2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe First Look
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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe concept wowed audiences with its curvaceous shape at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, so much so that the German automaker decided it didn't need to change much on the production version. The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 coupe will offer all the luxurious features we love from the S-Class sedan in a sleek, big-coupe body when it arrives this fall.
Mercedes says the proportions of the concept transferred to the production model "virtually unaltered," so if you're getting déjà vu looking at the photos, it's because we pretty much saw this car in Frankfurt. Like the concept, the production S-Class coupe features a low greenhouse, stretched roofline, and high beltline. The coupe's wheelbase is reduced considerably compared to the S-Class sedan, shrinking from 124.6 inches to 116 inches. As a result, the two-door is 8.5 inches shorter overall, with width remaining roughly the same at 75 inches. Thanks to its low, raked roofline, the S-Class coupe is also 2.7 inches shorter in height compared to the four-door.
The diamond grille first seen on the CLA and then on the S-Class coupe concept makes its way to the production S550 coupe. Flanking that grille are standard LED headlights, and if you're one of the first customers to purchase an S-Class coupe at launch, you'll get the Edition 1 special model with 47 Swarovski crystals embedded in the headlight housings. A standard panoramic glass roof covers two-thirds of the entire roof, and can dim at the push of a button with Magic Sky Control.
Like the S550 sedan, the coupe model is powered by a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 making 449 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the sedan, however, the two-door S550 will only be available with 4Matic all-wheel drive in the U.S. The exhaust system features pneumatic flaps in the rear silencer, which can open for a deeper sound from the dual rectangular exhaust tips. As on the sedan, a stereo camera is used to scan the road ahead so that the Active Body Control suspension can be adjusted accordingly. A new curve tilting feature allows the S-Class coupe to lean into like a motorcyclist or skier would. Mercedes says this feature isn't intended to aid high-speed cornering, but rather to enhance the driving experience on twisty roads. The curve tilting function is one of the Active Body Control system's three selectable modes, and works at speeds ranging from 19 mph to 112 mph. The S-Class coupe also gets all the advanced safety features you'd expect of a flagship model, including Pre-Safe automatic braking with pedestrian detection, Distronic Plus distance control and Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive High-Beam Assist, and an infrared camera with Night View Assist Plus.
"If you're one of the first customers to purchase an S-Class coupe, you'll get the Edition 1 special model with 47 Swarovski crystals embedded in the headlight"
The S-Class coupe's interior may have changed the most from the concept, as the streamlined center console has been replaced with a wide piece closer in appearance to that of the S-Class sedan. The door panels no longer feature a wave pattern, and the power seat controls that were integrated into the door-mounted speaker on the concept are now separated. Other than that, the cabin hasn't changed much. The dashboard is divided into two distinct layers, made possible by moving the passenger front airbag to a new location. Mercedes says this makes the central wide-screen TFT display look like it's "hovering" in front of the top layer of the dash. A touchpad interface is standard, and functions just like the unit offered in the S-Class sedan.
The cabin is upholstered in the "finest materials," Mercedes claims, and can be made even plusher with Exclusive diamond-stitched Designo nappa leather. New interior colors are available with the S-Class coupe, including Bengal red, saddle brown, and porcelain. A Burmester surround sound audio system comes standard, but a High-End 3D surround sound system from Burmester is also available. Also available is a full-color LED head-up display, which projects information into the driver's field of view. A light sensor in the roof detects how much light is in the cabin and automatically adjusts the brightness of the display. The Air-Balance package introduced on the S-Class sedan comes standard on the coupe, and can ionize the air out of the HVAC system or subtly pump in perfume.
We're big fans of the S-Class sedan, and if the coupe version can deliver all of that model's advanced features and lavishness while looking this hot, Mercedes may be the one to beat in the big luxury coupe game.