The CL-Class might be history but only a few will be disappointed after seeing its spiritual successor, the all-new S-Class Coupe which has made its debut today at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Envisioned as a "top-of-the-line model", the concept appears to be pretty much production-ready and thankfully it looks considerably different than its four-door siblings. The front fascia adopts a more aggressive appearance while the back is now home to sleek new horizontal taillights. The elegant and curvy lines of the regular S-Class have been taken to a whole new level as the Coupe concept looks gorgeous from just about any angle.
The muscular wheel arches host redesigned 21-inch wheels separated between the axles by a generous 2945mm wheelbase. The S-Class coupe concept is 5050mm long, 1985mm wide and 1409mm tall while under the hood hosts a V8 4,633cc Biturbo engine developing 455 bhp (339 kW) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft).
Moving inside we notice a slightly modified layout with a white instrument panel and a more sculpted shape of its lower area thanks to the repositioning of the airbags. The ventilation nozzles are manufactured from white aluminum with ceramic-like inserts and brushed/polished aluminum. The two 12.3-inch screens have an 8:3 aspect ratio and are slimmer than the ones in the regular S-Class. Other interior highlights include aluminum door panels, supple calfskin for the seats and instrument panel, together with a handmade silk carpet and a hand-woven silk roofline.
It benefits from the Intelligent Drive technology comprising of two stereo cameras providing a 3D view of the area up to approximately 50 meters in front of the car with support for object detection and movement. It also monitors the car's surroundings over a range of up to 500 meters and will detect surface undulations to help the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension make the necessary changes to avoid a bumpy ride.
A production version will likely be unveiled in January 2014 at the North American International Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
Find out more info in the attached press release.