Mercedes-Benz introduces 2018 S-Class Coupe, S63 and S65 AMG Coupe facelifts

Article by Christian A., on September 8, 2017

When Mercedes-Benz unveiled the face-lifted or updated sedan (or saloon) version of the S-Class for the 2018 model year, the carmaker stunned the public with new front and rear fascias, new grille design, new engines and an array of innovative technologies. Of course, it was expected that Mercedes-Benz would also update the coupe and cabriolet versions of its flagship model.

Now, the German carmaker is officially confirming those updates with the face-lifted 2018 Mercedes S-Class Coupe and 2018 Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet models. Both new models will be formally unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

As expected, the updates on the 2018 Mercedes S-Class Coupe were more or less the same as the extensive tweaks implemented on the 2018 S-Class Saloon. For instance, the new S-Class Coupe is provided with new or functionally extended driving assistance systems, integrated Energizing comfort control and the latest infotainment generation.

The new S-Class Coupe is also gifted with a modern control and display concept with Widescreen Cockpit, new generation of steering wheels and new OLED tail lamps. OLED (organic light emitting diode) tail lamps employ wafer-thin layers of organic materials printed on a glass plate and made to illuminate. A total of floating 66 ultra-flat OLEDs -- 33 left and 33 right – results to an unmistakable light signature as combined with a Coming Home function.

New S-Class Coupe is also provided with Active Steering Assist and Active Distance Control DISTRONIC, which could automatically adjust speed ahead of bends, junctions or roundabouts.

The new Mercedes S-Class Coupe will be offered in four models: the new base S450 Coupe, the S560 Coupe, the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe, and the Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe. The S450 Coupe is powered by a 3.0 liter V6 petrol engine – with a new gliding function -- that delivers 270 kW (367 hp) of max output and 500 Nm of peak torque, as sent to the wheels 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. The new S450 Coupe could sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 5.5 seconds.

2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe Facelift

Meanwhile, the new 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe is the successor to the 2017 S550 Coupe. Powering the S560 Coupe is a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine that generates 345 kW (469 hp) of max output and 700 Nm (516 lb.-ft.) of peak torque – the unit found in the new S560 Sedan.

This power is good enough to send the S560 Coupe dashing from nil to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds (zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds).

Exclusive features include a redesigned steering wheel with new touch control buttons as well as a 12.3-inch COMAND infotainment screen merged with the instrument panel.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe Facelift

The two AMG versions – the AMG S63 Coupe and AMG S65 Coupe – are differentiated from the S450 Coupe and S560 Coupe by donning the multi-slatted Panamericana grille. This design was first seen on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R sports car and is slowly being adopted in the AMG lineup. The 2018 AMG S63 Coupe and AMG S65 Coupe are the latest to don this new grille design.

Powering the AMG S63 Coupe is a 4.0-liter AMG V8 engine with direct injection, biturbo forced induction and cylinder deactivation. This engine sends 450 kW (612 hp) of max output and 900 Nm 664 lb.-ft. of peak torque to all wheels through the AMG Speedshift MCT nine-speed transmission. It could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.5 seconds and achieve an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.

2018 Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe Facelift

On the other hand, the AMG S65 Coupe is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 unit -- with port injection and biturbo forced induction -- that delivers 463 kW (630 hp) of max output and 1,000 Nm (738 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This power level is sent to the rear wheels through AMG Speedshift TCT seven-speed transmission.

While the top-end AMG S65 Coupe is more powerful than the AMG S63 Coupe, it is not as quick. In fact, the AMG S65 Coupe could sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.1 seconds. However, the AMG S65 Coupe is as fast as the AMG S63 Coupe, with top speed limited electronically at 250 km/h.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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