The Mercedes Benz S-Class Coupe goes on sale in Australia today, replacing the old CL-Class model line with a simplified, three-variant line-up.
In Mercedes-Benz dealerships now is the mid-level S63 AMG Coupe, priced from $409,000 plus on-road costs. It will be joined in May by the entry-spec $319,000 S500 Coupe and the flagship twin-turbo V12-powered $499,000 S65 AMG Coupe.
The S500 Coupe is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.7-litre V8 that produces 335kW and 700Nm. A nine-speed automatic transmission sends drive to the rear wheels. Launching to 100km/h from rest takes 4.6 seconds, while combined cycle fuel consumption is rated at 8.6 litres per 100 kilometres.
Key standard features include 20-inch alloy wheels, intelligent lighting with full LED headlights, Magic Body Control active suspension with curve tilting function, semi-automated parking, panoramic sunroof, and the Comand Online infotainment system with 12.3-inch high-resolution display screen, satellite navigation with 3D mapping, digital radio and television tuner, 10GB media storage, DVD/SD card/USB inputs, and a touchpad finger gesture Comand controller. Full specifications of all variants are detailed below.
The S63 AMG Coupe upgrades to a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 with 430kW and 900Nm, and sends its power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. Accelerating to triple figures takes 4.2 seconds, while fuel use is rated at 10.2L/100km.
A host of AMG-specific features distinguish the S63 from the S500, such as unique 20-inch alloys and sports body styling, high-performance composite brakes with red calipers, sports suspension, sports exhaust, widened rear wheel arches, and exclusive AMG interior appointments.
The S65 AMG Coupe is powered by a twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 that pumps out 463kW and 1000Nm. It gets its own ‘Speedshift Plus’ seven-speed auto, and shaves one-tenth off the S63’s sprint time, stopping the clock at 4.1 seconds. Fuel use is rated at 12.0L/100km.
Additional features over the S63 AMG include 20-inch forged and ceramic-polished alloys, unique styling with twin-louvre front grille, head-up display, Night View Assist Plus, AMG sports seats with diamond-stitched nappa leather, Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system, and split-view infotainment screen with six-disc changer.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is 90mm shorter than the S-Class sedan, identical in width and 85mm lower, and has a 90mm-shorter wheelbase. The front track width is near identical, while the rear track is 12mm wider.
The coupe has three key unique selling points over the saloon. Magic Body Control is available in the sedan, but the coupe gets the additional curve tilting function, which leans the vehicle into a corner up to 2.65 degrees at speeds between 50-180km/h.
The coupe also gets an LED independent lighting system option, which features 47 Swarovski crystals in each headlight pod. There are 17 crystals for the daytime running lamps and 30 crystals for the indicators. Spend $4650 on the Nigh View Assist package and you can then spend another $5900 on the Swarovski crystals.
Thirdly, the coupe gets a panoramic glass sunroof that can be optioned with Magic Sky Control. The system can darken and lighten the tint of the glass to let more or less light into the cabin.
A key option pack is the Edition 1 package – available for both S500 and S63 AMG – and costs $12,238 and $9441 respectively. The package includes the high-end lighting system, exclusive leather interior trim, exclusive roof lining and black poplar high-gloss wood trim.
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe pricing (before on-road costs):
S500 Coupe $319,000
S63 AMG Coupe $409,000
S65 AMG Coupe $499,000
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe specifications
Ambient interior lighting with seven colours and five dimming levels
Brown burr walnut high-gloss wood trim
Burmester 590-watt surround sound system with 13 speakers and nine-channel DSP amplifier
12.3-inch Comand Online high-resolution colour display with 3D navigation, integrated WLAN hotspot, Linguatronic voice control system, Bluetooth, SMS/e-mail write/read function, CD/DVD player, two USB ports (in centre armrest), slot for SDHC memory cards, 10GB memory for audio and video files (MPEG, avi up to 720p), picture viewer for photos from SD cards or USB storage devices, touch-sensitive telephone keypad
DAB+ digital radio tuner
DVB digital TV tuner
Cruise control with variable speed limiter
Electrically adjustable, heated and ventilated driver and front passenger seats with memory function for seats, mirrors and steering wheel column
Electric roller blind for rear windscreen
Dual-zone climate control
Touchpad finger gesture Comand controller
20-inch alloy wheels
Active Parking Assist
Panoramic sunroof with electric sunblind
Magic Body Control active suspension with Curve Tilting Function
Power closing function for doors
360-degree surround view camera
Active blind spot assist
Active lane keeping assist
Attention Assist drowsiness detection
BAS Plus with Cross Traffic Assist
Distronic Plus proximity control system with Steer Assist
ISOFIX child seat attachment points in the rear
LED Intelligent Light System with Adaptive Highbeam, Assist Plus, LED indicators, cornering lights, LED daytime running lights and LED tail-lights
Pre-Safe Brake, Impulse and accident anticipatory protection system with pedestrian recognition
S63 AMG Coupe (adds over S500 Coupe):
AMG emblem embossed in the centre console armrest
AMG floor mats
AMG illuminated door sill panels in brushed stainless steel
AMG instrument cluster with a 12.3-inch colour TFT display including AMG main menu
AMG sports pedal cluster in brushed stainless steel with rubber studs
AMG sports seats with optimised lateral support in perforated nappa leather with AMG-specific V8 seat upholstery layout, contrasting top stitching and AMG badge in the front and rear backrests
AMG three-spoke sports steering wheel in nappa leather with Dinamica in the grip area, 12 buttons, airbag cover in nappa leather, embossed AMG lettering, and, silver coloured aluminium shift paddles
Black poplar high gloss wood trim
Front seat comfort package with active multi-contour seats and Seat Heating Plus
Nappa leather upholstery
20-inch AMG alloy wheels
AMG body styling consisting of front apron with side air outlets, rear apron and side sill panels with silver chrome inserts as well as front flics in high gloss black
AMG high performance composite braking system
AMG sports exhaust system with two chrome plated twin exhaust
AMG sports suspension based on Magic Body Control with Curve Tilting Function Rear sill protector in stainless steel
Rear wheel arch widening
Red brake callipers
Remote boot lid opening and closing
V8 BITURBO lettering on the front wings
Chrome effect electronic key and master key with AMG emblem
Mercedes-Benz Original tyres with Tirefit
Tyre pressure monitoring system
S65 AMG Coupe (adds over S63 AMG Coupe):
AMG sports seats in Exclusive nappa leather with AMG-specific diamond design with defined perforations, piping, contrasting top stitching, AMG badges in seat backrests and AMG Exclusive floor mats
Burmester high-end 3D surround sound system
Integrated garage door opener
Nappa leather sunvisors and roof lining
Splitview with integrated six-disc CD/DVD changer
20-inch multi-spoke forged, ceramic polished alloy wheels
AMG body styling consisting of front apron with side air outlets, rear apron and side sill panels with silver chrome inserts as well as front flics in high gloss chrome
AMG high-gloss chrome trim elements
AMG V12 twin louvre radiator grille
V12 BITURBO lettering on the front wings
Magic Vision Control heated windscreen washer/wipers
Night View Assist Plus