2014 E550 Mercedes-Benz: White Heat

Photographs: Andrew Yeadon Editor Note: this is the second of eight automobile fantasies of our printed edition in November 2013. I will post fantasies in the coming weeks at automobilemag.com. Look for the issue on newsstands now or download our iPad Edition to read them all. There is no other place on the planet where can I find the combination of natural elements that created this photograph of fantasy. We are in the White Sands National Monument in southern New Mexico, where high mountains, extreme variations in temperature, wind, a high water table and plaster rock formations have created an extension of pure white sand that stretches across a 275-square-mile. Our transport is a 2014 convertible Mercedes-Benz E550, and through his windshield the landscape seems to Alaska in winter. Everything is white. My eyes tell me: “Snow – prepare icy conditions”. I even applied the brakes to test the handle.

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