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Rest and ride A hotel is, as stated so simply in the dictionary, “a domicile with a certain level of comfort, in which guests can stay overnight and are catered for.” That’s correct and hardly surprising. Yet anyone who checks into select accommodation in the Kempinski hotel chain can expect much more than just a bed and a banquet: namely, a Mercedes-AMG GT S for a test drive. Up to two days. That should be enough for a very special tour. “I’ve driven a Daimler since 1969. My first car started to shudder at 170 km/h on the motorway,” recounts Wolfgang Kownatziki. “When I see this engine, my heart swells. That is German precision craftsmanship.” Kownatziki, born in 1937 in Berlin, stands in front of the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, a stone’s throw from the Brandenburg Gate, and contemplates the engine of Mercedes-AMG GT S. Engraved on the block is the signature of designer Kai Schulz: At Mercedes-AMG, “One Man – One Engine” is much more than just a casual-sounding slogan – it’s a very fundamental part of the company’s philosophy. The most famous result of such individual handiwork is that majestic rumble coming from the engine hood, which casts its spell over not only AMG fans but also, for example, a group of Asian women, who are now lining up like hyperactive teenagers next to Kownatziki and the AMG GT S for a photo. The ladies would, of course, like to try sitting in it, shoot a few selfies – but unfortunately that’s not going to happen. Furthermore, we have something planned, and merely standing around bores a Mercedes-AMG GT S at least as much as its driver. A ride in the super sports car is reserved on this day for the Adlon guests, who—as well as guests in the Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich and Hotel Kempinski Berchtesgaden—can book a test drive. In addition to the GT S, the GLS 63 4MATIC and the Mercedes-AMG S 63 sedan are also ready to transfer you to the theater, to a business meeting or for cruising. Kempinski hospitality and Mercedes-AMG versatility – what a combination! Mercedes-AMG and Kempinski – both are passionate and exclusive. Reason enough for a partnership. In the future, guests of three Kempinski hotels Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski Munich, Kempinski Hotel Bertechsgaden and Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin-may choose between the GLS 63 AMG 4MATIC and the S 63 AMG sedan for a transfer service. And a test drive in the AMG GT S can be booked to provide a true adventure experience. 31


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