. Standard practice in S-class models.
Coincidentally, both rappers have been caught mentioning Mercedes throughout their rap tenure. The world wide web consists of list after list, detailing all of the times Ye has shown an affinity for his Benz. Rocky and Kendrick Lamar mentioned their love for Benz’ when they also mentioned that have one specific, f*ckin problem.
And the subcultural love for the S-class doesn’t stop in the music medium. Retro S-class vehicles have been used across decades worth of film. In American Gigolo, Richard Gere sets the tone for his sex-driven lifestyle with his 450 SL driven with the top down. In more recent history, Zack Galifinakis, unfortunately, watched a giraffe get decapitated in the back of the borrowed-from-his-father-in-law 1965 220 SE.
Now in 2022, the base S-class sedan has a price tag of $111,100. Most likely, this figure is out of the price range for people looking to roll in style. However, what if I told you that you could drive a smaller, more eco-friendly version of this car and still maintain the luxurious interior that you may find in the S63 AMG and even Maybach? Better yet, you could receive the same perks, options and technology as your favourite S-class driving rappers?
Enter the 2022 Mercedes C-class. Starting at just $44,600, the C-class sedan is powered by a four-cylinder, 2-litre twin-turbo with a 48-volt hybrid battery system. This hybrid produces 255 horsepower and with the battery system activated, an additional 20 horsepower will reach the rear wheels, allowing you to travel 0-60 mph in merely 5.9 seconds.
The whip comes in three different trims, with each adding more and more technologically advanced assets. First is Premium, then Exclusive and finally Pinnacle which encapsulates everything Mercedes stands for. The base model comes with a large infotainment system, digital gauges, heated front seats, car play and a sunroof.
Then, the first step up offers a 360-degree camera, self-parking, wireless smartphone charging and a premium Burmester speaker system so you can sing all of the Maybach-related rap bar for bar.
However, your C-class really becomes an S-class with the pinnacle trim package. Ambient lighting and illuminated door sills can be customized to set the mood when driving at night. Not to mention the addition of a heads-up display for those who can’t spare the extra second to look down and check their gauges.
From Ye and Jay-Z to Drake and Future, S-class cars have been the representation of comfortable luxury for years. Rappers have been seen posting videos to their social media in the backseat of Maybach’s longer than we could even trace.
Tion Wayne even told us in 2020 that “She like the S-Class or the E-Class, not the C-Class.” Unfortunately Tion, I would have to disagree.
This Mercedes hybrid offers young drivers the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint while still sitting in the same comfortable interior that you would have to pay two times more to experience. The technology is the same, the seats and steering wheel are too close to call, and the body is long enough to cause confusion in pedestrians standing by.
Mercedes is also giving drivers the chance to experience luxury and comfort while still maintaining the sporty, mid-sized look which is comparable to the BMW 3-series and Audi A4.
The 2022 Mercedes C-class is set to roll onto North American lots this Spring. Mark your calendar and freeze your spending, you now have the chance to roll with the big dogs.
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