£104K buys Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Order books open for re-engined Coupe line.

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Dealers are now taking orders for the updated Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, with prices starting from £104,115.

Entry model to the flagship range, unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September, is the S 560, replacing the outgoing S 500. Major change to the model is its 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 petrol engine, producing 469hp and 700Nm of torque. The S 560 will reach 62mph from rest in 4.6 seconds and go on to an electronically-limited 155mph, while returning combined-cycle fuel economy of 34mpg and producing CO2 emissions of 188g/km.

Above the S 560 sit two AMG variants, the S 63 and S 65. The £128,015 S 63 uses AMG’s own 4.0-litre twin-turbo unit. With 612hp and 900Nm on tap the 0-62mph time is 4.2 seconds, alongside 31.7mpg and 203g/km. The S 65, costing from £189,615, is powered by a 6-litre V12 engine with 630hp and a torque figure of 1000Nm. This cuts another tenth of a second from the 62mph sprint time to 4.1sec, while like the S 63 top speed remains limited to 155mph. Official efficiency figures for the top model are 23.7mpg and 279g/km.

Buyers will only be able to buy the S 560 in AMG Line trim. Highlights of the equipment list include wireless phone charging, air suspension; a 12.3-inch widescreen cockpit and infotainment display; a panoramic sunroof, a memory package including electrically adjustable seats and steering wheel and ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours.

Owners of the S 63 will also enjoy massaging seats and various AMG accessories including a sports exhaust and suspension, sports seats finished in Nappa leather, a bespoke grille and 20-inch alloy wheels. S 65 models, meanwhile add a Burmester high-end sound system, intelligent lights with Swarovski crystals fitted, a head-up display, 360-degree camera and extra comfort and driver aids.

Standard on the S 63 and S 65 is the Driving Assistance package ranging across several electronic aids such as distance and steering controls, speed limit, braking and evasive steering assistance, and blind-spot and lane-keeping systems. The package also includes route-based speed adaptation, slowing the car down as it approaches junctions, roundabouts and toll roads.

S 560 owners can buy the Driving Assistance package as a £2,580 option, or £1,695 if specified with the £4,995 Premium Equipment line, adding such niceties as Nappa leather, a 360-degree camera and the various extra comfort packages.

First deliveries of the new S-Class Coupe models are expected in January 2018.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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