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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet, plus Luxury Electric Vehicles: Frankfurt Auto Show

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.

How Much?

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.


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Colin Ryan
Colin Ryan specializes in writing about new cars. But he has also covered trucks, vans, 3-wheelers, even the occasional motorbike. That’s the kind of thing that happens while contributing to the Los Angeles Times, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, Popular Mechanics, Variety, Mazda and Lexus customer magazines, as well as many enthusiast sites and publications. He was also a staff writer at BBC Top... Read More

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