First impressions of Mercedes-Benz S500 Coupe 4Matic
Mercedes Benz's magnificent new S 500 Coupe might carry an old name, but in many respects it's a brand new car. It is a resurrection of the German luxury car manufacturer's most revered model and it offers a ground-breaking and highly advanced tilting chassis which enables it to corner in a fashion not dissimilar to a speeding motorbike.
The car is scheduled to be released in the UK market in September at a price of around £95 000. It will replace the CL 500, which has been discontinued after 8 years.
Strikingly styled with the type of attention to detail one will expect from a vehicle that is the epitome of everything Mercedes Benz stands for, the 2-door offers a decidedly more distinctive look than the car it replaces.
The same can be said of the new model's interior. Although it shares some elements with the S-Class Saloon, it boasts its own custom-designed dashboard facia and the associated trims are also unique to this model.
The car offers a magnificent driving environment with astounding comfort levels, top notch quality and some very useful extras. The rear seats now provide additional space, although the boot is 90 litres smaller as a result of the car's slanted rear end.
It's very difficult indeed to fault the new model's V8 4.7-litre dual-turbo engine, which has been tuned up slightly from the version used in the old CL500 and now produced 448bhp of power instead of 429bhp.