The S-Class is fitted as standard with the 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission developed by Mercedes-Benz (not available for the S 600 or S 65 AMG). The seven gears make for smaller shifts in engine speed – which means that you’ll hardly notice the gear changes. Having seven gears also reduces the average engine speed, saving up to 0.7 litres of fuel per 100 km. 7G-TRONIC is operated using the selector lever of the DIRECT SELECT transmission, which is located next to the steering wheel.
With the set-up switch you can choose between three modes: Comfort, Sport and Manual. In Manual mode you shift gears using the DIRECT SELECT buttons on the steering wheel. In Comfort mode the gears are shifted earlier and the suspension has a more comfortable setting. Sport mode permits a more dynamic suspension setting and lets you take each gear up to maximum revs.
The S 600 and S 65 AMG are fitted as standard with a 5-speed automatic transmission. It operates with electronic transmission management, which adjusts the transmission ratio to your driving situation. This allows a sporty driving style with reduced consumption. The gearshift buttons on the left and right behind the steering wheel can be used to shift up or down manually.