What Is It?
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Concept
What's Special About It?
Despite its size, position in the market, price and general pillarless awesomeness, the Mercedes CL never really caught on with, well, anyone. This S-Class Coupe concept from Mercedes could well change that.
Like the CL before it, the S-Class coupe is built on the bones of the full-size Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but this concept vehicle is lower and wider than the S-Class, with a shorter wheelbase. The concept rides on 21-inch wheels (265/35 and 295/35 F/R) and is powered by Merc's ubiquitous 4.6-liter biturbo V8, producing a totally reasonable 449 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
Mercedes copywriters were going full steam when they presented the car, describing the instrument panel as "reminiscent of a whale's fin just before it re-enters the water," while "floating sensually in front of the dashboard." The Palo Alto-based designers also "drew inspirations from rock formations in Utah."
We'll skip the frivolity and just say flat-out that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe Concept looks spectacular. Pretty and elegant in a way that the CL never was, the S-Class Coupe could even give the Bentley Continental GT a run for its big coupe money. Especially once it arrives in S63 and S65 guise.
Backing the S-Class coupe's stunning looks are the same features like Magic Body Control and Road Surface Scan that have made the all-new S-Class such an impressive force in the luxury market. The S-Class Coupe Concept also gets MoodGrid audio software that, via Gracenote, selects a playlist from 18 million songs to perfectly tailor the mood inside the cabin.
What Edmunds Says:
Unlike the also-cool, giant-two-door-concept Cadillac Elmiraj, Mercedes actually has the stones to build this.
Base Price: N/A (Quite a lot)
Engine: 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8
Gearbox: Seven-speed automatic
Power: 449 hp/516 lb-ft
Fuel Mileage: N/A (irrelevant)
Dimensions: 198 by 77 by 55.5 inches