The year's technology show-off has the world's first camera system that sees the road to adjust the suspension, massaging "hot stone" seats, active cabin perfuming, and night vision that identifies pedestrians. Its 4.7-liter V-8 makes 449 horsepower; two V-12 models may be added later. [S-Class $93,825 (S550)/$96,825 (S550 4Matic); mbusa.com]
The 2014 Adventure Issue
From Iceland's Highway 1 to Utah's Canyonlands, an epic itinerary for modern explorers.
Plus: Building a Bigger Action Hero
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Duke Lacrosse and the Fog of Scandal
How Thailand's Most Notorious Prison Became a Fight Club
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