Always the flagship aspirational coupe, the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class bows out to make room for the 2015 S-Class Coupe.
Wide variety of impressive, powerful engines; world-class craftsmanship; magnetic levitation-like ride quality; a showcase of convenience and safety technology; whisper quiet.
Not for the faint of wallet; tech and interior features can be overwhelming.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is an all-new model.
Mercedes is swinging for the fences this year with the redesigned S-Class. It has said as much already in a steadily increasing drip of information prior to the official unveil in May. The German automaker plans no fewer than six new S-Class models through 2013 and into 2014. Whether all the new models come to the U.S. is another question, but the house that Karl and Gottlieb built is nothing if not ambitious.
Following the redesigned S-Class sedans in myriad variations (short and long wheelbase, stretched, possible four-door "coupe" style), Mercedes will launch the S-Class Coupe next year, effectively replacing the CL-Class nameplate. A follow-up four-seat convertible should give the automaker a formidable pair of Bentley Continental GT challengers.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe will likely use the same design language as the sedan, which under its black shapeless camo wraps seen in spy photos shows a revised front fascia with the new upright grille (largely a design concession to European pedestrian safety standards) seen on the newest Mercedes models. The sedan's shape and profile remain largely untouched, but the S-Class' softer, rolling curves give way to tighter, sharper lines. With two fewer doors, we expect a more dramatic taper to the roof line, but otherwise the coupe will be unmistakably an S-Class.
Interior shots reveal a revised COMAND interface, with an expansive screen in the center stack and additional buttons arrayed horseshoe-like around the dial controller and nifty handrest fore of the center console. Round vents replace the horizontal design for a classic, semi-retro look, and in the dash is a display nearly as big as the COMAND monitor that shows digital "analog-look" gauges with a large information center display in between.
Engine options shouldn't vary much from the CL-Class coupes. Expect a twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 in the base model, with a 6.0-liter V12 upgrade and about 650 horsepower from the eventual AMG model, all joined to an eight- or possibly even nine-speed transmission. An all-wheel-drive variant is also likely.
Of course, the S-Class Coupe would not be a Benz flagship without a tour de tech. One safety system, designed for use in Germany but adaptable to other markets, recognizes traffic signs and can alert wrong-way drivers of their error. An available adaptive suspension will read the road ahead and adjust the damping to suit the surface. The Distronic Plus steering system, along with lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and multiple sensors and radar systems almost make the S-Class an autonomous driving car. There's even an inflatable rear seatbelt system, and Mercedes is touting that the new S-Class uses all-LED lighting throughout.
Look for the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe to arrive in early 2014. Pricing hasn't been announced but expect a starting bid of around $120,000, just a few Benjamins more than the current starting sticker for the sunsetting CL. Check back for a full review of the new S-Class Coupe, including specs, driving impressions and buying advice.
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