New concept points to how the production S-class coupé will look and hints at a convertible version
10 September 2013

This is the Mercedes-Benz Concept S-class Coupé, which gives strong clues about the production form of the company’s traditional flagship model.

The replacement for the current CL, shown at the Frankfurt motor show, is a substantial machine, some 5005mm long and 1958mm wide, with a 2945mm wheelbase.

Like Mercedes’ smallest cars, the coupé has the company’s new distinctive styling theme on the bodysides, with raised edges running from the front wings to the rear wheelarch. Again, the car does without a B-pillar, suggesting that a convertible is also in the works. This concept also gets an almost entirely glazed roof.

A long bonnet dominates the overall proportions and grants the Coupé what Mercedes calls a “cowering greenhouse”, the impression that the cabin sits well back behind the front wheels.

The nose of the coupé also adopts the look pioneered by the baby CLA, although this car has the upper part of its grille surround extended, thereby giving it a retro reverse-rake nose.

Its interior is more conceptual, expressing what Mercedes calls “sensual clarity as an expression of modern luxury”. Much effort has been expended on new materials and finishes, as part of the modern luxury brief. The doors panels are made from computer-milled aluminium, with the ridged finish “inspired by Utah rock formations”.

The air vents are finished in a mix of white and polished aluminium and the centre console in a new ‘black diamond’ finish created by a chemical vapour deposit process, which deposits a precious metal on a “high-sheen chrome surface” at temperatures of 1000deg C.

Mercedes' concept is powered by a twin-turbo V8 that develops 449bhp and 516lb ft of peak torque. The concept also uses twin ‘stereo cameras’ to produce a 3D view of about 50m in front of car. This information can be used to pre-adjust the suspension system in anticipation of approaching undulations.

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10 September 2013

... just hope that even if 90% of the concept into production is kept it will be a stunner. Love the low wide stance..

Still not sure if it is a Bentley/ Rolls competitor...just feel they are in the next price bracket and hence are pure super luxury. Although I think this will run them very close in terms of good feel factor and should definitely beat them in terms of driving perfomance.

Best New Gen Merc styling to date I think.

10 September 2013

I can't see the interior making it to production, doesn't look dull enough for a big Mercs.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

IAD

10 September 2013

It's been a while since I've said this about any Mercs production cars let alone concept cars but I like it.

10 September 2013

I really like it too, although the rear three-quarters reminds me of the Renault Laguna Coupe - which is no bad thing actually, it was also a nice car overall IMO. As regards the interior, I'm guessing it'll be very similar to the normal S-Class but will do without the clock on the dash between the air vents...so it'll also be quite a good place to be in.

I don't agree with "the car does without a B-pillar, suggesting that a convertible is also in the works" though - the previous 3 CLs didn't have any B-pillars either, yet none of them had a convertible version - even if, I think, the C215 was at some point really intended to have a convertible counterpart (it has a metal 'cut', for want of a better word, on the A-pillar just above the windscreen, exactly where the A-pillar would end in a convertible car...

 

- Follow your own star -

10 September 2013

I'll echo what others have said, this looks really smart. The overall shape is a handsome one and, whilst some of Mercedes' detailing can be a little subjective, I believe it works well here.


10 September 2013

This looks good (better than the Wraith or Continental GT) and it appears to be the production model with a few concept car features like no door conventional handles and those wing mirrors. It also shows that Mercedes' current design language can work if executed properly, unlike the awkward and fussy looking CLA.

10 September 2013

The best looking Merc I've seen in a while.

Cyborg

10 September 2013

From the rear three-quarter view, it's the absolute spitting image of a Renault Laguna Coupe. Not saying the Laguna isn't a handsome car, it is, but it isn't very Mercedes.

11 September 2013
1948Wolseley wrote:

From the rear three-quarter view, it's the absolute spitting image of a Renault Laguna Coupe. Not saying the Laguna isn't a handsome car, it is, but it isn't very Mercedes.

I too noted that the rear three-quarter view is quite similar to the Laguna Coupe in the comment above, but I thought a-bit more about it and realised that actually the tail lights are not dissimilar to an SLS and the rear window shape is quite similar to previous CLs, so you could argue that it *is* quite Mercedes-like after all.

 

- Follow your own star -

11 September 2013

if you want to look better than in a bentley continental gt, if youre going for that look...this is it and cheaper and cheaper to run too.

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