It was officially revealed as a concept in Frankfurt, I saw it hidden off to the side in Detroit, and now we have the first production photo of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe! I want it.
The featured image up above is the S-Class coupe concept.
While BMW gets sillier and more redundant with its lineup (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, AND 7 series? Seriously?), Mercedes-Benz seems to be trimming the fat and straightening theirs up. The S-Class coupe will replace the former CL-class coupe, which started at $116,000. As you might have guessed, the S-coupe is basically a two-door variant of their range-topping S-class sedan. We can expect it to come with the same engines – and that’s not a bad thing. The bi-turbo V8 in the S-class packs 449 horsepower and a whopping 516 ft. lbs. of torque. Expect AMG versions down the pipeline to pack significantly more, and perhaps and S-Class coupe Black Series? Oh the joy. Sign me up.
When I visited Detroit for the auto show last month, the S-Class coupe was there. It was neglected, frankly. Sitting off in the corner up against a wall with some minor barrier around it, like it were just a part of a bank queue.
But damn, what a good looking design! I have a soft spot for true full-size automobiles. There aren’t enough of them anymore amongst our sea of Prii, Cruzes, Fits, Yarises, and Versas. Once, these large and majestic cars dominated American roadways, but now fuel prices have people so worried about spending (when we don’t have it that bad at all, compared to the rest of the world) that these cars have just become the maligned poster children of waste and excess.
To hell with that. This is a Mercedes-Benz, and it’s proud of it. From the prominent tri-star grille all the way back down the sides and its swooping body lines, this car wants you to look at it – and look I did. The wheels are spectacular. The rear end finds a perfect balance between class and subtlety.
But then there’s the interior. Oh my lord. Unfortunately, like I mentioned before, you couldn’t get to the driver’s side to get any really good photos, but what I saw was enough. The black leather door panels and dashboard looked amazing, especially with the two tone white leather that was on the seats, center console, and dash face. The accent trim was this glorious looking silver finish. The whole thing screamed opulent. The dashboard was dominated by a very large LCD screen, which I assume to be a touch screen, because it looks large enough to contain both instruments and infotainment .
If I had any gripe about the interior at all, the instrument panel screen would be it. It appears centered, like a cheap Toyota or a Mini Cooper, and I’m not really a fan. You don’t exactly need your passengers to be able to see how fast you’re going. Then again, if you’re buying an S-Class coupe, are you really buying it for the passengers, or for yourself?
The official photo released by Mercedes-Benz, courtesy of autoflou.at, shows a slightly tweaked version of the car from the concept up above. The body lines are sharper and crisper, and to me that really wakes the whole design up. The headlights are slightly more recessed, giving more prominence to the grille, and thankfully the power bulge on the hood remains.
What do you think of the new German super coupe? Personally, I look forward to seeing these on the roads, but more so, I look forward to seeing what Mercedes AMG can do to this car.