Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe revealed with curve tilting function, headlights with Swarovski crystals
Debuts in Geneva next month
Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed the S-Class Coupe production version, following a leaked photo which surfaced the web a couple of days ago.
The CL-Class is being phased out as Mercedes-Benz unveiled today the S-Class Coupe, a stylish and sleek two-door coupe which will be publicly introduced next month at the Geneva Motor Show. The model's design combines a long hood with a low greenhouse and muscular wheel arches hosting rims in sizes ranging from 18 to 20 inches. The vehicle hosts a 2945mm wheelbase within an overall length of 5027mm, an 1899mm width and 1411mm height.
Step inside the premium cabin and you will immediately notice it's mostly carried over from the sedan but with a "Super Sport" steering wheel and the analog clock has been removed. In the back there are two individual seats while the interior can now be had in new saddle brown, Bengal red and porcelain hues. There's also an optional head-up full-color LED display projecting the virtual imagine with relevant details into the driver's field of vision to avoid distractions.
Previewed by the stunning Concept S-Class Coupe concept, upon launch it will be available as an S 500 Coupe model equipped with V8 4.7-liter engine delivering 455 HP (335 kW) and a maximum torque of 700 Nm (516 lb-ft). Other variations will follow, including an S63 AMG Coupe model packing a twin-turbo V8 5.5-liter outputting 593 HP (436 kW) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft).
With the S-Class Coupe, Mercedes-Benz is introducing an evolution of the MAGIC BODY CONTROL system now featuring a curve tilting function allowing the car to "lean into bends in a manner similar to a motorcyclist or skier." The function can be active as one of the three driving modes between 19 mph (30 km/h) and 119 mph (180 km/h) and has been designed "to produce a more pleasant motoring experience" by reducing the lateral acceleration felt by the passengers. Within the windscreen there is a stereo camera which detects corners and works together with a transverse acceleration sensor. The air suspension's hydraulic damper units modify the rate of firmness and crucial base point individually for each damper and can incline the body of the car by up to 2.5 degrees.
Another interesting feature is the availability of optional headlamps with 47 Swarovski crystals, with 17 angular ones forming the flare-shaped daytime running lamps while the other 30 are round and form the turn indicator lamps.
Mercedes-Benz has announced the 2014 S-Class Coupe will hit dealerships in the second half of the year.