With the four-door Mercedes-Benz S-Class benefiting from a number of upgrades and elegance updates for the 2018 mannequin yr, it wouldn’t be becoming to depart the German luxurious sedan’s two-door variants within the mud. However fairly than rolling out S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet variants regularly over the subsequent yr or so, Benz is bringing all of them to Frankfurt, which suggests we’re seeing every part from the base-level Coupe and Cabriolet (now designated the S560, similar to the sedan) to the warmer AMG S63 and S65 coupe and drop-top directly.
Yep, that’s six up to date S-Class two-doors to maintain monitor of, all dropping directly.
Happily, mechanical specs are very related between the respective hardtop and rag-top variants. The newly rechristened S560 variations are powered by a four.Zero-liter turbo V8; coupes are all-wheel drive, whereas cabrios are both all- or rear-wheel drive.
The largest powertrain change right here is the S63’s new four.Zero-liter turbocharged V8; as with the AMG S63 sedan, the smaller AMG motor replaces the 5.5-liter V8 underneath the hood of 2017 fashions. Although torque stays regular at 664 lb-ft, the smaller motor produces 26 extra horses for a complete of 603.
AMG S65 automobiles nonetheless get the 6.Zero-liter V12 with its 621 hp and spectacular 738 lb-ft of torque; each S65 coupe and cabrio are rear-wheel drive solely.
The Zero-60 instances and prime speeds for each coupes and cabrios are four.5 seconds/130 mph, three.four seconds/186 mph and four.Zero seconds/186 mph for the S560, S63 and S65 automobiles, respectively.
Gallery: 2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe and Cabriolet revealed
Visually, the entire automobiles get new entrance and rear fascias, however that is most noticeable on the AMG variants; S63 and S65 coupes and cabriolets now put on the toothed “Panamericana” grille that we first noticed, in its fashionable incarnation at the very least, on the AMG GT.
Past that, there’s extra tech than ever inside these items. Not content material to let the brand new Audi A8 steal the entire semi-autonomous thunder, Mercedes-Benz loaded up its flagship sedan with extra driver help know-how than ever earlier than; it’s all right here on the two-doors, too. Lively lane change help, which is able to swap lanes for you should you hit the blinker and the automobile detects an empty adjoining lane, migrates to the S-Class from the E-Class. Lively steering help, in the meantime, now works at a wider vary of speeds and thru curves of a tighter radius, and it’s supposedly better-equipped to deal with sketchy or non-existent highway markings.
Different techniques, like blind spot help, are honed to work at a wider vary of speeds and underneath an rising vary of circumstances. Autonomy may not be right here but, but it surely appears to be doing its finest to creep up on us…
Gallery: 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet revealed
Whereas the S-Class sedan is arriving in dealerships at this very second, the entire two-door automobiles will present up “mid-2018,” in line with Benz. Pricing will likely be introduced nearer to the launch date.