What Is It?
As beautiful as they are, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet form just a slice of the 3-pointed star’s action at the 2017 Frankfurt Auto Show. We also have a couple of futuristic cars to tell you all about.
Firstly, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet are the latest derivations of the ever-awesome S-Class flagship sedan. That 4-door model has recently received a midcycle refreshment, so the same approach applies to these 2-door coupe and open-top variants.
In addition to some styling changes, what used to be the S 550 (twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8) has become the S 560, enjoying a boost in power from 449 to 463 horsepower (last year’s torque figure of 516 lb-ft remains the same). The AMG S 63 versions now enjoy 603 hp (previously 577 hp), while the AMG S 65 cars stick with their perfectly muscular 621 hp.
Back to the S 560’s engine for a second. It uses cylinder deactivation to become what Mercedes-Benz claims is "one of the world’s most economical V8" gasoline engines.
New organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) are in the taillights, and the cabins house a pair of 12.3-inch displays that have been combined into one large unit called the "Widescreen Cockpit." The Cabriolet also enjoys an air suspension as standard, while both models may be fitted with a plethora of high-tech safety and convenience features.
The Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA shows the company getting more deeply into all-electric vehicles. The EQA is a compact car, the size of an A-Class. Admittedly, the A-Class is not sold in the United States, but it contributes a platform to the CLA compact sedan and GLA compact crossover.
A pair of electric motors provides up to 268 hp, which is a lot in a compact car (more powerful than a Volkswagen Golf GTI, for example), and maximum range is 248 miles. Mercedes-Benz has declared its intention to offer more than 10 all-electric vehicles by 2022 (only 5 years away).
Another arrow in this eco-quiver is the GLC F-Cell, a version of the popular premium compact crossover that uses hydrogen. But it introduces a twist. Instead of using just a fuel cell splitting hydrogen into electrons as the only form of energy supply (with water vapor as the sole emission), the GLC F-Cell brings a plug-in hybrid element as well.
Once a driver finds a hydrogen pump (at the moment, only California has them in the United States), refueling takes just a few minutes. Recharging the lithium-ion battery is also relatively quick, at 1.5 hours. Factor in a range of 271 miles, 197 hp, 258 lb-ft of torque, near-silent operation and a high-class cabin, and the GLC F-Cell becomes more intriguing. It’s set to go on sale in Germany toward the end of 2019.
Prices are still to be announced. As an indication, the 2017 S 550 coupe starts at $123,675.
When Can You Get It?
The 2018 S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet go on sale in the middle of 2018.
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
Anything based on an S-Class is one of the finest vehicles in the world.
Other Cars to Consider
2018 Lexus LC — An all-new coupe based on the latest generation of the LS flagship sedan. Otherwise, there’s scant competition for the S-Class coupe and cabriolet.
2018 Mercedes-Benz SL — Can’t decide between a coupe and a convertible? Have both, thanks to the SL’s folding hard top. It only seats two instead of four, but that makes it more intimate.