The S500 Coupé came top of the class in its exams, but how does it compare to these toys on the playing field?
ASTON MARTIN RAPIDE S Not strictly a coupé, but its lines, lap times and legroom beat the Mercedes. Since it’s been fitted with the Vanquish’s six-litre V12, it’s proven to be Rapide-er than ever. BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT V8 S The Mercedes is an iron fist in a velvet glove, while the Conti doesn’t bother with gloves. It’s a bruiser partial to tweed, game shoots and bloody noses. BMW M6 COUPÉ The Merc’s countryman comes with more aggressive styling and faster acceleration, but without the Active Curve Tilting and Magic Body Control it feels like a school dropout. LOCKHEED MARTIN F-22 RAPTOR The S500 isn’t the only tactical stealth fighter here—though at US$150 million, the Raptor is only for serious collectors. Plus, it’s a bugger to park.