The all-new Mercedes-Benz S-class coupé has been unveiled, and will become the first series-production road car to feature an advanced tilt function capable of leaning the car into corners when it goes on sale towards the end of this year.
The new feature is integrated into the so-called Magic Body Control system first seen on the latest S-class saloon. It forms part of a series of new comfort-enhancing technologies brought to the two-door rival to the Bentley Continental GT.
The new model, which goes under the internal codename C117, has been given a significantly more muscular appearance. The styling flourishes are aimed at visually separating the S-class coupé from the saloon more than previous versions of the big two-door have done.
Mercedes has confirmed one initial engine for the new S-class coupé. The twin-turbo 4.6-litre V8 petrol unit is carried over from the CL, but with a series of detailed changes that boost its power output by 20bhp to 448bhp while retaining the same 516lb ft maximum torque rating. That engine will appear in the S500 coupé. Alongside standard rear-wheel drive, buyers will also get the option of 4Matic four-wheel drive for the first time.
Performance figures have not been revealed yet. However, Mercedes sources suggest that the S500 coupé will closely match the standing-start acceleration and top speed of its CL predecessor, which had an official 0-62mph time of 4.9sec and a top speed limited to 155mph.
The S500 will not be the first S-class coupe model to be sold in the UK, however. The launch model here will be a S63 AMG variant, which will be revealed at the New York motor show in March. This model will use the same 577bhp twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 engine as the S63 AMG saloon. A V12-powered S65 AMG variant is also planned.