It does, however, have volcanic power that ensures it’s fast enough to satisfy your primitive demands and desires. A 4.7-litre petrol engine opens the range. Fitted to the S500 model, it produces 449bhp, and does 0-62 in 4.6 seconds.
The S63 AMG is next in line, with its muscular 5.5-litre 577bhp V8 engine that’s only fractionally quicker. And although the S65 AMG model and its monster 6.0-litre V12 engine adds an extra 53bhp, it’s also only marginally quicker.
With all that in mind, we prefer the S500 model. It’s just as fast as the Maserati, and proves to be a good rival.
You’ve got a choice between a 7-speed automatic, and 9-speed automatic transmission. The nine-speed ‘box changes gear quicker, though it’s not available with the AMG models.
In terms of running costs, it’s best if you don’t have high expectations. This is a big car and these are some mammoth engines. The S500 is the most affordable of the lot, but it can only return 30mpg at best. It also emits 219g/km of CO2.
The S63 AMG model returns 28mpg economy, while the S65 AMG returns 23.7mpg at best. That’s only the official figure, however.
The interior was always going to be classy. A) this is a Mercedes. B) it’s based on the S-Class Saloon, which is already known as one of the most comfortable cars on the planet. Air suspension is added to the Coupe to smooth out lumps and bumps, and the contoured leather seats cushion you even further.
The dashboard is pristine, the fit and finish is excellent, and you’ll feel like a million dollars.
There is also lots of room, both upfront and in the rear. Yep, Mercedes have added a pair of rear seats that are spacious and comfy. Access is difficult, but once your passengers are in they should be happy enough. Make no mistake, the S-Class Coupe isn’t as flush with space as the Saloon, but we don’t think there will be too many complaints.
Unusually for a car like this, a panoramic sunroof comes as standard rather than as an extra. Thankfully, it doesn’t reduce rear headroom.
The boot, meanwhile, measures 400-litres.
Maserati – £83,800 – £120,365
Mercedes – £100,985 – £188,600