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by Tim Beissmann

Mercedes-Benz S 500 4MATIC Coupé Edition 1 (C 217) 2013

The all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe will feature a world-first curve tilting function that claims to allow it to lean into corners like a motorcyclist.

The ultra-luxury two-door will make its public debut at next month’s Geneva motor show before joining its S-Class sedan sibling in Australian showrooms in the final quarter of 2014.

Mercedes-Benz S 500 4MATIC Coupé Edition 1 (C 217) 2013

The innovative active curve tilting function is a feature of the car’s Magic Body Control suspension system, which debuted on the S-Class and uses cameras to read the road and prepare the suspension for the surface ahead. Mercedes-Benz says curve tilting reduces the lateral acceleration acting upon occupants, allowing passengers to sit more firmly, promising enhanced comfort and driving enjoyment.

The S-Class Coupe carries over a host of other high-tech features from the sedan, such as adaptive cruise control with automatic steering and stop and go pilot, active lane keeping, adaptive high beam with night view, Pre-Safe brake with pedestrian detection, and a collision prevention system that autonomously brakes the car between speeds of 7-105km/h.

Mercedes-Benz S 500 4MATIC Coupé Edition 1 (C 217) 2013

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe measures 5027mm long, 1899mm wide, 1411mm tall, and rides on a 2945mm wheelbase, making it 68mm shorter, 28mm wider and 8mm lower than the old model, as well as 10mm shorter between the wheels.

The two-door S-Class will initially launch in S500 Coupe specification, powered by a 335kW/700Nm 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. The enhanced engine gains 15kW and a whopping 170Nm over its predecessor, and while the German manufacturer is yet to make performance claims, it’s expected to improve markedly on the old car’s 5.4-second 0-100km/h sprint and 11.1 litres per 100km combined cycle fuel consumption rating.

Mercedes-Benz Australia’s Jerry Stamoulis confirmed S500 would be joined by the upcoming S63 AMG Coupe in local showrooms – the latter likely to arrive in 2015 – while other variants, such as an S600 and S65 AMG, are still under consideration.

Mercedes-Benz S 500 4MATIC Coupé Edition 1 (C 217) 2013

There are few surprises in the design of the S-Class Coupe, which closely mirrors that of the Concept S-Class Coupe from September’s Frankfurt motor show. Official images that leaked earlier this week also gave us an accurate preview of the new flagship coupe’s exterior styling.

Among the highlights are the car’s LED headlights, which can be optionally ornamented with 47 Swarovski crystals. A prominent diamond-pattern radiator grille with three-pointed star badge, concave door panels and SLS AMG-inspired thin horizontal tail-lights also feature across the coupe’s sleek exterior.

The car’s panoramic roof is 150 per cent larger than before, and features ‘magic sky control’, allowing occupants to vary the glass panel’s transparency from light to dark at the touch of a button.

As is to be expected, the cabin borrows heavily from the S-Class sedan, incorporating the same two-part wide-screen TFT display embedded in a wraparound dash design.

Mercedes-Benz S 500 4MATIC Coupé Edition 1 (C 217) 2013

Also shared with the four-door is the S-Class Coupe’s smartphone-style touchpad, which allows the head unit to be operated using finger gestures including character recognition, a premium Burmester surround sound system (likely to be optional) and an LED head-up display.

The two-spoke steering wheel of the sedan makes way for a more conventional three-spoke ‘super sport’ wheel, while the second row features two individual seats, which, like those in the front, are upholstered in diamond-stitched leather.

The Mercedes-Benz S500 is expected to wear a similar price tag to its $336,500 CL500 predecessor when it launches towards the end of this year.

Click the Photos tab for more Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe images.




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