What am I looking at?
So what’s new?
Since we first caught a glimpse of the car before the Geneva Motor Show this year, Mercedes has been doing all the due diligence behind the scenes to bring it to market. We’ve now got a full list of UK launch engines, trims and packages ahead of the car’s first venture out of showrooms this September.
What powers it?
The launch line-up consists of two engines, with a third to join the range in early 2015 and they’ll be familiar to Mercedes-Benz followers.
The ‘basic’ engine will miss the launch, but it’s a 449hp, 4.7-litre V8, and it’ll power the ‘entry level’ S500 AMG Line when it becomes available. Until then options are limited to the two AMG offerings, with the S63 AMG driven by a 557hp, 5.5-litre V8 and the top dog S65 AMG using a 6.0-litre V12 that shovels out 621hp and 737lb/ft of torque.
If these engines sound familiar, that’s because the regular S-Class saloon also uses them and they’re rated at the same emissions and fuel economy in this application too – 32.8mpg combined for the S65, 35.8mpg combined for the S63. Considering the base model has a 4.7-litre engine, we wouldn’t expect to get too close to those claimed consumption figures if we were you.
Each model is effectively a single-specification standard; there aren’t any trim levels to choose from. The S500 will come with Active Parking Assist with a reversing camera, a expansive panoramic roof, a colossal 12.3-inch display, the Magic Vision Control system, COMAND Online and a choice of nine metallic paint options.
The S63 adds a Seat Comfort Package, Magic Body Control and thumping a Burmester surround sound system with 13 speakers. Meanwhile the S65 gets a heads-up display that’ll appear to float speed and other information outside the windscreen, a TV Tuner, a 360 camera, and Night View Assist on top of that.
There are options packs available to enhance things too. Exterior carbonfibre trinkets are available for around £5,000, while you can specify your S500 with some of the kit from the higher models for a similar sum.
How much will it cost me?
When it’s available in 2015, the S500 AMG Line will be the cheapest option at £96,565. Until then, the S63 AMG is the entry level car at £124,715, while the V12 S65 is an eye-watering £183,065 – that’s around £3-4,000 more than the equivalent S-Class.
Until BMW or Audi comes up with coupe versions of the 7-series and A8, probably not – and even they’d only be scratching at the bottom end of the market. You’re looking at big-power, wafty coupes like the Bentley Continental GT and Rolls Royce Wraith, rather than outright sports coupes – but there’s the risk that for proper cruising, the regular S-Class is better and roomier..
Other than that… a helicopter maybe?
In a line…
We still don’t know what it’s for, but with this much style who needs purpose?