What am I looking at?
Mercedes’ newest assault on the prestige sector, dubbed “S-Class Coupe”.
So what’s new?
In essence this is the same car as the S-Class, only with two fewer doors.
That’s admittedly quite a cold description. The S-Class Coupe’s body is absolutely stunning and it comes with all the next-generation technology of the S-Class, but ultimately it’s a two door version of the S-Class.
What powers it?
There’s only one model at the moment, pending Mercedes’ showing at Geneva. That’s the S500, powered by the same 4.7 litre V8 biturbo engine forund in the S500 saloon – good for 455hp and 516lbfft of torque. Performance and economy figures aren’t available at present.
The saloon S-Class range currently has a wide variety of engines, with 4, 6, 8 and 12 cylinder models all available. It’s not unreasonable to expect some of these engines to filter into the Coupe, but sporting pretensions mean it’s more likely we’ll see predominantly V8s (like the S63 AMG) and V12s (as in the S600) in the future – in much the same way as the CL-Class it will replace.
How much will it cost me?
Although the S500 Coupe is clearly advanced enough to be production ready it’s still officially a concept and this means no trim or pricing structures have been made available. If the car makes it to market in present form, you can expect it to be similar in price to the current CL500 at 95,000.
S-Classes being S-Classes, the Coupe is swamped with technology to make the experience of simply being in the car amongst the best in the world. Naturally the Coupe uses the same Magic Body Control system, which predicts the road ahead and adjusts the suspension to compensate, but it has been updated to include curve tilt. The car will lean into bends, at angles of up to 2.5 degrees, in order to reduce lateral acceleration on occupants.
If it’s outright sportiness you want, the Aston Martin DB9 is a better alternative – so long as you don’t need to put anyone over 8 years old in those joke rear seats. For the more expensive versions, the Bentley Continental GT is a serious contender.
However it may be from in-house that the S-Class Coupe’s biggest rivals come. The S-Class saloon itself is chief amongst them, simply due to being better suited for being chaffeured around in, while the SL-Class provides both coupe and cabriolet credentials.
In a line…
Great looks, peerless tech, sublime ride – but what’s it for?