Two Interior Features That Make the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class So Good

  • Where do you even put 30 speakers?
  • Behold the seats de résistance.

Many vehicles are coming standard with features and equipment that used to exist only in the domain of luxury cars. But simply adding open-pore wood, brushed metal surfaces and leather-wrapped everything doesn’t make your average family sedan luxurious. True luxury is found in the details, refinement and comfort that the interior bestows upon its occupants.

The redesigned 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class continues this tradition across the board, but two features in particular stand out. Let’s take a look at what sets the optional audio systems apart — and why the seats are probably going to be incredibly comfortable.

Watt Now?

On paper, the base audio system doesn’t seem fitting for a luxury car that starts around $100K since it offers only nine speakers and a mere 125 watts of power. Our experience with standard Mercedes-Benz audio systems suggests that

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BMW iNext electric SUV reveal set for Nov. 11

Is the world ready for another luxury SUV? BMW seems to thinks so as the automaker will soon add to its lineup of high-riding vehicles the much-hyped iNext.

The iNext is a mid-size, battery-electric SUV that will serve as a technological flagship for the BMW brand, with the focus here not only on alternative powertrains but also self-driving capability and next-gen connectivity.

BMW previewed it in 2018 with the Vision iNext concept car, and on Monday confirmed that the reveal will take place on November 11. The market launch won’t take place until sometime in 2021, however. Note, iNext is only a code name, with the vehicle’s actual name rumored to be iX or iX5.

BMW Vision iNext concept

BMW Vision iNext concept

BMW Vision iNext concept

BMW Vision iNext concept

BMW Vision iNext concept

Judging by prototypes, the iNext is similar in size to BMW’s X5. The roofline is lower though, for a more

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The $700K Gunther Werks 400R is an Impossibly Idealized Porsche 911

LOS ANGELES—The kids, as they say, are alright. As much it seems like the now-tapering Luftgekuhlt trend appears to ride on a wave of fresh youth enthusiasm for old leaky Porsches, Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are primarily the ones writing the checks and filling the shows. A good portion of Porsche-minded Gen Z and millennial enthusiasts appear to be more interested in what a Porsche can become, rather than what it offers in its original form. Singer, RWB, RUF, Bisimoto, and Magnus Walker’s brand of hot-rodded 911s are key in unlocking what the future of the Porsche kuhlt will look like as younger fans manage to shake off debt and unemployment and inherit wealth. But for now, it’s mostly aspirational.

Modifying a Porsche 911 of any vintage is hardly a fresh idea, but relative newcomer Gunther Werks has snagged a bit of the zeitgeist with its highly

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