Mercedes-Benz Malaysia presents the Dream Cars collection
The rides of your life
Two days, five spectacular cars - we were in Langkawi to test drive the cars that make up the 'Dream Cars collection': the new Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupé, and Mercedes-Benz E 250 Coupé, as well as the Mercedes-AMG GT S, Mercedes-AMG C 63, and CLS Coupé.
"The dream cars of Mercedes-Benz are the embodiment that makes our brand fascinating," says Mark Raine, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Passenger Cars, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia. "We've been reinventing the automobile for almost 130 years and with the launch of the Dream Cars collection, we are yet again setting new standards, offering our customers pure performance and the most luxurious cars in Malaysia."
Upon arrival at The Datai, the Dream Cars and their shiny hoods awaited us in a row. There's a car for every different personality here - the AMG C 63 for the young at heart, the AMG S 63 Coupé for the CEO who wants to drive himself, the E 250 Coupé for the girl boss and the AMG GT S, for, well, since we're talking about dream cars, for me.
Boasting a newly developed AMG 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo engine, just the purr of the engine of the AMG GT S had me itching to test it out. Sliding into the racing-style seat of this two-seater with its performance steering wheel outlined in contrasting red topstich with aluminium shift paddles, I felt every bit a racer girl, though lacking the ability (and a straight road) to put the 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds claim to test. Although built with broad shoulders and a long bonnet (the car is just over 4.5m in length) the AMG GT S felt surprisingly compact and easy to drive, responding to the slightest pressure on the pedal and movement on the wheel. Developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG, you can expect superior handling and driving pleasure that's second to none.
"It is the perfect combination of beauty and intelligence," says Raine. "Breathtaking proportions, powerfully sculpted surfaces and flowing lines turn the new AMG into a contemporary sports car which embodies the spirit of the Mercedes sports cars. It is a sports car in its purest form."
My next two personal favourites are cars which might be seen as being from opposite ends of the spectrum - the C 63, stereotypically seen as a 'younger' car with its sporty exterior, and the S 63 Coupé, for the aforementioned self-driving CEO. Don't get me wrong, the S 63 Coupé is essentially a four-seater but with AMG front seats that boast electrical adjustment, memory function, seat heating or cooling (cool air passes through the perforated leather seats for a more comfortable ride), all the fun is definitely in the front seats. Did I also mention the massage function?
Being an S-Class, one might assume that the car would feel heavy but this wasn't the case at all. Mercedes-AMG has implemented the AMG Lightweight Performance strategy, which results in the car being 65kgs lighter while also being more fuel efficient, with increased driving performance. The fact that my car mate was hanging on to the edge of her seat is probably also good indication of the exhilarating ride the S 63 provides (I assure you I'm a safe driver).
The surprise highlight of the trip though, was undoubtedly the introduction to the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, which greeted us on the beach at The Datai. At just over 5.4m long, this is a beast of a car, with the rear passengers benefitting from the increased space - read: lounge-style seats that can be adjusted separately, kitted out with massage function for the ultimate in comfort. The seats recline to a backrest angle of 43.5 degrees and also feature calf support that's adjustable in length and angle, along with head restraints that come with additional cushioning - obviously a car you want to be chauffer-driven in. With two tables, thermo cup holders that keep drinks cool or warm for hours and a panoramic sliding sunroof with optional Magic Sky Control that allows the glass to switch from light to dark at the touch of a bottom, this is definitely the car of dreams. Three-hour road trip? Make that five.