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To Japan With Love: The Limited Edition JDM 2015 Mercedes S550 Premium Sports

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On: Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 8:58AM | By: Teddy Field


To Japan With Love: The Limited Edition JDM 2015 Mercedes S550 Premium Sports

Luxury cars are big business in Japan, and the Mercedes S-Class has always been a strong seller there. To celebrate its success in the JDM (Japan Domestic Market), Mercedes has created a $170,000 (¥18.1 million) special edition called the S550 Premium Sports. It doesn’t have a bunch of gaudy Abu Dhabi garnish, yet it still manages to be imposing. So let’s see what Japanese customers will be getting for their extra yen.

The 2015 Mercedes S550 Premium Sports is an opulent limo, fit for... an Emperor. To create this limited edition, MB basically threw the options catalog at a long-wheelbase S550. Here’s what stuck: The outside gets standard add-ons like the 20-inch wheels and distinctive front and rear bumpers from the AMG Sport Package. Color choices for the S550 Premium Sports are limited to Obsidian Black or White Diamond. Since most Japanese luxury car buyers tend to be rather conservative, Mercedes gave this special S-Class an elegantly understated look. But this car is freakin’ huge, so it still exudes presence.

The inside is less restrained, and features lots of decadent trim. All of the heated/cooled/massaging thrones are covered in quilted Nappa leather. The included ‘Chauffeur Package’ adds heated armrests, rear seat entertainment, and the right-side throne gets a footrest that extends when the seat is reclined. Plus, the entire cabin (and steering wheel) is trimmed with unique silver-toned designo Ash Wood. The outside of the 2015 Mercedes S550 Premium Sports might not scream “I’m riiiich!”, but the inside sure does.

The 2015 Mercedes S550 Premium Sports gets the standard twin-turbo 4.7L V8, which belts out 455hp, and launches this massive ego massager to 62 mph in 4.8 seconds. Just 200 of these JDM-only limos will be built, and it costs about $75k more than a standard S550.

Just think, if the 2015 Mercedes S550 Premium Sports was sold in Dubai, it would have gold-plated wheels, orange paint with real gold flake, that huge 3-point star grille, and the fancy wood dash would be encrusted with jewels.


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