Mercedes debuted the Concept S Series coupe , it hinted that there
would a future model to follow. As it turns out , the 2015 S Class
Coupe is almost identical to the concept.
New S-Class Coupe
An aesthetic, exclusive high-end coupe
Stuttgart. Stylistically self-assured presence, exclusive appointments
and refined sportiness the new S-Class Coupe from Mercedes-Benz
combines the classic proportions of a large, sporty coupe with modern
luxury and state-of-the art technology. As a world premiere, the
breathtaking two-door coupe includes a touchpad as standard and can be
optionally equipped with a head-up display. Available expressive
headlamps, each featuring 47 Swarovski crystals, produce a uniquely
"As exclusive as it gets the ultimate in aesthetic
sportiness", stresses Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of
Management, Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. "The
breathtaking design of the Concept S-Class Coupe marked by
sporty-classic proportions and sensual purity is transferred to
the series-production S-Class Coupe virtually unaltered. The large
coupe has always been the supreme pinnacle of our model range and
that's why it's now called the 'S-Class' again."
"The world premiere of the active curve tilting function
demonstrates the possibilities offered by Mercedes-Benz Intelligent
Drive," notes Prof Dr Thomas Weber, member of the board of
management of Daimler AG with responsibility for corporate research
and Mercedes-Benz Cars development. "The vehicle leans into bends
much like a motorcyclist, thereby reducing the lateral acceleration
acting on the vehicle's occupants. On country roads in particular,
this means greater driving pleasure and ride comfort for our
customers." The new S-Class Coupe will have its world premiere at
the Geneva International Motor Show (March 6 16, 2014) with U.S.
dealer deliveries scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014. The two-door
S550 Coupe will be available in the U.S. as a 4MATIC only with a 4.7L
V8 biturbo engine. The S550 Coupe has an output of 449 hp and its
torque level peaks at 516 lb-ft. The sporty driving experience is
significantly enhanced by the emotional sound produced by the exhaust
With the curve tilting function the Coupe introduces a further world
first for series-production cars: The Coupe leans into bends in a
manner similar to a motorcyclist or skier. The lateral acceleration
acting upon occupants is reduced in a way akin to when driving in a
steep curve, and passengers sit more firmly. On country roads in
particular, the new curve tilting function enhances driving enjoyment
Like the S-Class Sedan, the new Coupe is available with numerous new
assistance systems that make driving even more comfortable and safer.
The "Intelligent Drive" systems include, among other things
the PRE-SAFE® brake with pedestrian detection, DISTRONIC PLUS with
Steering Assist, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Lane
Keeping Assist, Adaptive High-beam Assist and Night View Assist Plus.
COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS features an additional function apart
from the adaptive brake assistant, which provides collision protection
from a speed of 4 mph: if there remains a danger of collision and the
driver fails to respond, the system can carry out an autonomous
braking maneuver at speeds of up to 65 mph, thereby reducing the
severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. The system
also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 31
mph, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at up to 25 mph.
As in the sedan, the PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant protection system
has been expanded through the inclusion of PRE-SAFE® PLUS. PRE-SAFE®
PLUS can recognize an imminent rear-end collision. If the danger of a
collision persists, the system can also firmly apply the parking brake
on the vehicle stationary and thus minimize the risk of whiplash
injuries by reducing the forward jolt caused by an impact from the
Numerous standard equipment features are available to make the
interior of the S-Class Coupe exceptionally luxurious and comfortable.
For example, the AIR-BALANCE package including the components
"fragrancing" and "ionization" is available.
Optional equipment includes an electric armrest heating as a component
of the Warmth Comfort package.
In cooperation with high-end audio specialists Burmester, two
especially high- value audio systems have been developed: the
Burmester® surround sound system and the Burmester® High-End 3D
surround sound system.
Design: sensual purity at its most beguiling
Sensual purity as an expression of modern luxury this was the focus
for the designers, and is the design philosophy of Mercedes-Benz. The
aim is to create clear contours and smooth surfaces that showcase high
tech while radiating emotional appeal. The sensual purity is reflected
in the core design values of tradition, emotion and progressivism.
These make up the guiding star, and are accentuated differently
depending on the model. Mercedes-Benz creates a bridge between
modernity and the avant-garde, between tradition and progressivism.
Each model series has an assigned role and a very specific character,
depending on the attributes on which the design focuses. And yet a
Mercedes-Benz is always recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz. Because in
addition to incorporating new stylistic developments, and in the
interests of keeping tradition alive, the designers draw from a
gene-pool of styling features typical of the brand.
"Our new S-Class Coupe is one of the most gorgeous coupes of all
time, representing the most radical aesthetic departure from its
predecessor," says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Daimler AG.
"The sensuous flowing silhouette in interplay with the clear
progressive design language forms a perfect symbiosis and expresses
our philosophy of sensual purity with pithy precision."
The exterior: flowing profile of perfect proportions
The flowing profile of the S-Class Coupe embodies sensual purity in a
modern way and is emphasized by the hallmark Mercedes dropping line.
The long hood with pronounced lines and powerdomes, the low greenhouse
with high beltline, the accentuated wheel arches as well as the large
wheels (18- to 20-inch) and the broad visual effect created by the
rear reinforce the S-Class Coupe's aspirations as a masterpiece of
automotive refinement. With a wheelbase of 116 inches, the Coupe is
198 inches long, with a width of 75 inches and a height of 56 inches.
Its convex and concave modeled surfaces lend the S-Class Coupe a
sensuous character. The sculpted appearance lends it classic elegance
that forms a perfect symbiosis with the modern-progressive design
The view from the side is marked by the dropping line in keeping with
the emotional character of the vehicle. It underscores the
brand-typical proportions like a signature. The lines are deliberately
reduced to the basics. This creates a sensual, timeless purity.
The creative interaction of diverse design elements lends the S-Class
Coupe a superior, self-confident front: in the center of the vehicle
front end is the further-evolved three-dimensional diamond radiator
grille, whose structure is defined by rectangular, chrome-plated
elements. It incorporates the central Mercedes three-pointed star and
The full-LED headlamps with their iconic eyebrows as daytime running
lamps lend it an extremely self-assured and distinctive gaze. On the
S-Class Coupe the eyebrows have been further refined with a
semi-circular counter-curve. In combination with the standard LED
Intelligent Light System, the Edition 1 S550 special edition vehicle
will also feature unique headlamps with no less than 47 Swarovski
crystals. 17 angular crystals form the flare-shaped daytime running
lamps, with 30 round-shaped crystals making up the turn indicator
The side profile is defined by the dome-shaped stretched roof line and
the frameless doors. An elegant 3D continuous chrome frame surrounds
the glass areas that are uninterrupted by B-pillars. This underscores
the Mercedes- typical coupe look.
A muscle above the rear axle extending from the side wall generates a
sense of lightness and dynamic spirit even at a standstill. The
positively arched surfaces and lines of the side walls flow into the
rear end with a dramatic tapered effect.
The rear end with its surfaces, broad shoulders and distinctive
character lines rounds off the emotive overall appearance. Moving the
license plate mounting to the lower part of the rear bumper is a
particularly striking modification. It allows the trunk lid to be made
especially sleek in this area. The three-pointed star is, so to say,
free-standing and can thus be made more prominent for greater effect.
In addition it pivots outwards in order to locate the rearview camera
and the surround view camera in an elegantly functional manner.
The arrangement of the LEDs in two horizontal rows in the two-piece
tail lamps reveals cutting-edge technology and underscores the sporty
character of the vehicle rear, careful attention to detail and the
car's premium value. Form and function fuse into a perfect unity. Part
of the light functions is located in the wings, the other in the trunk
lid. This characteristic arrangement makes the vehicle highly
recognizable by night, too.
The two-part rear bumper underscores the sportiness indicated by the
front design. The diffusor, painted in high-sheen black, meets in
equal measure the requirements made by aerodynamics and by design.
Below it there is, as in the front bumper, a horizontal wing in silver
look. Integrated in the diffusor are the premium-quality tailpipes.
The S-Class Coupe features a standard panorama roof extending over
two- thirds of the entire vehicle roof; with a surface area of around
1.32 m2, it appears almost 150 percent larger than on the predecessor
model. MAGIC SKY CONTROL makes it possible to switch the transparency
of the roof at the push of a button, from light to dark. When light,
the roof is almost completely transparent and allows an open-air
experience, even in the coldest weather. When dark, light transmission
i.e. the proportion of outside light that is allowed through into the
interior, is reduced to less than 1% and thus effectively diminishes
heating up of the vehicle. In addition, it is possible to shade the
interior completely by means of a roller blind.
The interior: modern luxury as avant-garde design
The interior design of the new S-Class Coupe is an expression of the
Mercedes-Benz design idiom sensual purity. An enthralling
combination of sculptural sensuous volume elements and components, and
the clear geometry of its basic architecture create an avant-garde
design idiom. A high class appeal, quality workmanship and exceptional
touch and feel are a treat for the passengers' senses, so that the
car's interior represents the highest level of "modern
The S-Class Coupe's dashboard fascinates with its spectacular
architecture, giving rise to a vehicle of unique character in the
upper coupe segment. The dashboard is divided into a very clear
top-layer section with an expansive "wrap-around" effect
extending to the doors, and an extremely low, sculptural
"floating" lower section. This striking architecture was
made possible by repositioning the airbag to a completely new low
location. This concept enables the large, two-part wide-screen format
TFT display to be placed in a prominent "hovering" position
in front of this trim surface. In addition, it is stylishly
highlighted with an ambience lighting corona. Under the display, the
sporty elevated center console extends to the vehicle rear. All lids
and armrests are lavishly covered in leather.
The use of the finest materials, surfaces, color combinations and seam
designs contributes towards achieving a truly exclusive car interior.
Air vents, switches, belt extender rosette and trim elements are in
electroplated "Silver Shadow". This gives the trim elements
a particularly high value appeal and enhances the three-dimensional
effect of their surfaces.
In front of the armrest the standard touchpad can be found, with its
black high- sheen surface and chrome-look surround. As on a
smartphone, the touchpad allows all the head-unit functions to be
operated using finger gestures. The touchpad also permits letters,
numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting - in any
of the head unit's languages. Diverse controls, e.g. for the
multi-media system, are arrayed as keys in a semicircle in front of
the central control element.
Both the front and the rear seats have a pronounced sporty character,
the two rear seats are designed as individual seats. The Exclusive
upholsteries optionally includes seats in Exclusive nappa designo
leather with a striking diamond backstitching pattern on backrests and
seating surfaces. The front- seat seatbelts are integrated in the rear
side panelling without interrupting the waistline with windows open;
seatbelt extenders make them easily accessible for the seat
There is a fluid transition between the doors and the rear side
panelling, emphasizing the vehicle's well-being quality. Here too,
surfaces and controls are masterfully executed in top-quality
materials; the configuration with the standard Burmester® surround
sound system and the optional Burmester® High-End 3D surround sound
system offers a special highlight in form and function.
New interior colors such as Bengal red, saddle brown and porcelain
allow individualization of the interior. The standard ambient lighting
with several lighting moods provides the corresponding wellness
character. The customer can choose from seven lighting moods.
Less distraction: head-up display
The optional head-up display brings important information directly
into the driver's field of vision, presenting it on the windscreen to
ensure less distraction from the traffic situation. The system informs
about vehicle speed, navigation instructions and driving assistance
The technical basis for this system is a specular optics system and a
full-color display module with a resolution of 480 x 240 pixels,
operating with high-power LEDs. They project the virtual image, which
measures around 8 x 3 inches, into the driver's field of vision where
it appears to float around two meters away above the hood. The
resolution of more than 60 pixels per degree of viewing angle ensures
a needle-sharp image. A special light sensor located near the top edge
of the roof automatically adjusts the brightness of the head-up
display to the exterior lighting conditions.
Lower transversal forces: active curve tilting function
With the curve tilting function the Coupe introduces a further world
first for series-production cars: The curve tilting function makes the
Coupe lean into bends in a manner similar to a motorcyclist or skier.
The lateral acceleration acting upon occupants is reduced in a way
akin to when driving in a steep curve, and passengers sit more firmly.
On country roads in particular, the new curve tilting function
enhances motoring enjoyment and comfort. The object is not to reach
higher speeds, but to produce a more pleasant motoring experience.
With Active Body Control the suspension struts are equipped with
hydraulic cylinders (so-called plungers), in order to adjust the force
in each strut individually. Depending on the curve driven, the curve
tilting function shifts the base point of each individual strut. This
allows the vehicle to incline automatically and continuously in
fractions of a second and to angles of up to 2.5 degrees in curves
depending on the road angle and vehicle speed. The innovative
suspension system detects curves using both a stereo camera behind the
windscreen, registering the curvature of the road up to 49 feet ahead,
and an additional transversal acceleration sensor. The curve tilting
function can be selected as one of three drive modes using the ABC
switch; it is active in the speed range from 19 to 112 mph.
Emotive-sporty sound: exhaust system with flaps
The emotive sound of the exhaust system makes a decisive contribution
to the sporty driving experience. The deeper sound components ensure a
fuller, sportier sound. In the transversally positioned rear silencer
of the twin-pipe exhaust system there are two flaps that can be opened
and closed pneumatically depending on the engine speed.
When the flaps are open the exhaust gases are conducted through the
rear silencer along a different path so that the vehicle sound becomes
more powerful. The switching point of the flaps depends upon the drive
program selected in the S program the flaps open earlier than in the
E program. As soon as the S-Class Coupe engine starts, the power of
its sound can be heard.
A long tradition: large coupes from Mercedes-Benz
The history of the large post-war Mercedes coupes dates back to the
year 1952, when Mercedes-Benz launched the legendary 300 S Coupe - a
"car for the world's elite" as the automotive press of the
time judged. It was followed in 1956 by the 220 S Coupe of model
series W 180, which created a sensation
in particular due to its self-supporting pontoon body. From 1961 to
1971 the long-drawn out elegant Coupe of model series W111/W112
enthralled no less than 29,918 highly discerning customers, who were
able to choose between the Type 220 SEb Coupe six-cylinder models and
the Type 280 SE 3.5 Coupe eight-cylinder models.
The SEC coupes of model series C 126, which remained in the program of
the Stuttgart-based automotive brand for ten years and of which over
74,000 were sold, were based on the S-Class of 1981. In 1992 the
successor model (model series C 140) was presented at the Geneva Motor
Show, also featuring for the first time as a S600 Coupe with a 389 hp
twelve-cylinder engine. It was to be the car in which the Electronic
Stability Program ESP® had its world premiere in 1995. Later on this
coupe was renamed "CL-Class". Another forefather of the new
S-Class Coupe celebrated its world première under this name in March
1999. With pioneering innovations such as active ABC suspension
(Active Body Control) and bi-xenon headlamps this two-door car set new
Supreme exclusivity and sophisticated design combined with
trend-setting state-of-the-art technology were combined in the last
CL-Class (2006). This luxury coupe opened up a new dimension of
vehicle safety with the introduction of the PRE-SAFE® brake. Beyond
this, Mercedes innovations
such as the Intelligent Light System with five light functions and
PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant safety were also part of the vehicle's
The new S-Class Coupe and its innovations seamlessly continue the
tradition of large coupes into the future and will launch in the U.S.
this fall with the S550 4MATIC.
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