The long history of flagship Mercedes-Benz coupes started with the 1952 300 S, considered a “car for the world’s elite.” The new 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe continues tradition promising classic proportions, modern luxury and state-of-the art tech.
“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 board member Ola Källenius.
The S-Class Coupe carries over a host of other high-tech features from the sedan, such as adaptive cruise control with automatic steering and stop and go pilot, active lane keeping, adaptive high beam with night view, Pre-Safe brake with pedestrian detection, and a collision prevention system that autonomously brakes the car between speeds of 7-105km/h.
The new S coupe has what Benz calls a curve-tilting function, a world first. The car leans into corners in a similar way of a motorcyclist, cutting lateral acceleration. Curve tilting combines with Active Body Control; each suspension strut has hydraulic cylinders adjusting the force in each strut individually.
With three modes drawing on suspension movement, vehicle speed, and a stereo camera system, the car anticipates the curvature of the road ahead, leaning the car up to 2.5 degrees through a curve. The curve tilting system is active at speeds from 19 to 112 mph.
The two-door S-Class will initially launch in S500 Coupe specification, powered by a 335kW/700Nm 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. The enhanced engine gains 15kW and a whopping 170Nm over its predecessor, and while the German manufacturer is yet to make performance claims, it’s expected to improve markedly on the old car’s 5.4-second 0-100km/h sprint and 11.1 liters per 100km combined cycle fuel consumption rating, says CarAdvice.
Among the car’s surprises are LED headlights, which can be optionally ornamented with 47 Swarovski crystals. Although, it’s not the first time Mercedes features Swarovski crystals, as a few year ago custom car company Garson/D.A.D showed off Mercedes-Benz SL 600 adorned with 300,000 Swarovski crystals.
The interior comes almost directly from the S-Class sedan, with sporty additions like additional metal trim and optional Bengal Red leather interior. The two-spoke steering wheel of the sedan makes way for a more conventional three-spoke ‘super sport’ wheel.
The dash presents the same massive dual-LCD instrument panel/center display combination, but comes off lighter and more compact, while still offering the same array of equipment and features. The center console is kept simple, the button count low, with many of the controls located on the door panels, as the brand loves to do.
The touchpad for entering data into the infotainment system from the S65 AMG is standard, and its head-up display is optional. A standard panoramic sunroof exposes two-thirds of the interior and uses Mercedes’ Magic Sky Control technology to switch from transparent to opaque at the touch of a button.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe will be unveiled to the world at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show before arriving in the U.S. as the S550 4Matic this fall. Mercedes has not revealed pricing for the S-Class Coupe yet, but the sedan version starts for $92,000. So the buyers have to be absolutely sure before making the purchase.