The Mercedes S-Class has been our favourite luxury saloon ever since its launch in 2006. However, an all-new model is imminent, so is the current car still worth buying?
To help persuade you to do just that, Mercedes has launched this run-out AMG Sport Edition, which is available only with the entry-level 3.0-litre diesel engine (badged 350 Bluetec) and in long-wheelbase 'L' form.
Styling tweaks over the standard S-Class include 20-inch AMG alloys, front and rear aprons, sill extensions and painted brake calipers.
Inside, the AMG Sport Edition gets wood trim, a leather-and-wood steering wheel, an electric panoramic sunroof, stainless-steel pedals and AMG mats.
Additional equipment includes a reversing camera, keyless entry and start, a DAB radio, Harman Kardon speakers and a split-view Comand screen that allows the driver to use the sat-nav while a passenger can simultaneously watch a DVD.
What's the 2013 Mercedes S-Class AMG Sport Edition like to drive?
Even riding on 20-inch alloys, the Merc's air suspension does an utterly brilliant job of soaking up imperfections in the road surface.
Such a smooth ride does mean the S-Class isn't especially agile there's often a delay before the car responds to steering inputs followed by lots of body roll through corners but this is a price worth paying in a limo that's main job is to get you where you're going as comfortably as possible.
The 254bhp 3.0-litre diesel engine is also a strong point because it's exceptionally strong and smooth.
Engine noise is all-but absent at a 70mph cruise, while road noise never rises above a muted rumble no matter how fast you go. In fact, aside from a small amount of wind noise on the motorway, the Merc's cabin is eerily quiet.
What's the 2013 Mercedes S-Class AMG Sport Edition like inside?
The AMG Sport Edition is available only in long-wheelbase form, so there's a vast amount of legroom in the back. The pillowy seats make life even more comfortable for rear passengers, while the entire cabin is trimmed in the sort of sumptuous materials befitting of a high-end Mercedes.
There's plenty of room in the front, too, along with seats that are just as comfortable as those in the back.
Many commonly used systems such as the stereo and sat-nav can be accessed through a single rotary dial and viewed on a large colour screen.
This set-up is called Comand, and is similar to Audi's MMI and BMW's iDrive systems. However, the system in the S-Class is starting to feel a little dated; it isn't as intuitive as the systems available in its German rivals.
Should I buy one?
Brilliant though the S-Class undoubtedly still is, we find it hard to recommend you spend 70,000 on a seven-year-old car that's about to be replaced.
However, if you head to Drivethedeal.com, you won't be spending 70,000 you'll be spending 55,410. At that price, the current S-Class is still a seriously tempting proposition.
What Car? says...
Engine size 3.0-litre diesel
Price from 70,005
Torque 457lb ft
0-62mph 7.1 seconds
Top speed 155mph
Fuel economy 45.6mpg