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Tech injection to carry two-door S-Class into 2018

Tech injection to carry two-do...
The new S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show
The new S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show
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Behind the wheel of the refreshed Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
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Behind the wheel of the refreshed Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe 
The steering wheel in the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe now holds the controls for the cruise control
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The steering wheel in the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe now holds the controls for the cruise control 
The OLED brake lights on the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe can perform funky animations on unlock
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The OLED brake lights on the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe can perform funky animations on unlock
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is available with a V8 or V12 engine in AMG trim
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The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is available with a V8 or V12 engine in AMG trim 
The V8-powered S63 AMG isn't the only AMG option
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The V8-powered S63 AMG isn't the only AMG option
The S63 AMG has 900 Nm of torque on tap
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The S63 AMG has 900 Nm of torque on tap
OLED brake lights on the Mercedes S63 AMG
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OLED brake lights on the Mercedes S63 AMG
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe has the same adaptive cruise control system as the sedan
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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe has the same adaptive cruise control system as the sedan
Under the hood of the Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe
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Under the hood of the Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe 
The grille of the S63 AMG is inspired by the AMG GT R
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The grille of the S63 AMG is inspired by the AMG GT R
The nose of the new Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet
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The nose of the new Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet 
The OLED brake lights on the S63 Cabriolet
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The OLED brake lights on the S63 Cabriolet 
Behind the wheel of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet
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Behind the wheel of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet 
The displays in the S-Class Cabrio and Coupe have been updated for 2017
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The displays in the S-Class Cabrio and Coupe have been updated for 2017
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe can be optioned with all-wheel drive
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The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe can be optioned with all-wheel drive 
The design of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is largely unchanged from before
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The design of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is largely unchanged from before
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is available with a V6, V8 or V12
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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe is available with a V6, V8 or V12
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe has OLED brake lights
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The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe has OLED brake lights 
Mercedes has tried to make the rear of the S-Class Coupe look wide
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Mercedes has tried to make the rear of the S-Class Coupe look wide 
There are two new wheel designs available on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
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There are two new wheel designs available on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
The S-Class Coupe will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show
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The S-Class Coupe will make its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show 
The new S-Class Coupe will join the refreshed sedan and Cabriolet
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The new S-Class Coupe will join the refreshed sedan and Cabriolet 
A closer look at the OLED lights on the new S-Class
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A closer look at the OLED lights on the new S-Class 
The detailing on the Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet is predictably beautiful
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The detailing on the Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet is predictably beautiful
The new S-Class Cabriolet is inspired by yachts down back
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The new S-Class Cabriolet is inspired by yachts down back 
The interior of the S-Class Cabriolet stands out with the roof down
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The interior of the S-Class Cabriolet stands out with the roof down
The S-Class Cabriolet
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The S-Class Cabriolet 
The roof on the S-Class Cabriolet can be specced in a range of colors
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The roof on the S-Class Cabriolet can be specced in a range of colors 
The S-Class Cabriolet has OLED brake lights
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The S-Class Cabriolet has OLED brake lights 
The chrome trim on the nose of the S-Class adds a touch of class
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The chrome trim on the nose of the S-Class adds a touch of class 
The S-Class Cabriolet with its roof up
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The S-Class Cabriolet with its roof up
The roof of the S-Class Cabriolet in action
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The roof of the S-Class Cabriolet in action
The new S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show
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The new S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will be on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show
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What happens when you take the most luxurious, technologically advanced car in the Mercedes lineup and switch focus to the driver instead of the rear passengers? You get the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet. Like the sedan, the Coupe and Cabriolet have been treated to a mid-life refresh with more technology, sharper looks and even better engines ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Although it isn't a brand-new model, there's still plenty to talk about in the new S-Classes. On the outside, there are new OLED brake lights capable of funky animations and a range of brightness levels based on the conditions. The technology debuted in the BMW M4 GTS, and has subsequently appeared on the Audi A8. Expect to see it appear in more cars soon, because the technology opens the door for new and interesting design elements not possible with conventional lighting technologies.

Beside the OLED brake lights, the exterior tweaks are minimal. There are two new wheel designs for AMG Line cars, both of which can be finished in titanium-grey or glossy black. The basic coupe and cabriolet shapes were already handsome, so sticking to the formula isn't necessarily a bad thing.

The new S-Class Coupe will join the refreshed sedan and Cabriolet
The new S-Class Coupe will join the refreshed sedan and Cabriolet 

The biggest changes have been rung in behind the wheel. The new steering wheel is outfitted with the touchpad tech that debuted in the E-Class, and the dual-display widescreen dashboard setup for infotainment and driver information has been given a resolution boost. Cruise control is now managed through steering wheel buttons instead of a column stalk, and voice control can now be used to manage the air conditioning, seat massagers, interior lighting and head-up display.

The updated semi-autonomous driver assistance tech from the S-Class sedan has made the jump to the Coupe and Cabriolet, which means the car will steer itself at speeds of up to 210 km/h (130 mph) on the autobahn, and automatically slows for junctions, toll booths and, if there is a destination in the nav, the correct freeway exit. It also lifts off the throttle to save fuel on long downhill stretches, and adapts to changing speed limits without being prompted by the driver.

Having debuted in the S-Class Coupe in 2014, the Magic Body Control suspension system – which actively helps the car lean into corners for a smoother ride – has been updated with a better stereo camera, and now works up to 180 km/h (112 mph). The system is optional on the Coupe, and doesn't feature on the Cabriolet.

Under the hood of the Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe
Under the hood of the Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe 

There are plenty of choices when it comes time to select an engine, provided you're not looking for a fuel-sipping four-cylinder. The Coupe is available with a 270-kW (367-hp) V6 in base S450 4MATIC trim, while the Cabrio range starts with the 345-kW (469-hp) S560 V8. Those who need more can also have their two-door S-Class in S63 and S65 AMG trim. The S63 makes 450 kW (612 hp) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque from its four-liter V8, while the range-topping S65 has a 463-kW (630-hp) V12 under its shapely hood.

Pricing for the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet hasn't been announced. The car will be on show in Frankfurt next week, where New Atlas will be on the ground covering all the action.

Source: Daimler

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guzmanchinky
I have a deposit to purchase the convertible in mid 2018. I think this might be the ultimate car.
Unless Tesla builds a convertible on the Model S chassis... :)