I think Mercedes should stick with the RC steering. I don't know where people are getting the idea that r&p is better. The first thing I noticed about my 86 420SEL when I took the test drive was how smooth the steering was at low speed and how responsive it was at high speed. I've never been in a car that handled so well. As far as comparing Mercedes to BMW, I think its apples and oranges. Some people, especially those unfortunate enough to have never owned one (these guys who write for car and driver and have fors escorts as thier daily drivers) tend to lump all luxury cars into one category. I don't think Mercedes and BMW have any models you could compare head to head or dollar for dollar. They both make different cars for different driving styles. One is not better than the other. Each has its place.