Mercedes updates S-Class Coupé and Cab

Posted on Sep 6, 2017 by

Mercedes has put the midlife facelift touch to the S-Class Coupé and Cabriolet range including the hot AMG models — the all-wheel drive S63 is quicker than AMG’s own GT R supercar…

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After updating the S-Class sedan earlier this year (just on sale in the Middle East — read our test drive here), has now put the Coupé and Cabriolet models through the midlife facelift phase in time for their world debut next week.

Available in both soft-top and closed body styles, when the cars go on sale around the middle of next year the range will start with the V8-engined S560 and go on to the Mercedes-AMG S63 and S65. At a later stage the current S400 (not sold in the GCC) will likely be replaced by an S450 powered by the company’s new inline six-cylinder engine making over 400 horsepower. 

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The big draws are of course the cars from Affalterbach, the AMG models, with the base version, if you could call it that, replacing its old 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 with the new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 also found in the S63 sedan. Mated to a new nine-speed automatic transmission, the motor puts 603 horsepower down to all four wheels and produces a maximum of 900Nm of torque.

The range-topping AMG S65 Coupé (or Cabriolet…) comes with a 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged V12 worth 621 horsepower and a neat 1,000Nm of torque. Not surprisingly the V12 model is so heavy (2.2 tonnes) that the the lighter S63 outpaces the S65 from 0-100km/h by 0.6 seconds. The S63 will do the sprint in 3.5 seconds, to be exact, which is also a tenth quicker than AMG’s all-out GT R supercar.

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Styling-wise this is a subtle facelift, with some extra chrome garnish up front and OLED taillights at the back. Customers will get three new trim lines to choose from and new upholstery options, as well as two new 12.3-inch screens inside, just like in the S-Class sedan.

The car’s Magic Body Control system — a roll-mitigating function that tilts the car into the turns by up to 2.65 degrees — is now improved with new camera tech that sees and reads the road ahead clearer, so it can prepare the car’s ride and handling to suit. Again, as in the S-Class sedan, the Coupé and Cabriolet models both feature semi-autonomous assistance modes that can basically pilot the car on clearly marked roads, and even autonomously overtake slower vehicles.

Look out for the S-Class Coupé and Cabriolet to make their likely regional debut in the UAE at November’s .

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