The Mercedes Concept S-Class Coupe was one of the stars of the Frankfurt motor show and is a car that previews a CL-replacing coupe due in mid-2014.
We’ll have to wait for the Geneva Motor Show in March next year before we see the production S-Class Coupe, but these images reveal some key details. Firstly, the nose is more upright than it is on the standard S-Class, and the Coupe wears the single-bar grille applied to Mercedes’ sportier models.
In profile, there’s a lower, sweeping roofline, a narrow glass area and a subtly kinked bootlid spoiler. The rear lights are narrow and flow around on to the sides of the car, giving a hint of SLS. The Concept S-Class Coupe has a wheelbase that’s 90mm shorter than the standard car, and while it’s also shorter and lower overall, it’s 59mm wider.
A Mercedes insider confirmed to Auto Express that the concept car on show in Frankfurt is 90 per cent ready.
Inside are the same hi-tech screens, high-quality materials and stylish design as in the standard saloon, including a new central touchscreen display. The centre console flows between the driver and passenger seats all the way into the rear of the cabin, splitting the rear bench into two supportive seats.
Power comes from the 4.7-litre V8 found in the S500, producing 449bhp and 700Nm of torque. And Mercedes insiders have told us the S-Class Coupé will debut with a new nine-speed auto box.
As with the saloon, the Coupé gets a full suite of safety systems, including the 6DVision set-up, which monitors traffic and pedestrians up to about 50 metres ahead of the car. Th same cameras used for this also provide images for the Magic Body Control system, whichsets up the suspension according to the road conditions ahead.
Prices for the S-Class Coupe are set to start at around £75,000 when its hits the UK in the middle of 2014.
Mercedes has already confirmed that is expects to launch at least six models from the new S-Class and the obvious next step after this S-Class Coupe is an S-Class Cabriolet.