Mercedes-Benz S Class Amg Coupe
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Review Of The Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG Coupe
JTNDY2VudGVyJTNFJTNDaWZyYW1lJTIwd2lkdGglM0QlMjI1NjAlMjIlMjBoZWlnaHQlM0QlMjIzMTUlMjIlMjBzcmMlM0QlMjJodHRwcyUzQSUyRiUyRnd3dy55b3V0dWJlLmNvbSUyRmVtYmVkJTJGWkdVT2VQNWUxSFklMjIlMjBmcmFtZWJvcmRlciUzRCUyMjAlMjIlMjBnZXN0dXJlJTNEJTIybWVkaWElMjIlMjBhbGxvdyUzRCUyMmVuY3J5cHRlZC1tZWRpYSUyMiUyMGFsbG93ZnVsbHNjcmVlbiUzRSUzQyUyRmlmcmFtZSUzRSUzQyUyRmNlbnRlciUzRQ==For some, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG Coupe is going to be as extravagant a car as they come. It’s colossal, weighs two tons, practically runs on gold, is saturated in opulence, and not exactly what you’d call practical. It’s the ultimate in self-indulgence, a car made for those who would be King – and it’s damn exciting.
If you’re an interested buyer, you only need to take a look at some of its nearest rivals, such as the Bentley Continental GT, to see that this coupe actually represents good value for money.
But if you can afford the list price, this is certainly a car well worth taking a closer look at. OSV does just that with our Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG Coupe review.
On The Road
[vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”37467″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″]The wheelbase here is shorter than the one found in the S-Class Saloon, and it contributes to a sharper and more entertaining behind-the-wheel experience. That’s an incredible feat when you consider just how fun to drive the saloon variant is.
But what prevents this coupe from feeling like an out and out sports car is its weight. It’s heavy. Undeniably so. Weighing over 2,000kg, it’s one of the heaviest cars in its class, and while the huge amount of power is enough to make it a quick and relaxed cruiser, it’s never going to be balletic.
The handling is good, despite all that bulk, while the ride is comfortable enough. The introduction of clever tech, meanwhile, has helped to ensure smoothness. For example, Active Curve Tilting relies on cameras that scan the road ahead to adjust your suspensions setup so that the car can deal with nasty bumps or sharp bends. This is an extension of Magic Body Control, a feature that was used in the S-Class saloon, and which is getting better all the time.
There are three petrol units on offer – and no diesels. Diesel units might be possible in theory, but it’s likely that Mercedes reckon they will only water down the desirability of this car.The engines are all solid choices, though, and all of them are incredibly quick and powerful. The base-level 4.7-lire unit develops 449bhp and can get you from rest to 62mph in 4.6 seconds, while the 5.5-litre 577bhp V8 unit should be a better performance on paper, but it’s only a smidgen faster. The 6.0-litre 630bhp V12 unit, meanwhile, is only a tenth quicker than the entry-level unit.
Interior, Design & Build
This car replaces the CL-Class Coupe which looked a lot like the S-Class saloon from which it was based. This time around, Mercedes have worked hard to create a more distinct look. The bodywork is sharper, while a sloping roof and long bonnet are also new features that mark it out as very much its own man. It strikes a handsome pose, though it’s not what you’d call beautiful.[vc_column_inner width=”1/2″]The S-Class saloon is one of the most comfortable cars around, so it makes a lot of sense to expect the S-Class AMG Coupe to offer plenty of comfort, too. And it does. Air suspension helps to smooth out our most battered roads, and contoured leather seats offer plenty of support on lengthier trips. The interior is luxurious, with upmarket materials covering every single inch, while everything that makes the saloon special is also included here, including the infotainment system, and a pair of massive display screens.[vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”37470″ img_size=”article-image”]There is lots of space up front for you and your passenger – as well as lots of space in the rear for two further adults. The space on offer is more than was available in the outgoing Mercedes CL-Class, although access is a little tricky. The front seats do slide forward electronically, but getting into the back is still going to be a bit of a comedy scene at times.
Naturally, legroom isn’t as good as it is in the saloon, and rear seat occupants will find it hard to stretch out and limber up. But head and legroom overall is decent and pretty much what you expect in a car like this. It comes with a standard panoramic sunroof, and this covers almost all of the roof.
[vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”37471″ img_size=”article-image”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″]Standard is decent across the range, with even the entry-level variants benefiting from LED headlights, electrically adjustable seats, sat-nav, Bluetooth connectivity, and 2 massive TFT screens on the dash. The range-topping model adds heated and vented massage seats, a 360-degree camera, a TV, and a huge twenty-four speaker Burmester Stereo.
Once you start ticking off the options, you might find yourself trapped in a fiscal hurricane. Opt for a small fridge in the back and you’d have to splash out a grand, while the panoramic roof will set you back £4,000.
Costs Of The Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG Coupe
Prices for this car start out from around £98,000 and rise to £185,500. Contract Hire are likely to be between £1800 – £3,800 + VAT if you choose to lease this AMG Coupe over three years. However a purchase finance scheme may be a better option on this vehicle.
Running costs are not cheap, but the general theory is that if a buyer can afford the list price, they’re probably going to be able to afford to run it as well. There are no diesel units on offer, and all the petrols are gas guzzlers that are going to cost quite a bit to tax. The most frugal engine in the range is the base-level S500, which returns 30mpg an emits 219g/km of CO2. The worst offender is the dual-turbo S65 AMG V12 power plant that returns 23.7mpg and emits a staggering 279g/km of CO2. This means you’d need to fork out £505 per year on road tax.Used values for this car are okay, but it will lose a significant amount of its value over the first three years. It won’t, however, lose more value than a Bentley or an Aston Martin.
Pros And Cons Of The Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG Coupe
This is a pretty big coupe, but its size doesn’t effect its performance. Thanks to customisable air suspension, the car stays as smooth as silk, and if you opt for the right optional extras – including Magic Body Control – this car can lean into bends like a it’s the star of Moto GP.
It isn’t really built for speed, but is hugely comfortable and performative. The grip is astonishing, but this can dampen the spirit somewhat of more sportier driving enthusiasts.
Lots Of New Technology
The new S-Class Coupe comes with a generous amount of standard equipment, which goes some way to justifying the high asking price. But it also comes with a fascinating list of optional extras that are at the forefront of advanced technology.
Magic Body Control is the most eye-catching on the list. It scans the road surface in front of you and adjusts the suspension so that you don’t feel the cracks in the road – or the potholes.
Mercedes has also introduced Curve Tilting Function, which allows this car to lean into bends like a world-class motorcyclist – as opposed to submitting to the power or gravity. This makes the car sportier, and it also makes it more comfortable.
It’s Safe As Houses
Mercedes have a reputation for protecting their customers with the latest safety technology, and S-Class Coupe buyers will be given the same treatment. There are a whole host of safety packages on offer to stop you from having an accident. If you do happen to have one, these packages will also help to protect you.
The S-Class Coupe comes with eight airbags as standard, as well as a system that monitors your drowsiness.
These safety packages give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy the opulence that you’re surrounded by.[vc_column_inner width=”1/2″]
No Diesel Unit On Offer
Buyers like to have a choice, and Mercedes have taken a bit of a risk by eliminating diesel engines from the range. A diesel is certainly a possibility in the future, but whether it happens is down to whether Mercedes think it would potentially dilute this car’s appeal or not.
The list price is high, and so are the running costs. Mercedes are aiming to make this car as exclusive as rival Bentley’s and Aston Martin’s, and when you compare it to their offerings, it represents decent value for money.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG Coupe vs. Mercedes S-Class Saloon vs. Bentley Continental GT
You might be wondering whether you really need to shell out more money for the S-Class Coupe when the S-Class Saloon is cheaper and more practical. Or maybe you’re weighing up the Bentley Continental GT. Let’s see how the Mercedes Coupe measures up to both these cars in the comparison section of our Mercedes S-Class AMG Coupe review.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG Coupe vs. Mercedes S-Class Saloon
[vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”37474″ img_size=”article-image”][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″]The S-Class saloon might lack the coupe’s slick looks, but it’s cheaper to buy and run, and it’s more practical. It’s also really performative, and could represent a great fall-back option if you can’t justify shelling a ton of money on the coupe.
Neither car is particularly sporty behind the wheel, although the coupe is the sportier of the two. The saloon delivers a super comfortable on the road experience, and it’s all about refinement and relaxation.This has for a long time been this car’s biggest strength, and Mercedes have doubled downed on it this time around. It grips well, body lean is nicely managed, and you also get the Magic Body Control that is available with the Coupe.
There are diesel engines available to go along with the huge list of petrols on offer. The quickest petrol in the line-up can rocket this hefty saloon from rest to 62mph in 4.3 seconds, while the cheapest unit overall to run is the plug-in hybrid S500e, which returns 100mpg and emits 65g/km of CO2. It’s free to tax and way cheaper to run than anything in the S-Class Coupe line-up.
Like the Coupe, the Mercedes S-Class Saloon benefits from a heap of advanced technology to go along with an exquisite interior that seeks to offer the last word in comfort. Keep this car purring at 70mph, and you’ll barely hear any exterior noise. The dash is classy and contemporary, the fit and finish gorgeous and upmarket, while space is everywhere.
Indeed, this car is so big that rear seat passengers might even disappear.
The size of your boot will depend on which model you choose for, but if you opt for the S300, you’ll get a range-topping boot that measures 530-litres. Go for the S65 and it’ll shrink to 470.
The saloon is the sensible choice. But it’s not going to be the most thrilling choice.
Mercedes S-Class AMG Coupe – £98,000 – £185,500
Mercedes S-Class Saloon – £68,000 – £182,000
Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG Coupe vs. Bentley Continental GT Coupe
[vc_column_inner width=”1/2″]The Bentley Continental GT is an absolute monster of a grand tourer that is performative and arguably the best piece of luxury that us Brit’s can offer right now.
This a revised version that comes with sharper exterior styling, new alloys and new leather materials. The interior continues to boast a sporting theme and blends aluminium, leather and wood together for pure luxury and comfort. It looks the businesses, feels the business, and is arguably a more unique interior than the one found in the Mercedes.[vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”37475″ img_size=”article-image”]If you quite fancy taking yourself and your loved ones for a 200mph jaunt, this machine is worth a test drive. It glides on stretches of road like a gazelle across the plains, but its handling is a bit of a letdown. A Ferrari California T, this isn’t. But thanks to an 8-speed automatic ‘box, meaty 4-wheel drive and a solid suspension setup, it does offer plenty of comfort – and plenty of speed. All engines in the range feel rapid, with the V8 capable of getting from rest to 62mph in just 4.6 seconds.
Like the Mercedes S-Class Coupe, this is not a cheap car to run. The most frugal unit can return 26.6mpg from a sensible drive, but in reality, those numbers are going to be down at the 20mpg mark. The revised Continental GT is actually a lot lighter than last time around, but it’s still saddled with those expensive running costs.
The Bentley GT is classed as a 4-seater, but the pair of rear seats are small, and it can’t carry four adults in as much comfort as the Mercedes. The front two get the best deal, and there is plenty of room upfront for maximum comfort. The sloping roofline impinges on rear seat space, while taller folk will probably grump that this coupe is certainly no luxury car! Offering 360-litres of space, the boot is smaller than the S-Class coupe’s, but overall the car is decently practical when you consider how fast it can go.
Bentley – £140,000 – £178,500
Verdict Of Our Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG Coupe Review
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