From its long hood to the most eloquently executed “dropping” character lines in Benz’s lineup, and from the low-slung greenhouse to the wide and horizontal taillights, it’s virtually impossible to find fault with the S coupe’s design. Of course, Mercedes wasn’t burdened with any packaging requirements in designing this large, rather impractical coupe, what with a wheelbase of 116 inches and overall length stretching to 198 inches—both numbers some eight inches shorter than the S-class sedan on which it’s based.
When it arrives on showroom floors this fall, the S-class coupe will be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8 that produces 449 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes promises a sporty exhaust sound, in marked contrast to the almost-eerie silence that prevails in the four-door S-class.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the S-class coupe is its "curve tilting function, " which allows the car to lean into corners like a downhill skier or a motorcyclist at angles of up to 2.5 degrees. This technology isn’t new, however. In fact, it was tested on a Lotus Excel in the mid-’80s and was most recently shown on a prototype Audi A5 three years ago. But no one has put it into production yet, and Mercedes was able to refine it by using input from the road-scanning camera that is part of its Magic Body Control adaptive suspension. We’re very eager to try this function out for ourselves.