Following the successful début of the latest S-Class saloons, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a concept at the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show that shows the design direction they are taking for the 2 door coupé version of their range-topping model. The Mercedes-Benz Concept S-Class Coupé
, to give it its full name, is just over 5 metres long at 5050 mm, and sits on a wheelbase of 2945 mm. The engine is a bi-turbo 4.7 litre V8 that produces 455 PS (335 kW) of power and 700 N·m (516 lb·ft) of torque. What's under the bonnet is less important than the exterior design cues though, for this is going to resemble the production S-Class Coupé very closely.
The front incorporates the new Mercedes-Benz front look, with a dramatic grille, flanked by slanted headlights mounted slightly above the top edge of the grille and the stippled chrome effect in the areas where cooling air is to flow through.
From the side, the wheelarches are muscular and extend outwards from the rest of the body. A high belt line runs along the flanks of the car, starting over the front wheelarches and extending rearwards to the rear wheelarches. The swept-back windscreen and shallow side glass profile give the Concept S-Class Coupé a dramatically low look.
Moving around to the rear, there are hints of the SLS AMG about the rear screen, which is no bad thing. The boot line is neat and compact, with just a slight over-embellishment of chrome about the backside compromising an otherwise compact and understated look. This car has a gentle, loping look about it, which conveys a definite sense that it is all about munching up the miles on the motorway with the greatest of ease.
This should be an accurate pointer to the look of the forthcoming production S-Class Coupé, and it continues Mercedes-Benz' recent design resurgence.