Mercedes-Benz releases full details on US-spec S-Class Coupe

Mercedes-Benz USA recently released lots of new photos and lots of detailed specs on the new 2015 S-Class Coupe, including pricing and equipment.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is being launched with three models: the base S550 4MATIC Coupe, the S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe, and the S65 AMG 4MATIC Coupe.

The S550 gets power from the sedan’s 4.7L V8 good for 449bhp and 516 lb-ft of torque while the S63 gets the far more potent twin-turbo 5.5L V8 with 577bhp and 664 lb-ft of torque.

The range-topper, the V12 S65 AMG, gets the usual 6.0L twin-turbo monster mill with 621bhp and 738 lb-ft of torque.

Prices start at $119,900 for the S550 while the S65 requires a staggering $230,900.

For the details, check out the press releases after the jump.

Mercedes-Benz Announces Pricing on All-new 2015 S-Class Models

Mercedes-Benz just announced pricing on its most exclusive model, the S-Class Coupe. Launching in mid-October, the S-Class Coupe will start at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $119,900 for the S550 4MATIC Coupe and $160,900 for the S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe. The rear-wheel drive V12-powered S65 AMG Coupe launches in December and is priced at $230,900. All prices exclude $925 destination & delivery fee.

The all-new 2015 S-Class Coupe appeals to all the senses. Inside, its beautiful interior features heated armrests, hot stone seating massage, ionized air purification, and a Burmester sound system.

Combining the classic proportions of a large sporty coupe with state-of-the-art technology, the new S-Class Coupe makes a powerful statement. The long hood with pronounced lines and powerdomes, the low greenhouse with high beltline, the accentuated wheel arches as well as the large wheels (19″-20″) reinforce the S-Class Coupe’s aspirations as a masterpiece of automotive refinement.

The S-Class Coupe exemplifies the Mercedes-Benz commitment to accident-free driving with a portfolio of more than 30 standard and optional active and passive safety technologies called Intelligent Drive. The available Driver Assistance Package includes:

  • DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist: radar-based cruise control system with semi-autonomous steering inputs that can work from 0-124 mph depending on road conditions.
  • PRE-SAFE Brake: Autonomously brakes the vehicle up to 31 mph with or without driver input, and can partially mitigate accidents up to 45 mph.
  • PRE-SAFE PLUS: rear-facing radar that senses possible rear collisions and prepares the vehicle for a possible secondary incident into an active intersection.
  • BAS PLUS with Cross Traffic Assist: reads cross-traffic encounters with stereoscopic cameras and adds appropriate brake assistance to prevent an incident in an active intersection.
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist and Active Blind Spot Protection: one-sided braking.

Other Intelligent Drive safety features include ATTENTION ASSIST and Night View Assist PLUS with human and animal detection.

 

Technical Data

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
Vehicle Type Two-door, four-passenger coupe Two-door, four-passenger coupe Two-door, four-passenger coupe
Chassis Steel unibody Steel unibody Steel unibody

 

Engine

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
Type 4.7L V8 Bi-Turbo 5.5L V8 Bi-Turbo 6.0L V12 Bi-Turbo
Material Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Valve arrangement Four valves per
cylinder
Four valves per
cylinder
Three valves per
cylinder
Displacement (cc) 4,664 cc 5,461 cc 5,980 cc
Bore (in.) 3.70 3.85 3.25
Stroke (in.) 3.39 3.56 3.66
Compression ratio 10.5:1 10.0:1 9.0:1
Horsepower @ rpm 449 hp @ 5,250-
5,550 rpm
577 hp @ 5,500
rpm
621 hp
Torque (lb-ft) @ rpm 516 lb-ft @1,800-
3,500 rpm
664 lb-ft @ 2,250-
3,750 rpm
738 lb-ft
Max. engine speed (rpm) 6,300 rpm 6,500 rpm 6,100 rpm

 

Performance

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
0-60 (seconds) 4.5 3.9 4.0
Top speed
(limited) (mph)
130 186 186
Fuel economy:
city/hwy/comb
16/24/19 15/23/18 TBA

 

Transmission

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
Type 7-Speed
Automatic
7-Speed AMG
SPEEDSHIFT MCT
7-Speed AMG
SPEEDSHIFT PLUS
Drive
Configuration
4MATIC AMG Performance
4MATIC
Rear Wheel Drive
Gear ratios
1 TBA 4.38 4.38
2 TBA 2.86 2.86
3 TBA 1.92 1.92
4 TBA 1.37 1.37
5 TBA 1.00 1.00
6 TBA 0.82 0.82
7 TBA 0.73 0.73
1st Reverse Gear TBA TBA TBA
2nd Reverse Gear TBA TBA TBA
Final drive TBA 2.65 2.65

 

Suspension & Brakes

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
Suspension type AIRMATIC Air
Suspension
AMG AIRMATIC Air
Suspension
MAGIC BODY
CONTROL
Steering Rack and pinion Rack and pinion,
speed dependent,
electro-mechanical
Rack and pinion,
speed dependent,
electro-mechanical
Steering Ratio 15.6 15.5 15.2
Turning Circle 40.0 ft 39.0 ft 40.4 ft
Standard Tire Front: 245/45 R19
Rear: 275/40 R19
All-season
Front: 255/40 R20
Rear: 285/35 R20
Summer
Front: 255/40 R20
Rear: 285/35 R20
Summer
Front Wheel
Brake design
Internally ventilated
and perforated discs
Internally ventilated
and perforated discs
Internally ventilated
and perforated discs
Rear Wheel
Brake design
Internally ventilated
and perforated discs
Internally ventilated
and perforated discs
Internally ventilated
and perforated discs
Front Brake
Disc Diameter
(in.)
14.57 15.4 15.4
Front Brake
Disc Thickness
(in.)
1.42 1.41 1.41
Rear Brake Disc
Diameter (in.)
14.17 14.2 14.2
Rear Brake Disc
Thickness (in.)
1.02 1.02 1.02

 

Exterior Dimensions

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
Wheelbase 115.9 in. 115.9 in. 115.9 in.
Length 197.9 in. 198.6 in. 198.6 in.
Width excluding
mirrors
74.76 in. 75.31 in. 75.98 in.
Height 55.75 in. 56.00 in. 56.00 in.

 

Interior Dimensions

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
Head room front 37.1 in. 37.1 in. 37.1 in.
Head room rear 36.9 in. 36.9 in. 36.9 in.
Leg room, front 41.7 in. 41.7 in. 41.7 in.
Leg room, 2nd/3rd
row
33.4 in. 33.4 in. 33.4 in.

 

Capacities

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
Trunk capacity
(cu. ft.)
10.36 cu. ft. 10.36 cu. ft. 10.36 cu. ft.
Curb weight (lbs.) 4,707 lbs. 4,678 lbs. 4,839 lbs.
Fuel tank (gallons) 20.7 gallons 20.7 gallons 20.7 gallons

 

Standard Equipment

Comfort/Convenience

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG
4MATIC
S65 AMG
COMAND System with
Navigation
Ambient Lighting
LED Intelligent Light System
MAGIC VISION CONTROL
Illuminated Door Sills
Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
Soft-Close Doors
Panorama Sunroof
Power Rear Window Sunshade
Adaptive Highbeam Assist
Rearview Camera
Auto-dimming Mirrors
Wood/leather Steering Wheel $590 No charge
option
No charge
option
Power Seats with Memory
PARKTRONIC with Active
Parking Assist
KEYLESS GO with HANDSFREE
ACCESS
Nappa Leather

 

Safety/Security

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
MAGIC VISION CONTROL
ATTENTION ASSIST
COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS
PRE-SAFE
ESP
ABS
BAS
24-hour Roadside Assistance
ADAPTIVE BRAKE Technology

 

Paint Options

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
Black Standard Standard Standard
Obsidian Black Metallic Standard Standard Standard
Magnetite Black Metallic Edition 1
Only
Standard Standard
Anthracite Blue Metallic Standard Standard Standard
Iridium Silver Metallic Standard Standard Standard
Palladium Silver Metallic Standard Standard Standard
Lunar Blue Metallic Standard Standard Standard
Diamond Silver Metallic Standard Standard Standard
Ruby Black Metallic Standard Standard Standard
Emerald Green Metallic Standard Standard Standard
designo Mocha Black Metallic $2,300 $2,300 $2,300
designo Magno Cashmere
White (Matte Finish)
$3,950 $3,950 $3,950
designo Diamond White
Metallic
$795 $795 $795
designo Magno Alanite Grey
(Matte Finish)
$3,950 Edition 1
Only
$3,950

 

Upholstery Options

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
Black Nappa Leather N/A
designo Black Exclusive
Nappa Leather
$3,250 $3,250
Crystal Grey/Black Nappa
Leather
N/A
designo Crystal Grey/Black
Exclusive Nappa Leather
$3,250 $3,250
Porcelain/Espresso Brown
Nappa Leather
N/A
designo Porcelain/Espresso
Brown Exclusive Nappa
Leather
$3,250 $3,250
designo Saddle Brown/Black
Exclusive Nappa Leather
$3,250 $3,250
designo Bengal Red/Black
Exclusive Nappa Leather
Edition 1 Edition 1

 

Trim Options

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
Black Poplar Wood Standard Standard Standard
Burl Walnut Wood Standard Standard Standard
Carbon Fiber/Black Piano
Lacquer
N/A $3,700 $3,700
designo Metallized Ash Wood $800 $800 $800
designo Black Piano Lacquer $800 $800 $800
designo Black Piano Lacquer
Flowing Lines
$1,300 $1,300 $1,300

 

Packages

Premium Package

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
$3500 Standard Standard
Active Multicontour Front
Seats with Massage
Head-Up Display
Surround View Camera
Front Variable Heated Seats
PLUS

 

Driver Assistance Package

*Requires Premium 1 Package

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
$2,800 $2,800 Standard
DISTRONIC PLUS
Active Blind Spot Assist
Active Lane Keeping Assist
CMS (Collision Mitigation
System) Rear
DISTRONIC PLUS with
Steering Assist
BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic
Assist
CMS (Collision Mitigation
System) Lane
Control Code
PRE-SAFE PLUS
PRE-SAFE Brake

 

Warmth Comfort Package

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
$1,990 $1,990 Standard
Heated Rear Seats
Heated Steering Wheel
Wood Leather Steering Wheel No charge
option
No charge
option
Heated Front door panel and
center console

 

Sport Package

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
$5,900 N/A N/A
Sport Bodystyling
Sport Package Control Code
19″ AMG Twin 5-Spoke Wheel
20″ AMG Multispoke Wheel $6,650 package with 20″ wheels

 

Carbon Fiber Package

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
N/A $6,500 $5,300
Carbon Fiber Exterior Trim
Carbon Fiber Engine Cover Standard

 

Stand-Alone Options

S550 4MATIC S63 AMG 4MATIC S65 AMG
3-Spoke Leather Sport
Steering Wheel
Standard N/A N/A
3-Spoke Wood/Leather
Steering Wheel
$590 No Charge
Option
No Charge
Option
Refrigerator in Rear Center
Compartment
$1,100 $1,100 $1,100
MAGIC SKY CONTROL $2,500 $2,500 $2,500
Heated Windshield $550 $550 $550
Night View Assist PLUS $2,260 $2,260 Standard
Burmester High End 3D
Surround Sound System
$6,400 $6,400 Standard
SPLITVIEW $710 $710 $710
AMG Steering Wheel with
Perforated Side Grips
N/A Standard Standard
AMG Performance Steering
Wheel with DINAMICA Side
Grips
N/A $500 $500
designo DINAMICA Headliner Included
with designo
Upholstery
Standard N/A
designo Nappa Leather
Headliner
N/A N/A Standard
AMG Silver Painted Brake
Calipers
N/A Standard Standard
AMG Red Painted Brake
Calipers
N/A $700 $700
AMG Carbon Ceramic Braking
System
$950 $8,950 $8,950
Carbon Fiber Engine Cover N/A $1,500 Standard
AMG Floor Mats N/A Standard N/A
AMG Exclusive Floor Mats N/A Incl. with
designo
upholstery
Standard
Air Intakes and Flics in Black N/A N/A No charge
option

 

New S550 4MATIC Coupe

An aesthetic, exclusive high-end coupe

Stylistically self-assured presence, exclusive appointments and refined sportiness – the new S-Class Coupe from Mercedes-Benz combines the classic proportions of a large, sporty coupe with modern luxury and state-of-the art technology. As a world premiere, the breathtaking two-door coupe includes a touchpad as standard and can be optionally equipped with a head-up display. Available expressive headlamps, each featuring 47 Swarovski crystals, produce a uniquely striking appearance in the exclusive Edition 1 model.

“As exclusive as it gets – the ultimate in aesthetic sportiness”, stresses Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management, Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. “The breathtaking design of the Concept S-Class Coupe marked by sporty-classic proportions and sensual purity is transferred to the series-production S-Class Coupe virtually unaltered. The large coupe has always been the supreme pinnacle of our model range and that’s why it’s now called the ‘S-Class’ again.”

“The world premiere of the active curve tilting function demonstrates the possibilities offered by Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive,” notes Prof Dr Thomas Weber, member of the board of management of Daimler AG with responsibility for corporate research and Mercedes-Benz Cars development. “The vehicle leans into bends much like a motorcyclist, thereby reducing the lateral acceleration acting on the vehicle’s occupants. On country roads in particular, this means greater driving pleasure and ride comfort for our customers.” This Active Curve Tilting feature will be a standard feature on the S65 AMG Coupe. The new S-Class Coupe made its world premiere at the Geneva International Motor Show (March 6 – 16, 2014) with U.S. dealer deliveries scheduled to begin in the fall of 2014. The two-door S550 Coupe will be available in the U.S. as a 4MATIC only with a 4.7L V8 biturbo engine. The S550 Coupe has an output of 449 hp and its torque level peaks at 516 lb-ft. The sporty driving experience is significantly enhanced by the emotional sound produced by the exhaust system.

Like the S-Class Sedan, the new Coupe is available with numerous new assistance systems that make driving even more comfortable and safer. The “Intelligent Drive” systems include, among other things the PRE-SAFE® brake with pedestrian detection, DISTRONIC PLUS with Steering Assist, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive High-beam Assist and Night View Assist Plus. COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS features an additional function apart from the adaptive brake assistant, which provides collision protection from a speed of 4 mph: if there remains a danger of collision and the driver fails to respond, the system can carry out an autonomous braking maneuver at speeds of up to 65 mph, thereby reducing the severity of collisions with slower or stopping vehicles. The system also brakes in response to stationary vehicles at a speed of up to 31 mph, and is able to prevent rear-end collisions at up to 25 mph.

As in the sedan, the PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant protection system has been expanded through the inclusion of PRE-SAFE® PLUS. PRE-SAFE® PLUS can recognize an imminent rear-end collision. If the danger of a collision persists, the system can also firmly apply the parking brake on the vehicle stationary and thus minimize the risk of whiplash injuries by reducing the forward jolt caused by an impact from the rear.

Numerous standard equipment features are available to make the interior of the S-Class Coupe exceptionally luxurious and comfortable. For example, the AIR‑BALANCE package including the components “fragrancing” and “ionization” is standard. Optional equipment includes an electric armrest heating as a component of the Warmth Comfort package.

In cooperation with high-end audio specialists Burmester, two especially high-value audio systems have been developed: the standard Burmester® surround sound system and the Burmester® High-End 3D surround sound system.

Design: sensual purity at its most beguiling

Sensual purity as an expression of modern luxury – this was the focus for the designers, and is the design philosophy of Mercedes-Benz. The aim is to create clear contours and smooth surfaces that showcase high tech while radiating emotional appeal. The sensual purity is reflected in the core design values of tradition, emotion and progressivism. These make up the guiding star, and are accentuated differently depending on the model. Mercedes-Benz creates a bridge between modernity and the avant-garde, between tradition and progressivism. Each model series has an assigned role and a very specific character, depending on the attributes on which the design focuses. And yet a Mercedes-Benz is always recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz. Because in addition to incorporating new stylistic developments, and in the interests of keeping tradition alive, the designers draw from a gene-pool of styling features typical of the brand.

“Our new S-Class Coupe is one of the most gorgeous coupes of all time, representing the most radical aesthetic departure from its predecessor,” says Gorden Wagener, Vice President Daimler AG. “The sensuous flowing silhouette in interplay with the clear progressive design language forms a perfect symbiosis and expresses our philosophy of sensual purity with pithy precision.”

The exterior: flowing profile of perfect proportions

The flowing profile of the S-Class Coupe embodies sensual purity in a modern way and is emphasized by the hallmark Mercedes dropping line. The long hood with pronounced lines and powerdomes, the low greenhouse with high beltline, the accentuated wheel arches as well as the large wheels (19- to 20-inch) and the broad visual effect created by the rear reinforce the S-Class Coupe’s aspirations as a masterpiece of automotive refinement. With a wheelbase of 116 inches, the Coupe is 198 inches long, with a width of 75 inches and a height of 56 inches.

Its convex and concave modeled surfaces lend the S-Class Coupe a sensuous character. The sculpted appearance lends it classic elegance that forms a perfect symbiosis with the modern-progressive design idiom.

The view from the side is marked by the dropping line in keeping with the emotional character of the vehicle. It underscores the brand-typical proportions like a signature. The lines are deliberately reduced to the basics. This creates a sensual, timeless purity.

The creative interaction of diverse design elements lends the S-Class Coupe a superior, self-confident front: in the center of the vehicle front end is the further-evolved three-dimensional diamond radiator grille, whose structure is defined by rectangular, chrome-plated elements. It incorporates the central Mercedes three-pointed star and one louvre.

The full-LED headlamps with their iconic eyebrows as daytime running lamps lend it an extremely self-assured and distinctive gaze. On the S-Class Coupe the eyebrows have been further refined with a semi-circular counter-curve. In combination with the standard LED Intelligent Light System, the Edition 1 S550 special edition vehicle will also feature unique headlamps with no less than 47 Swarovski crystals. 17 angular crystals form the flare-shaped daytime running lamps, with 30 round-shaped crystals making up the turn indicator lamps.

The side profile is defined by the dome-shaped stretched roof line and the frameless doors. An elegant 3D continuous chrome frame surrounds the glass areas that are uninterrupted by B-pillars. This underscores the Mercedes-typical coupe look.

A muscle above the rear axle extending from the side wall generates a sense
of lightness and dynamic spirit even at a standstill. The positively arched surfaces and lines of the side walls flow into the rear end with a dramatic tapered effect.

The rear end with its surfaces, broad shoulders and distinctive character lines rounds off the emotive overall appearance. Moving the license plate mounting to the lower part of the rear bumper is a particularly striking modification. It allows the trunk lid to be made especially sleek in this area. The three-pointed star is, so to say, free-standing and can thus be made more prominent for greater effect. In addition it pivots outwards in order to locate the rearview camera and the surround view camera in an elegantly functional manner.

The arrangement of the LEDs in two horizontal rows in the two-piece tail lamps reveals cutting-edge technology and underscores the sporty character of the vehicle rear, careful attention to detail and the car’s premium value. Form and function fuse into a perfect unity. Part of the light functions is located in the wings, the other in the trunk lid. This characteristic arrangement makes the vehicle highly recognizable by night, too.

The two-part rear bumper underscores the sportiness indicated by the front design. The diffusor, painted in high-sheen black, meets in equal measure the requirements made by aerodynamics and by design. Below it there is, as in the front bumper, a horizontal wing in silver look. Integrated in the diffusor are the premium-quality tailpipes.

The S-Class Coupe features a standard panorama roof extending over two-thirds of the entire vehicle roof; with a surface area of around 1.32 m2, it appears almost 150 percent larger than on the predecessor model. MAGIC SKY CONTROL makes it possible to switch the transparency of the roof at the push of a button, from light to dark. When light, the roof is almost completely transparent and allows an open-air experience, even in the coldest weather. When dark, light transmission i.e. the proportion of outside light that is allowed through into the interior, is reduced to less than 1% and thus effectively diminishes heating up of the vehicle. In addition, it is possible to shade the interior completely by means of a roller blind.

The interior: modern luxury as avant-garde design

The interior design of the new S-Class Coupe is an expression of the Mercedes-Benz design idiom – sensual purity. An enthralling combination of sculptural sensuous volume elements and components, and the clear geometry of its basic architecture create an avant-garde design idiom. A high class appeal, quality workmanship and exceptional touch and feel are a treat for the passengers’ senses, so that the car’s interior represents the highest level of “modern luxury”.

The S-Class Coupe’s dashboard fascinates with its spectacular architecture, giving rise to a vehicle of unique character in the upper coupe segment. The dashboard is divided into a very clear top-layer section with an expansive “wrap-around” effect extending to the doors, and an extremely low, sculptural “floating” lower section. This striking architecture was made possible by repositioning the airbag to a completely new low location. This concept enables the large, two-part wide-screen format TFT display to be placed in a prominent “hovering” position in front of this trim surface. In addition, it is stylishly highlighted with an ambience lighting corona. Under the display, the sporty elevated center console extends to the vehicle rear. All lids and armrests are lavishly covered in leather.

The use of the finest materials, surfaces, color combinations and seam designs contributes towards achieving a truly exclusive car interior. Air vents, switches, belt extender rosette and trim elements are in electroplated “Silver Shadow”. This gives the trim elements a particularly high value appeal and enhances the three-dimensional effect of their surfaces.

In front of the armrest the standard touchpad can be found, with its black high-sheen surface and chrome-look surround. As on a smartphone, the touchpad allows all the head-unit functions to be operated using finger gestures. The touchpad also permits letters, numbers and special characters to be entered in handwriting – in any of the head unit’s languages. Diverse controls, e.g. for the multi-media system, are arrayed as keys in a semicircle in front of the central control element.

Both the front and the rear seats have a pronounced sporty character, the two rear seats are designed as individual seats. The Exclusive upholsteries optionally includes seats in Exclusive nappa designo leather with a striking diamond backstitching pattern on backrests and seating surfaces. The front-seat seatbelts are integrated in the rear side panelling without interrupting the waistline with windows open; seatbelt extenders make them easily accessible for the seat occupants.

There is a fluid transition between the doors and the rear side panelling, emphasizing the vehicle’s well-being quality. Here too, surfaces and controls are masterfully executed in top-quality materials; the configuration with the standard Burmester® surround sound system and the optional Burmester® High-End 3D surround sound system offers a special highlight in form and function.

New interior colors such as Bengal Red/Black, Crystal Grey/Black, Saddle Brown/Black, and Porcelain/Espresso Brown allow individualization of the interior. The standard ambient lighting with several lighting moods provides the corresponding wellness character. The customer can choose from seven lighting moods.

Less distraction: head-up display

The optional head-up display brings important information directly into
the driver’s field of vision, presenting it on the windscreen to ensure less distraction from the traffic situation. The system informs about vehicle speed, navigation instructions and driving assistance system messages.

The technical basis for this system is a specular optics system and a full-color display module with a resolution of 480 x 240 pixels, operating with
high-power LEDs. They project the virtual image, which measures around
8 x 3 inches, into the driver’s field of vision where it appears to float around two meters away above the hood. The resolution of more than 60 pixels per degree of viewing angle ensures a needle-sharp image. A special light sensor located near the top edge of the roof automatically adjusts the brightness of the head-up display to the exterior lighting conditions.

Emotive-sporty sound: exhaust system with flaps

The emotive sound of the exhaust system makes a decisive contribution to
the sporty driving experience. The deeper sound components ensure a fuller, sportier sound. In the transversally positioned rear silencer of the twin-pipe exhaust system there are two flaps that can be opened and closed pneumatically depending on the engine speed.

When the flaps are open the exhaust gases are conducted through the rear silencer along a different path so that the vehicle sound becomes more powerful. The switching point of the flaps depends upon the drive program selected – in the S program the flaps open earlier than in the E program. As soon as the S-Class Coupe engine starts, the power of its sound can be heard.

A long tradition: large coupes from Mercedes-Benz

The history of the large post-war Mercedes coupes dates back to the year 1952, when Mercedes-Benz launched the legendary 300 S Coupe – a “car for the world’s elite” as the automotive press of the time judged. It was followed in 1956 by the 220 S Coupe of model series W 180, which created a sensation in particular due to its self-supporting pontoon body. From 1961 to 1971 the long-drawn out elegant Coupe of model series W111/W112 enthralled no less than 29,918 highly discerning customers, who were able to choose between the Type 220 SEb Coupe six-cylinder models and the Type 280 SE 3.5 Coupe eight-cylinder models.

The SEC coupes of model series C 126, which remained in the program of the Stuttgart-based automotive brand for ten years and of which over 74,000 were sold, were based on the S-Class of 1981. In 1992 the successor model (model series C 140) was presented at the Geneva Motor Show, also featuring for the first time as a S600 Coupe with a 389 hp twelve-cylinder engine. It was to be the car in which the Electronic Stability Program ESP® had its world premiere in 1995. Later on this coupe was renamed “CL-Class”. Another forefather of the new S-Class Coupe celebrated its world première under this name in March 1999. With pioneering innovations such as active ABC suspension (Active Body Control) and bi-xenon headlamps this two-door car set new standards.

Supreme exclusivity and sophisticated design combined with trend-setting state-of-the-art technology were combined in the last CL-Class (2006).
This luxury coupe opened up a new dimension of vehicle safety with the introduction of the PRE-SAFE® brake. Beyond this, Mercedes innovations
such as the Intelligent Light System with five light functions and PRE-SAFE® preventive occupant safety were also part of the vehicle’s standard equipment.

The new S-Class Coupe and its innovations seamlessly continue the tradition of large coupes into the future and will launch in the U.S. this fall with the S550 4MATIC.

The new Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe

Breathtaking and irresistible

The new S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe is the latest dream car to augment the Mercedes-AMG model range. Exciting lines underpin this two-door model’s design. Power and sensual purity combine to give the vehicle irresistible presence and breathtaking performance. Equally impressive is the combination of outstanding driving dynamics, advanced lightweight construction and groundbreaking efficiency. The AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine is a paragon of poise and assurance. Boasting an output of 577 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque, the S63 AMG Coupe delivers exceptional performance with remarkably low fuel consumption. In addition, AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive (33/67% split) will come standard in the U.S. market for optimum traction in any driving situation.

Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “The new S63 AMG Coupe is another exciting AMG dream car in the luxury segment. Now the S-Class Coupe also comes with performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive – as we rigorously pursue our all-wheel-drive initiative. Mercedes-AMG is putting the pedal to the metal again in the new year. Our model initiative is set to continue at blistering pace in 2014.”

Up to 128 pounds lighter thanks to AMG Lightweight Performance

The S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe is the latest model to benefit from the systematic implementation of the AMG Lightweight Performance strategy. Lightweight construction has reduced the vehicle weight by up to 128 pounds – even though the car has a higher output and more extensive standard equipment than the preceding model. This weight savings was achieved largely thanks to the use of a lightweight lithium-ion battery, optional AMG forged light-alloy wheels and a weight-optimized AMG high-performance composite braking system. Furthermore, the entire outer skin and the front end of the body are made of aluminium. The reduced weight improves driving dynamics and cuts fuel consumption, while the low power-to-weight ratio results in impressive performance: the S63 AMG Coupe accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in an estimated 3.9 seconds and goes on to reach a top speed of 186 mph (electronically limited).

In terms of maximum output, torque and fuel consumption, the AMG 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine remains one of the most efficient series-produced V8 engines of all. With an output of 577 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, the AMG eight-cylinder unit meets even the most demanding of requirements.

ompared to the previous CL63 AMG model, engine output has been increased by 41 hp and torque by 74 lb-ft. Yet the S63 AMG Coupe still consumes less fuel.

The model at a glance:

S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe
Displacement 5461 cc
Output 577 hp
at 5,500 rpm 
Max. torque 664 lb-ft at 2,250-3,750 rpm
Fuel consumption TBD
Curb weight
4,678 lbs
Acceleration
0 – 60 mph
3.9 s (est.)
Top speed 186 mph*

* electronically limited

Individuality: AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission combines perfectly with the V8 biturbo engine. Maximum agility and exciting dynamics are the two key strengths of this transmission, which is used exclusively at AMG. Drivers can configure their own personal set-up, depending on their driving style. There are three modes to choose from: “C” (Controlled Efficiency), “S” (Sport) and “M” (Manual). The ECO start/stop function is fitted as standard.

AMG sport exhaust system with automatic exhaust flaps

Emotional and sporty performance or restrained and relaxing cruising: the S63 AMG Coupe even has a choice of bespoke sounds. The AMG sport exhaust system meets individual driver requirements as it has automatic logic-controlled exhaust flaps in both rear silencers. When the transmission is in “C” (Controlled Efficiency) mode, the flaps remain closed in most situations, in which case the eight-cylinder biturbo engine’s sound is more understated. In “S” (Sport) and “M” (Manual) modes, the exhaust flaps open earlier and more spontaneously, especially if the driver prefers a dynamic driving style. The result is an even fuller, hallmark AMG emotive engine sound.

“One man, one engine”: a tradition of hand-built excellence

Like all AMG V8 and V12 engines, the eight-cylinder biturbo engine for the S63 AMG Coupe is assembled by hand at the AMG engine shop in Affalterbach. Highly qualified engine fitters assemble the engines in Affalterbach according to the strictest quality standards based on the “one man, one engine” philosophy. Apart from serving as an AMG hallmark confirming superlative precision and production quality, the AMG engine plate bearing the engine technician’s signature also attests to the peerless DNA of Mercedes-Benz high-performance brand.

Performance-oriented AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive

U.S. market with the AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. With permanent all-wheel drive, 33 percent of the engine torque is sent to the front axle and 67 percent to the rear axle. The rear-biased power distribution provides the signature AMG high driving dynamics and superlative driving enjoyment as well as boosting acceleration from a standing start. The all-wheel drive also enhances driving safety on wet or wintry road surfaces when equipped with winter tires**. Optimum traction is guaranteed by a multi-disc clutch with a locking effect of 37 lb-ft, which maximizes the frictional connection potential of all four wheels.

**all S63 AMG Coupe and Sedan models come equipped with standard summer performance tires.

AIRMATIC air suspension

The S63 AMG Coupe 4MATIC features the full air-suspension system AIRMATIC with the adaptive damping system ADS PLUS. Specific front axle kinematics – including higher camber, a larger anti-roll bar and a stiffer subframe carrier on the rear axle – have been developed exclusively for the S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe. These measures enhance the vehicle’s agility for performance driving.

Systematic lightweight construction: Available AMG forged wheels

The S63 AMG Coupe is available with optional AMG forged light-alloy wheels. This design reduces weight while at the same time increasing strength. The lower unsprung masses result in advantages in terms of handling and spring/damper element response.

Optional wheels include 10-spoke forged wheels painted in titanium grey with a polished finish – 8.5 x 20 at the front and 9.5 x 20 at the rear, with 255/40 R 20 and 285/35 R 20 tires respectively. The forged wheels feature a high-quality, screwable and fully integrated wheel bolt cover made of forged luminium. Its shape is reminiscent of a center lock as seen in motorsport. The AMG logo is integrated into one of the ten spokes. These forged wheels are also available painted in matte black with a high-sheen rim flange.

AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system as an option for the first time

Short stopping distances and rapid deceleration are a given for the S63 AMG Coupe, which is equipped with a weight-optimized, fade-resistant AMG high-performance composite brake system. An AMG ceramic high-performance composite brake system is available as an option. This design, which is more than 20 percent lighter, ensures lower unsprung masses and enhanced braking performance.

Design: AMG combines sensual purity with breaktaking performance

The S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe also boasts exciting looks to emphasize its sporty performance: it exudes power and hallmark Mercedes-Benz sensual purity. The design is a stage for the exciting technology at the heart of the new dream car. Numerous aerodynamic elements underline the outstanding driving dynamics: the front end is dominated by the three-dimensional AMG “twin-blade” radiator grille in silver shadow (a matte silver finish). Whether in motion or stationary, distinctive AMG lettering between the twin-blade lamellas leaves no doubt: this is a high-performance model from Affalterbach. The A-wing is located below the radiator grille. This three-dimensional air-ducting element is painted in the body color, spans the entire width of the front apron and displays the stylized “A” that is a hallmark of AMG vehicles. Large, black flics surround the outer cooling air intakes. Down below, the front splitter in silver shadow optimizes the flow of air to the cooling modules. This design feature, which is a familiar sight in motorsport, also reduces front-axle lift and enhances the vehicle’s aerodynamic balance.

All of the cooling air grilles exude high quality with their high-gloss-black paint finish. Keeping the A-wing and front splitter separate makes the car appear closer to the road. A similar effect is created by the AMG side sill panels with their high-quality, three-dimensional inserts in silver shadow. Together with the lower feature line, these inserts make the S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe exude energy even when it is at a standstill. Further eye-catching features of the side design include the large AMG designed wheels. “V8 BITURBO” lettering in a new, contemporary typography on the front wings is another hallmark AMG design touch.

At the rear, the diffuser insert in high-gloss black also catches the eye right away. The lower trim element in silver shadow is reminiscent of the A-wing at the front and provides an effective contrast. The two chromed twin tailpipes of the AMG sport exhaust system with sport flaps are perfectly integrated into the diffuser insert. Stylized, vertical air outlets in the rear apron assume the role of a defined spoiler lip and optimize aerodynamics. The “S 63 AMG” model designation in a new, contemporary typography below the tail lamps adds the perfect finishing touch to the rear-end design.

Interior: Captivating luxury, quality and exclusivity

Opening the door reveals the luxurious interior of the S63 AMG Coupe: the instrument panel almost seamlessly transitions into the doors in a wrap-around design. High-quality materials and fine workmanship are combined with a sporty and exclusive design idiom. The newly developed AMG sport seats with power adjustment, memory function and seat heating/ventilation offer the driver and front passenger optimum lateral support. Fine AMG design Nappa leather with piping together with AMG badges on all four seat backrests and an embossed AMG emblem on the armrest of the front center console create an exquisite atmosphere.

The new three-spoke AMG sport steering wheel with its distinctively contoured rim and perforated leather in the grip area allows perfect vehicle control. There is an AMG logo in the lower metal insert, and new aluminium shift paddles shorten the reaction time when changing gears to enhance performance. Another feature displaying the hallmark AMG look is the high-resolution TFT color AMG instrument cluster with two animated round dials. In addition to the specific lettering and the needles in red/silver, further distinctive design features include the AMG start-up display, the AMG logo in the speedometer 200 mph scale (left) and the “V8 BITURBO” lettering in the rev counter (right).

The new, innovative touchpad, included as standard equipment, makes it significantly easier to operate the radio, telephone and navigation system. The safety and assistance systems are the same as those for the S550 4MATIC Coupe.

Even more exclusivity: the S63 AMG Coupe “Edition 1”

One particularly exclusive model in the range is the S63 AMG Coupe “Edition 1. The expressive arrangement of exclusive exterior and interior details arouses pure fascination. The irresistible look of the exterior is created from designo Magno Alanite Grey matte finish paint and Swarovski crystals in the LED high-performance headlamps. The exquisite ambience of the interior includes AMG sport seats upholstered in designo Exclusive Nappa Leather in bengal red/black with contrasting topstitching and piping. In keeping with this color scheme, the upper section of the dashboard, the front and rear center armrests, and the door linings are trimmed in nappa leather with contrasting topstitching, while the headliner is in finished in DINAMICA. The Edition 1 features a high level of equipment including the AMG Carbon Ceramic Braking System

World premiere and market launch in 2014

The S63 AMG Coupe will celebrate its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show in April 2014. The United States market launch of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe 4MATIC will be in Fall 2014.

Chris Chin

Editor-In-Chief of egmCarTech Freelance Automotive Journalist / Editor / Photographer

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