This is the S-Class Coupe in full production form, boasting a design which is almost identical to the sharply styled concept from the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
In two-door Coupe form, the Mercedes S-Class is 89mm shorter than it is as a saloon, and the roofline has been lowered by 85mm. Narrower rear windows flow neatly into a set of wider rear arches and fresh LED tail-lights wrap around the boot and wings.
The transformation continues inside, where the S-Class Coupe gets a sportier three-spoke steering wheel. The high-quality switchgear and huge screens remain, but the newcomer gets unique touches like an exclusive set of diamond-quilted seats available in brighter colours such as Bengal Red and Porcelain White.
The S-Class Coupe also features the hi-tech ‘touchpad’ controller from the new C-Class, which lets the driver make smartphone-style gestures to control the major infotainment functions.
Other new tech that the Coupe gets over the saloon includes a head-up display, and a standard panoramic glass roof which can become opaque or transparent at the touch of a button.
Currently Mercedes has announced only the S500 version of the S-Class Coupe, powered by a twin-turbo 4.7-litre V8 with 449bhp and 700Nm of torque. An AMG version is likely to follow, with either a V8 or V12.
There’s also a new addition to the Magic Body control suspension system on the car – an ‘Active Curve’ feature that reads the road ahead and tilts the individual struts to brace the car against cornering forces, keeping it flatter through bends. This works between 19 and 112mph, and will be an option on the Coupe when it arrives in showrooms in November this year.
Prices for the S500 will start from around the £100,000 mark.