Popular Nigerian songwriter, instrumentalist, musician and entertainer, Harrison Tare Okiri, popularly known as Harrisong, is one of the artistes who rose from grass to grace in Nigeria’s entertainment industry.
With his hit singles, ranging from ‘Nelson Mandela’ to ‘Better Pikin’ and ‘Reggae Blues’, among others, the multiple award winner has become a darling of many lovers of Nigerian music, especially his stage performance skills.
Couple of months ago, the 36-year-old, who used to drive Toyota Camry and then Hummer sport utility vehicle, bought himself a bullet-proof Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which has a semblance of the 2008 model. He took to his Instagram page to share the news.
When it comes to large luxury sedans, few convey as much grandeur and success as the 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. For decades, the Mercedes flagship has been the quintessential premium sedan for well-to-do, high-ranking executives and celebrities who seek the finest automobile money can buy without seeking out models from Bentley, Maybach or Rolls-Royce.
Thus, for those desiring a large ultra luxury sedan that has everything and can do everything, the S-Class is the benchmark.
If the 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class could be summed up in three words, they would be power, elegance and technology.
Remarkably, in spite of its size, it feels surprisingly agile; its handling and acceleration are akin to that of a sports car, with precision engineering, groundbreaking technologies and an interior fit for dignitaries and celebrities.
There are currently five trim levels available on the flagship 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class luxury sedan: the S550, the all-wheel-drive S550 4Matic; the V12-powered S600, the high-performance S63 AMG; and the über-performance S65 AMG.
Standard equipment include 18-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights, adjustable seats, hard-drive-based navigation system, hands-free cell phone communication, Harman Kardon audio system with a six-CD changer and the Mercedes’ Cockpit Management and Data, popularly known as COMAND system, which creates a classy and uncluttered cabin free of the zillions of buttons typical of many luxury cars. Rich leather covers most surfaces, while real wood trim is tastefully applied in an orbit around the cabin, with soothing lights hidden beneath.
Technology like a 20GB hard drive-based navigation system, adaptive seats, Active Body Control suspension technology and Distronic Plus cruise control offer an impressive range of capabilities that set the S-Class apart from the pack.
The COMAND system is much easier to use than before, as there is a larger screen mounted to the right of the instruments. Simple elegance marks the cabin decor, with impeccable materials quality, richly polished woods and soft leather all around.
The optional dynamic multi-contour seats have 11 air chambers that essentially allow you to mould the seat to your body. During aggressive driving, the side bolsters can automatically pump up and down in response to cornering forces to better hold you in place. These seats can also provide a soothing back massage.
Major options on the V8-equipped S-Class cars include ventilated front seats with a massage feature, a keyless entry and start system, the Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control and Night View Assist infrared night vision system.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz S550 is powered a 5.5-litre V8 that makes 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. A standard seven-speed automatic transmission routes power to the rear wheels. The same engine powers the S550 4Matic, while the S63 AMG has a 6.2-litre V8 capable of 518 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, which was recalibrated for faster and firmer shifts.
It may be a stretch to compare the 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class to a tank, but with its state-of-the-art safety systems, it’s one of the closest things to one.
Stability control, eight airbags, including full-length curtains and side rear airbags, and brake assist, which automatically applies full power braking if it senses a panic-stop situation, are all onboard, so is Mercedes’ PreSafe system, a useful bit of technology that can sense an impending crash and automatically tighten up the seatbelts and reposition the power seats for maximum airbag protection.
Active headlights are also standard, while Night Vision Assist uses infrared technology to detect objects far beyond headlight range.
The good: It has an almost unsurpassed luxurious interior, handles like a premium sports sedan despite its large size and it offers extraordinary acceleration.
The bad: Reviewers say its lower trims are expensive even for this class and that the COMAND driver interface is a bit complicated. The only ergonomic flaw is the turn signal stalk, which is located somewhat awkwardly down low and away from the driver.