Buoyed by the recent success of its latest generation of S-Class, Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF.PK) has unveiled its S-Class Coupe, the highly anticipated two-door model that generated much excitement since its initial debut as a concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year. Fortunately, Mercedes didn’t deviate very far from the concept — at all, actually — and the production model promises to be every bit as exciting as observers were led to believe.
The sleek and flowing coupe is meant to mark the end of the CL Class Coupe, the company’s large, two-door grand touring car that commands a price of nearly $120,000 at base. The S-Class brings Mercedes’ new design language to the segment, with rounded, graceful lines, new headlight design, and the now range-wide grille design that’s found on the smaller CLA Class on up.
The car will be hitting Mercedes-Benz dealerships later this year, and to begin, American buyers will only have access to the S550 Coupe, with Mercedes’ 4MATIC all-wheel drive powered by a 4.7-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 that’s good for 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. That’s decidedly quite impressive for a base-level model.
“The breathtaking design of the Concept S-Class Coupe marked by sporty-classic proportions and sensual purity is transferred to the series-production S-Class Coupe virtually unaltered. The large coupe has always been the supreme pinnacle of our model range and that’s why it’s now called the ‘S-Class’ again,” said Ola Källenius of the board of management, sales, and marketing for Mercedes.
On the outside, Mercedes did an impeccable job of making the new coupe look aggressive yet refined, without leaning too heavily in either direction. The shape is gentle but still muscular and in no way suggestive that the car prides itself solely on interior comforts.
On that topic, the S-Class Coupe — as one would expect — doesn’t fall short of decadent. It almost perfectly mirrors the interior from the S-Class sedan, which is easily one of the nicest in its class; it does have some extra metal trim bits and Bengal Red leather as an option, as well as a heads-up display, if the buyer so wishes. The panoramic sunroof with Mercedes’ Magic Sky Control is standard, and the touchpad from the S65 AMG is also standard.
“Our new S-Class Coupe is one of the most gorgeous coupes of all time, representing the most radical aesthetic departure from its predecessor,” Gorden Wagener, the vice president of Daimler AG, said in Mercedes-Benz’s press statement. “The sensuous flowing silhouette in interplay with the clear progressive design language forms a perfect symbiosis and expresses our philosophy of sensual purity with pithy precision.”