With a wheelbase of 2945 mm, length of 5050 mm, width of 1958 mm and standing 1409 mm tall, it’s slightly shorter, wider and lower than the current S-Class, but is styled totally differently. The reverse-rake face takes cues from the CLA with its three-dimensional radiator grille, wide expanse of air intakes and diamond-shaped LED headlights. In profile the long hood, dome-shaped stretched roof line, frameless doors and sculpted waistline take centre stage, while the lightly flared wheel arches house 21-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. Finally, the stubby rear features wraparound LED tail-lights connected by a chrome strip spanning the width of the trunk lid, while the diffuser frames a pair of slimline tailpipes.
Moving inside the cabin – which is said to be inspired by a whale’s fluke (not a euphemism), the instrument panel and seats are upholstered from supple calfskin, with the carpets and roof-lining hand-crafted from silk and the door panels from computer-milled aluminium. There’s a pair of ‘floating’ 30.7-cm (12.3-inch) colour displays, while the ventilation nozzles are finished in a mix of white and polished aluminium, with the centre console in a new ‘black diamond’ finish. The highly scratch-resistant surface is created by a chemical vapour deposit process, which deposits a precious metal on a high-sheen chrome surface at temperatures of 1000°C.
All the technology is carried over from the S-Class Saloon, including Road Surface Scan, which uses the stereo camera to detect undulations in the road before the Magic Body Control system adjusts the suspension in advance to suit the situation. Most notably, the Coupe is equipped with the Intelligent Drive technology recently seen in the autonomous S-Class. Thanks to two ‘camera eyes’ the stereo camera can get a three-dimensional view of the area up to about 50 metres in front of the vehicle, with 6DVision detecting the position and movement of objects. It monitors the surroundings ahead of the vehicle over a range of up to 500 metres. This data is combined with the data from the radar and ultrasound sensors, reducing the burden on the driver.
Propulsion comes from the S 500’s 4.7-litre V8 petrol unit developing 335 kW (455 hp) and 700 Nm of torque, enough for a 0-100 km/h time of around four seconds.