Like the sedan, the coupe has every manner of modern technology built in or ready for order. This is a car that can massage you while perfuming the air you breathe; that can drive itself for short bursts and brake for you when your attention falters. Its enormous glass roof can turn as opaque as the average driver’s understanding of the engineering that underlies these systems. Driving the S550 coupe, you almost feel sorry for the product planners and engineers, under such intense pressure to come up with One More Thing.
The interior of the S-class coupe is nearly indistinguishable from the sedan’s. A proper three-spoke steering wheel replaces the odd two-spoke unit in the sedan, and the coupe gets the new touch-pad controller for the infotainment system just like in the newest C-class. Our test car was fitted with the special “Edition 1” treatment, so its dashboard inserts resemble a vintage Telefunken radio, with flowing lines on a piano black background. A crystal nodule on the center console serves as the touch point to pop open the cover of the storage bin. Subtle but effective. Less understated are the Swarovski crystals available in the headlamp assemblies, 17 each in the daytime running lamps and 30 in the turn-signal indicators, although none in the LED headlights themselves.
The S-class coupe is every bit as regal as its sedan counterpart. Yet when you open one of the two four-and-a-half-foot-long doors and slide into the quilted leather seats, everything seems a bit more opulent. Maybe it’s the tidier four-place package or the steeper windshield rake. Or perhaps it’s just the aftereffect of staring at the exterior sheetmetal. What’s unquestionable is this car’s position as Stuttgart’s new flagship.