THE COM­PE­TI­TION

The S500 Coupé came top of the class in its ex­ams, but how does it com­pare to these toys on the play­ing field?

Hong Kong Tatler - - Cars -

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.

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