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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.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 48

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.

Backgroundword count: 227

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.

Driving Experienceword count: 181

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 4.0-litre 612bhp V8 BiTurbo S 63 AMG model which spirits you to 62mph in just 4.2s. There's also a 630bhp V12-engined AMG 65 variant at the top of the line-up. Specified correctly, this model will drive for you, park for you and cosset you in a way that few cars at any price can. Autonomous driving capability is something that Mercedes has particularly concentrated on improving with this revised S-Class Coupe, with the brand's existing technology now embellished with navigational algorithms that anticipate traffic conditions and prepare the car in advance for roundabouts, corners and junctions.

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Min

Max

0-60 mph (s):

4.1

4.2

Combined mpg:

23.7

28

CO2 (g/km):

237

Extra urban mpg:

32.8

36.2

Height (mm):

1422

Insurance group:

50

... and 7 other stats available

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Category:

Performance
80%
Handling
80%
Comfort
80%
Space
70%
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