Concept S-class Coupe previews a stylish _ and potentially high-tech _ replacement for the ageing CL two-door flagship
Shoot, will it be made?
It has already become customary for Mercedes-Benz to display concept cars and then put them into production several months later. What you see here in full is the Concept S-class Coupe which is starring at the Frankfurt motor show.
Now that the CL-class flagship coupe has been around a little too long, ie. seven years in the current generation, it's time for a major overhaul.
So if another economic meltdown isn't in sight or the world isn't set to explode, the Concept S-class Coupe will be made, possibly next year.
Could it look just like this?
It would be great if it would because, in our eyes, the study car looks cool from all angles, be it the front, rear or side. Minus the flashy wheels and door mirrors, the S-class Coupe should still be a looker.
And despite being based on today's S-class saloon, the Coupe has its own distinctive design cues like that shark-face front and slim rear lights.
The Coupe's interior has been further differentiated with a three-spoke steering (the saloon has a two-spoker), although the wide screen in the fascia is the same in principle as in the donor car.
And given that the Maybach brand is now dead, Mercedes would make the cabin feel as posh as possible because the Rolls-Royce Wraith (as driven for the first time on the left) is a would-be rival, even if from a considerable distance.
More of a Conti rival, perhaps?
Yup, the Bentley Continental GT, even though the CL once retailed lower at 15 million baht in Thailand. And considering that there's also the open-top GTC, it comes to no surprise that the German grapevine has been further suggesting a convertible variation to the S-class model range, as well.
Regardless, the S-class Coupe should still be a grand tourer with image and size to boast about with the car measuring just over 5m in length, according to Mercedes.
Could it go plug-in hybrid?
That's actually quite a good idea even though Mercedes isn't saying so. But we understand what you're getting at because a plug-in hybrid has just been introduced into the S500 saloon in Europe.
The drivetrain under discussion is a 3.0-litre turbo V6 whose electric components would allow at least 30km of CO2-less driving. Running silently at low speeds around the city suits the S-class Coupe's silky image (like that of a Rolls).
The more obvious choices, all turbocharged petrol heads, include V8s in the S500 and S63 AMG and V12s in the S600 and S65 AMG. The latter pair could be useful in markets like China and the Middle East.
And to stay ahead of its intended competition, the seven-speed automatic transmission in the saloon should be upgraded to a nine-speeder.
That Magic... or whatever it's called, should also be great...
We agree, the so-called Magic Body Control should help make the ride in the S-class a revelation because it's unique in its class and perfectly suits the GT concept.
If Mercedes can combine stylish looks, CO2-beating drivetrain and peerless ride dynamics into the S-class Coupe, it's bound to be a winner in the game of high-end super coupes.
The S-class Coupe is over 5m long.
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