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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

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By Jonathan Crouch

The S-Class Coupe may be based upon the familiar S-Class saloon but it's very much its own design, a beautiful piece of engineering with standards of class and technology that are well able to justify a six figure pricetag. Jonathan Crouch reports on the improved version.

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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is an exquisitely finished two-door Grand Tourer with an unusual and rather refreshing reluctance to attract attention that sets it apart in a luxury coupe market filled with flamboyance. This improved version gets an uprated entry-level V8 engine and some even more sophisticated technology.

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So, you've succeeded in life. But there's still a distance to travel. A distance you'd like to complete without undue fanfare but in exquisite comfort. The style of a luxury coupe appeals but the brash vulgarity of a Bentley Continental or a Maserati GT doesn't. Assuming that you want something a bit nicer and more luxurious than, say, a BMW 6 Series or something from Jaguar, that leaves only one car on your choicelist. This one, the improved Mercedes S-Class Coupe. It's worth touching upon a little history here, for the brand has much of it, having been represented in this segment since it launched the legendary 300 S Coupe in 1952, hailed by the press of the time as 'a car for the world's elite'. Ever since, Mercedes has brought us an almost uninterrupted series of exclusive two-door Grand Tourers combining sophisticated design with trailblazing technology - every model in its own way an automotive classic. This S-Class Coupe was first introduced in 2014, sharing technology and engineering with the S-Class saloon but with its own unique look and feel, both inside and out. Updates to the four-door S-Class in late 2017 gave Mercedes the opportunity to revised this Coupe derivative and it gains a new 4.0-litre biturbo V8 petrol unit at the foot of the range as well as extra equipment and more safety technology.

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The starting point for the S-Class Coupe range is now the 585bhp S560 variant. Unlike the previous S500 model, this one doesn't get a 4.6-litre V8 under the bonnet: you'll have to settle with a 4.0-litre biturbo unit, but you're not going to feel hard done by thanks to a 469bhp output (up from 455bhp before). Rest to 62mph takes just 4.6s en route to 155mph. Power goes to the rear wheels and the twin-turbocharged engine develops some 700Nm of torque. The alternative is the 5.5-litre 612bhp V8 BiTurbo S 63 AMG model which spirits you to 62mph in just 4.2s and features 'MAGIC BODY CONTROL' to iron out imperfections in the road ahead. There's also a 630bhp V12-engined AMG 65 variant at the top of the line-up. The S-Class Coupe is offered with the 6DVision camera system and one option that many will choose to tick is the frankly incredible Magic Body Control system. The Road Surface Scan part of this uses stereo cameras to scan the road surface ahead and automatically alter the stiffness of the hydraulic dampers in order to improve the ride comfort. When it detects a ripple of more than 3mm in the road, the car calculates how long it'll take to get to it and then the active suspension is able to make the damping harsher or softer within fractions of a second in advance for each separate wheel. Then there's Active Body Control where four spring struts are fitted with hydraulic cylinders to enable the force in each spring strut to be adjusted individually. As a result, the vertical, rolling and pitching movements to which the body can be subjected are almost completely compensated for, in effect leaning into corners like a bike.

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