Take a good look in the new S-class coupe. That’s right, slow down and quit pressing your mouse or swiping your screen for just a few seconds. The vehicle is stunning, simply no? But photos don’t even get its enormous dimension, it's reputation, its curves. It is not a supermodel, a waif of the sports car built to appeal equally to gawking adolescents and the ones more chronologically sophisticated but likewise insecure. This is a advanced Mercedes, fully realized.
An extra second to keep in mind the CL-class, please, the previous lady of a coupe that’s been haunting Benz dealers for years now. Okay, finished with that, no eulogy needed. Mercedes sold less than 500 of them last year. We won’t be impressed if it finds a lot more buyers for the new B-pillarless S550 during the first month of sales, which likely is going to be October. Pricing has yet to be announced, yet expect it to start around $120,000.
So, the S-class coupe is pricey, yes. As it should be, for a car that stands atop the Mercedes product range. Fire up the 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, also, the exhaust rumbles louder compared to S-class sedan’s, even though it’s the same engine making the same 449 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The coupe feels quicker to accelerate, shift, and shed speed. Cutting 8.7 inches of wheelbase makes it a sportier proposition compared to a sedan, and when we finally get one on our scales, the coupe should be lighter by the several hundred pounds, if Mercedes is to be believed. Sprinting through traffic in the land of Gucci, the S550 coupe feels more nimble than any CL ever has, despite measurements that track inside a few inches of that predecessor’s in every dimension.