Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé

Mercedes-Benz has finally dropped the first official batch of photos for its all-new S-Class Coupé, a car that builds on the appreciated characteristics of the sedan by adding touches unique to it and the elegant styling.

For instance, there are optionally available headlights which feature 47 Swarovski crystals each ("17 angular crystals form the flare-shaped daytime running lamps, with 30 round-shaped crystals making up the turn indicator lamps"), and there's even a function in the (also optional) Magic Body Control adaptive suspension system that tilts the car into corners for improved stability and occupant comfort.

Other innovations include an optional head-up display (HUD) and a touchpad feature that allows for drawing of characters instead requiring you to type them. However, we've heard that these character recognition systems are clunky sometimes and that's made worse when they are used by lefties…

Design-wise, it does stick very close to the concept, and the overall shape actually looks to be identical, with only some minor detail changes - they should still find room in the range for a model that uses the motor show car's wheels, or ones similar to those, for their aesthetic benefit; available sizes for wheels will range between 18 - 20 inches.

It measures 5,027 mm, with a wheelbase of 2,945 mm, a width of 1,899 mm, rising 1411 mm off the ground. That means the new car has a 9 mm shorter wheelbase, is a good 40 mm shorter overall, but it's a tad wider and lower than its W216 predecessor (the CL).

The S-Class Coupé will make its official debut in the metal on March 6, at the Geneva motor show, where additional information about it will be shared.

For now we know it will only come with a 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 455 hp and 700 Nm at first, but it will eventually end up receiving the S-Class sedan's entire engine range bar the entry level units; at least that was the case with the old CL - this model is badged S500. The exhaust system for this engine features mobile flaps that open for more noise when you want it.

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