The Mercedes S-Class Coupe was revealed in concept form at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013, a car that previews a CL-replacing coupe. We’ll have to wait until March at the Geneva Motor Show before we get to see the production model, however.
The concept car does reveal some aspects of the car's look, however: 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.
The Mercedes S-Class Coupe will likely be shown for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and the production car should go on sale in the middle of 2014. The price is set to start at around £75,000 in the UK.
We should also expect a Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet that follows on from the Coupe's design, but there are no details on this model yet.
The Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe has been spotted testing in Europe, and the gallery above includes the first spy pictures of the new high-performance vehicle.
Although disguised, the sloping roofline and revised front bumper design with larger air intakes mark the Coupe model out over the standard S-Class. The big alloy wheels, huge brakes and quad-exhausts at the rear also denote this as the AMG-tuned model.
The same 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 from the S63 AMG will also be used to power this S63 Coupe, but it's likely that there will be a few performance upgrades for the sportier Coupe model.
We got a first-hand look at the interior of the new S-Class Coupe concept, to get an idea of what the real model will be like inside. It's sportier in design than the saloon, but it will be distinct and different to the new C-Class' interior as well. It has been described as subtle and stealthy, and the interior is certainly beautifully crafted and sleek - some of it reminded us of Apple products.
A central touchscreen will keep all the infotainment in one place, while a sporty three-spoke steering wheel gives the interior a different feel to that of the saloon. 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 Coupe will debut with a new nine-speed auto box.
As with the saloon, the Coupe 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. The same cameras used for this also provide images for the Magic Body Control system, whichsets up the suspension according to the road conditions ahead.
The brand is also planning a shooting brake estate S-Class, and long-wheelbase and super-stretched Pullman versions of the saloon - the latter in response to the demise of the Maybach brand.