Two-door S-Class a most opulent option
- Sumptuous cabin
- Lots of tech
- Great engines
- Interior space
- Rivals perform better
- Expensive options
- We’ve yet to drive AMG versions
As extravagances go, the striking Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is right up there with mansions, tennis courts and private aviation.
What we have here is a two-door luxury car based on the same underpinnings as the plush, tech-laden S-Class Saloon. That means it’s massive inside, with more than enough room for four adults. But since it hasn’t got that number of doors, it’s better-suited to just two occupants.
There’s a very smart interior and lots of tech to keep you entertained, along with genuine driving talent despite the car’s huge proportions for a two-door.
Trio of models
Even the base-spec S 500 Coupe isn’t slow by any stretch – the 4.6-litre V8 engine helps the car cover 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds – but the performance versions of this car (named Mercedes-AMG S 63 and S 65 Coupe, more expensive still) take care of that side of proceedings, hitting 62mph in 4.2 and 4.1 seconds respectively thanks to yet more power from the V8 or, in the case of the 65, the installation of a monster V12.
The cost of the latter performance derivative is huge relative to the other cars in the range, but while that makes it impossible for us to recommend as a shrewd buy, there’s undoubtedly a market for this sort of lavishness. Why stick with eight cylinders when 12 is better?
Its rivals with that in mind are many and varied since there’s a huge breadth of performance on offer. We’d suggest the Porsche 911, Aston Martin DB11 and the Bentley Continental GT are worthwhile alternatives, but you could also factor in the Maserati Granturismo, Ferrari FF (now called the GTC4lusso) or even F12berlinetta.
Bursting with kit
There is a titanic amount of equipment on the S-Class Coupe, and rightly so since the S is the flagship of the Mercedes line-up. Standard fare here is luxurious, with usually extra-cost items such as a powered tailgate and a panoramic glass sunroof thrown in for the list price.
Of course, you’re also welcome to add more from the extensive list of personalisation options available, offering tech like night vision alongside headlights with crystals and tuition at a special AMG driving school.
There are drawbacks
Of course, no S-Class Coupe will be cheap to run. You can expect sky-high bills from the insurance company, the DVLA for car tax and your local petrol station. But if you’ve got enough to buy the car in the first place then this probably isn’t a concern.