The 2018 models bring new engine options and a number of subtle styling changes, along with upgraded equipment levels. An arrival in Australian showrooms is expected next year.
Included in styling makeover of the new Mercedes-Benz models are lightly altered bumpers with added chrome highlights, revised headlamps with optional Multibeam LED projectors as well as revised sills and chrome plated tail pipes that mimic the look of those used by the earlier S65 Coupe and Cabriolet.
The performance orientated AMG models also receive the latest Panamericana grille treatment with vertical louvers replacing the former blade design as well as a front bumper with larger air ducts for more efficient cooling of the engine bay and front brakes.
At the rear, the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet receive new OLED tail lamps. Each unit incorporates 66 individual OLEDs, providing them with a distinctive new light graphic.
Inside, there is a new three-spoke steering wheel with touch button controls as well as new trim and upholstery lines. The S-class Coupe and Cabriolet’s 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster has been upgraded with revised graphics and the choice of three new themes: Classic, Sport and Progressive. The Comand infotainment system also gets a software upgrade, allowing it to support 3D topographical map displays and Car-to-X messages among other functions.
Mercedes-Benz has also provided its range-topping coupe and cabriolet models with revised driver assistance systems in the form of the Active Distance Control Distronic cruise control and Active Steering Assist functions already brought to the S-Class saloon
In Europe, the starting point for the line-up is now the S450 4Matic Coupe. It retains the same turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine as its predecessor, the S400, with 270kW and 500Nm. However, this model is not offered in Australia.
Further up, Mercedes-Benz’s flagship coupe and cabriolet adopt the latest generation of V8 petrol engines, as already found in the S-Class saloon, with a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 in new S560 4Matic Coupe and Cabriolet models replacing the older twin-turbocharged 4.7-litre V8 in the outgoing S500 Coupe and Cabriolet.
The new engine, which features a cylinder shut off function for added fuel savings in city driving, delivers 10kW more than the engine it replaces at 435kW but the same 700Nm as before, providing the new S560 4Matic Coupe with a claimed 0-100km/h time of 4.6sec and limited 250km/h top speed together with combined cycle consumption of 8.0L/100km and a CO2 rating of 183g/km.
The S63 4Matic Coupe and Cabriolet have also been reworked. They adopt a more heavily tuned version of the twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 used by the S560 4Matic in place of the older twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 used by their predecessors. Power is up by 20kW to 450kW with torque remaining the same as the older engine at 900Nm.
The new AMG engine channels its drive through nine-speed version of AMG’s speedshift automatic gearbox and a revised four-wheel drive system boasting fully variable apportioning of drive to each axle, endowing the 2018-model year S63 4Matic+ Coupe with a claimed time of 0-100km 3.5sec and limited 250km/h top speed in combination with consumption of 9.3L/100km and an official CO2 rating of 211g/km.
At the top of the line-up is the S65 Coupe and Cabriolet. As in the S65 saloon, they retain the same twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 engine as previous models. It delivers 463kW and a generous 1000Nm of torque to provide the S65 Coupe with official 0-100km/h acceleration in 4.1sec, limited 250km/h top speed as well as consumption of 11.9L/100km and CO2 emissions put at 279g/km.
All models receive Mercedes-Benz’s nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox, save for the range topping S65 Coupe and Cabriolet, which retain the older seven speed 7G-Tronic automatic owning to their high torque loads. TheS560 Cabriolet as well as the S65 Coupe and Cabriolet are sold exclusively with rear wheel drive. The remaining models feature 4Matic four wheel drive.
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