What Is It?
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
When Does It Go On Sale?
The base 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic Coupe goes on sale in the U.S. in October. The high-end 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe goes on sale in the U.S. in November. The U.S. will not get the rear-wheel-drive version of the coupe.
How Much Does It Cost?
Official pricing has not been announced, but expect the 2015 S550 4Matic Coupe to start at around $116,000. The top-of-the-line S63 AMG Coupe is expected to be priced well over $200,000.
How Many Trim Levels Are There?
Two trim levels will be offered in the U.S.: the base S550 4Matic Coupe and the high-performance S63 AMG Coupe. A convertible version is expected at a later date.
What Kinds of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
• S550: 4.7-liter biturbo V8 engine, 449 horsepower, 516 pound-feet of torque
Estimated 19 mpg combined/16 city/26 highway
• S63 AMG: 5.5-liter biturbo V8 engine, 577 hp, 664 lb-ft of torque
Estimated 18 mpg combined/15 city/23 highway
* Both models are equipped with a seven-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel-drive is standard.
Are All The Latest High-Tech Features Available?
The 2015 S550 4Matic Coupe breaks new ground with such features as the world premiere of the "active curve tilting function," which is part of Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive. This feature allows the coupe to lean into bends in a manner similar to a motorcyclist or skier and improves handling and ride comfort in steep curves.
There are a number of creature comforts. They include an Air Balance package with a "fragrancing" function that allows users to add aromatherapy. Standard ambient lighting features seven "moods." Other optional equipment includes electric armrest heating as part of the Warmth Comfort package.
Entertainment choices include two high-end audio systems: a Burmester surround-sound system and a Burmester High-End 3D surround-sound system.
A new optional head-up display informs the driver about vehicle speed, navigation instructions and driving assistance system messages, while optional headlights feature 47 Swarovski crystals for a unique look.
A standard touchpad is patterned after one found on smartphones. It permits letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting and works using finger gestures.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
The 2015 S550 4Matic Coupe comes with a long list of standard safety equipment, including antilock brakes, traction control and Collision Prevention Assist Plus that steps in with autonomous braking if there is a danger of collision and the driver fails to respond. This system works at speeds of up to 65 mph and reduces the severity of collisions. Semi-autonomous steering is optional and is part of the $2,800 Distronic Plus package. The semi-autonomous steering system follows the car in front and the road lines and helps the driver steer in certain situations. It is activated via the cruise control system.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
2014 Bentley Continental GT V8 Coupe: The Continental GT V8 Coupe, which churns out 521 hp, trumps the base S550 4Matic Coupe in terms of performance. But the Bentley wasn't made for tight corners and the new "active curve tilting function" in the Mercedes-Benz might seal the deal for some comfort-minded car shoppers. Also, if you're counting Swarovski crystals, the Mercedes-Benz comes out on top.
2014 BMW 6 Series: This is BMW's top-of-the-line grand touring coupe. Like the S-Class coupe, the 6 Series is available with varying levels of performance. The 650i is similar to the S550 coupe in terms of power, size and luxury features. The high-performance M6 coupe measures up more closely with the S63 AMG coupe when it comes to power and performance. It's also worth noting that the 6 Series also offers convertible versions of both models, something you'll have to wait for when it comes to the S-Class.
2014 Maserati GranTurismo: The GranTurismo coupe blends seductive styling, speed and sumptuous comfort and is a worthy competitor to the S550 4Matic Coupe. The two will also be priced right on top of each other, which may make for a tough decision. The ultimate choice may boil down to Italian fashion sensibility versus German engineering.
Should You Wait for It?
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic Coupe not only resurrects a storied German nameplate, but it brings car shoppers a step closer to autonomous driving with its futuristic options. The new coupe is going to make a serious run at its low-end and high-end competitors and, in some respects, is in a class by itself. If you're ready to blend high style with performance and the latest high-tech features, you can't go wrong by waiting for this highly anticipated coupe.