Mercedes-Benz have released the first official pictures and spec details of the new S-Class Coupé, ahead of its public debut at next month’s Geneva International Motor Show.
At this stage, Benz have only confirmed a single engine for the S500 Coupé: a 4663cc, 4.6-litre V8 biturbo unit, with max output of 335kW and 700Nm. But the real headline feature on this high-tech two-door is its world-first active curve titling function. This nifty technology uses a transversal accelerator sensor and a windscreen-mounted stereo camera to scan the road ahead; if a corner is detected, the individual hydraulic damper units at each suspension strut adjust accordingly, allowing the car to lean into the bend like a motorcyclist or skier. This unique little party trick operates between 30 and 180km/h, although Benz insists that it’s designed to improve passenger comfort rather than to encourage high-speed cornering.
Aesthetically speaking, the new coupe is much more muscular than both its predecessor, the CL500, and it’s four-door sibling, the S-Class sedan. In fact, styling is largely similar to the concept car that appeared at last year’s Frankfurt motor show.
Exterior highlights include the diamond radiator grille, two-piece taillights, frameless doors and optional DRLs fashioned out of no less than 47 Swarovski crystals. Inside, you’ll find a smaller, more performance-oriented steering wheel and a large panoramic sun roof – the transparency of which can be adjusted at the touch of a button.
The Coupé also shares a host of uber-luxurious features with S-Class sedan, including a premium Burmester surround sound system, fragrance dispenser, massaging seats, adjustable ambient lighting, wide-screen TFT display, plus an optional smartphone-like touchpad positioned in front of the central armrest that allows full gesture control of the central media system.
The S-Class Coupé is expected to appear in Australian dealerships in October, at a price similar to the outgoing $272,000 CL500. Also confirmed for Australia is the performance-oriented S63 AMG, while the S600 and S65 variants are still under consideration.