By on March 5, 2014

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Just to be sure that nobody would confuse it with the Acura CL, Mercedes is now calling it the S-Class Coupe.

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40 Comments on “Geneva 2014: Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe...”


  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Should have been called SEC. Not sure if it was just the color combination or not but I don’t care much for the interior. The buttons on the center console look a bit like metallic piano keys.

    • 0 avatar
      Ryoku75

      Its way too easy to mis-type SEC with an X instead of the C.

      That being said the new Benz’s are too genericmessy in general I think, much like other current cars their front ends look like hunched frogs.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      It’s too long, and rows of little identical shaped buttons went out about the same time the Alfa 156 left the US. Also, bleh red. I’ve never liked Mercedes vulgar red.

      But then again this is a car for wealthy, older, vulgar-wealth men. Loud red appeals to them, as do baroque speaker details. That bit is straight up 1970s office intercom.

      • 0 avatar
        raresleeper

        The red is vulgar seemingly on the new models.

        I do, however, remember a certain cabriolet called the 280SE which was also white with a red interior. Perhaps they are trying to somewhat stick to their roots with this combo.

        The red interior donning the 280SE was certainly NOT vulgar… it was timeless.

        I would happily sign my life over for one of those 280SE’s, by the way.

    • 0 avatar

      Call it the SEC? You mean the Securities and Exchange Commission?

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Nice.

        “The W126 series (named in accordance to their engine size) initially included the 280, 300, 380, and 500 series models. Following the first S-Class mid-cycle refresh, the W126 series included 260, 300, 350, 420, 500, and 560 models. Variants included SE (standard wheelbase), SEL (long-wheelbase), SEC (coupé), and diesel models (SD / SDL).”

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_W126

      • 0 avatar
        raresleeper

        Really?

        Securities Exchange Commision.

        Lol

    • 0 avatar
      Carfan94

      It should have been called the CL. I dont like the red interior and flat bottom steering wheel.

  • avatar
    RHD

    A Hyundai with a ’50s dash and inverted Crossfire strakes on the hood, with visibility that would give a goldfish claustrophobia. And how much is the MSRP?

  • avatar
    IHateCars

    Nice car but the top of that steering wheel would be too hot to touch if left parked and sitting in the sun for a few hours.

  • avatar
    olddavid

    I cannot get to a point where this car looks good to me. As in Mercedes-like good. The last cars that exuded class and distinction were the late 80’s SEC’s. I’m probably a minority opinion on this, but those cars looked, sounded and drove like their progenitors – the Panzers. I’m actually trying to put my money where my opinion lies by selling the 450, and looking for a 500. My convertible days are past – even ones with a detachable hardtop. I’ll probably learn a couple of $1000 lessons, like how much a heater motor with resistance elements costs, but they’re just too cool, with those long doors and no post.

    • 0 avatar
      CoreyDL

      The early-mid 90s S500/600 coupe looks pretty good, even today. Saw one just last week.

    • 0 avatar
      gasser

      +1 on ’80s SEC. I had a black/black 1988 560 SEC that I drove for 17 years. Very reliable and with a good local mechanic, reasonable costs to maintain. The 15″ wheels did look ridiculous in the 21st century. Excellent paint and leather interior looked good right up until I sold it.

      • 0 avatar
        olddavid

        I’m an old dinosaur who thinks the 15’s, while small, are appropriate for the car. I looked at one last week with 45 series 19’s and it wasn’t right – like wide whites on a new car. There is a guy here that can decipher all the German cars, and is generous with advice. This will be another adventure I’m looking forward to. Wish I’d found your car when sold. I think my experience with my SL has my eyes open to reasonable costs. One lesson – never go to the Merc dealer.

        • 0 avatar
          hachee

          I’m with you on the wheel sizes, but they didn’t look that small because the tire profiles were much higher. I miss the meatier look of these tires, especially on cars like this and exotics.

    • 0 avatar
      hachee

      With very few exceptions, the W126 SEC was the last of the truly gorgeous, timeless and great Mercedes. As “nice” and impressive as the newest cars are (and it’s hard to deny when you’re sitting in one), they just don’t compare with the old, on looks, image, and feel.

      Maybe I’m getting old, but I really don’t like the way this company and its cars have evolved.

  • avatar

    BTW, that instrument panel is basically a giant elongated iPad.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    So the CL600 is gone now? This is a fitting replacement for those with more money than taste. Why anyone would pass up a Bentley coupe for this is beyond me.

    And each time I hear Acura CL it occurs to me they should still make it, as the Accord Coupe needs a fancier cousin. The CL coupe was (I believe) the last car to say ACURA across the rear that way. Always liked it! Resale values prove their popularity as well, especially the CL Type S.

    A final comment – the rear is awfully similar to the current 650i (which is very pretty, and cheaper, and I like it better than this).

    • 0 avatar
      ellomdian

      The interior of the S blows the doors off the BMW, and I am a BMW apologist and Fanboi. Really 2 different classes of cars – you could potentially get the 650 up there with a bespoke package, but the base starts 25-30k below the Merc. If BMW follows suit (and it seems unlikely) with a 7-based coupe (keep in mind the 6 is based on the 5) then you would have a horse race.

      Keep in mind you can’t get in the Bentley (new) for less than $170k, and that this will only approach those numbers if you tick every box on the list and then some. Even if you’re spending 6 figures on the car, $50k makes a difference. Also, Mercedes buyers and Bentley buyers may have some similarities in the Venn diagram of Rich People, but in practice they are very different individuals. Mercedes makes a TON of money on people who haven’t driven anything without a Star since the 80’s, Bentley just became a real brand again in the 2nd half of the last decade.

    • 0 avatar
      Waterview

      I loved it until I saw the full, side view and then I thought “oh no, it’s a 650i”.

      Perhaps the distinctions are very subtle, but I could see a buyer passing on the Bentley because it can be a bit “in your face”.

  • avatar
    NeilM

    Clearly the ‘S’ does not stand for subtle. Wonder if this car has the optional Liberace trim package, or is that extra?

    Should do well in the Middle East market.

    • 0 avatar
      raresleeper

      Agreed. Subtle would be good here. Tone it down just a couple notches.

      From what I’ve noticed with high level execs in my company, to the more upscale neighborhoods where I live… space-age Jetsonesque qualities do not always appeal to the upper crust.

      Though this could have been much more offensive… could have the ugly, acquired tastes of an Acura snout.

      Nevertheless, energy sheiks in Dubai will be clapping as they pull them off the cargo planes.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    I seem to remember a time when Benzes weren’t gaudy…

  • avatar
    dal20402

    I love, love, love these rims.

    But otherwise… it’s a nice car. It will do well for its audience, who are people who want to let you know they’re rich but not be Bentley blingy. But it’s too big and a bit too fat-looking for my taste.

    Get me those rims and this car’s 4.7 V8 in an E-class coupe and then we’d be talking. I’ve always liked the current E coupe.

  • avatar

    Your considerably-younger-girlfriend should absolutely love this car!

  • avatar
    TonyP

    I tried to write a comment saying how unnecessary this car is but the space between the E-Coupe and the SLS is quite substantial if you only want two doors.

    What I will say is why would anyone spend this cash on a two door luxury car without buying a Bentley CGT?

    • 0 avatar
      ellomdian

      Keep in mind you can’t get in the Bentley (new) for less than $170k, and that this will only approach those numbers if you tick every box on the list and then some. Even if you’re spending 6 figures on the car, $50k makes a difference. Also, Mercedes buyers and Bentley buyers may have some similarities in the Venn diagram of Rich People, but in practice they are very different individuals. Mercedes makes a TON of money on people who haven’t driven anything without a Star since the 80′s, Bentley just became a real brand again in the 2nd half of the last decade.

      C&P from above…

  • avatar
    87 Morgan

    I find the BMW 650 to be much more pleasing to look at. As an aficionado of cars from a simpler time, i cannot help but feel sad for the elderstatesmen and women of the wealthy class. It seems that in order to get a class differentiating vehicle you have to learn an awful lot of technology that some may not be up to the task, the whole old dog new tricks sort of thing.

    That interior is a love it or hate it affair. I am fairly certain I fall into the no thanks category. The BMW feels like it is not trying so hard to fit into its class.

  • avatar
    rvittori

    What a bunch of hatters. The car is beautiful. You need to get with the times. This is the new Mercedes styling and future and for many of us, it is gorgeous.

  • avatar
    stanczyk

    Proper full-size coupe ! .. nobody produce these things today ..
    (Cadillac should prepare car of this size [yeah, call it Eldorado..]

    .. but I’ve noticed little problem: why this car has a shmancy-fancy-blinky grill that looks like this one from cheap CLA-hipster-mobile .. .. ?!?

  • avatar
    300zx_guy

    As a fan of large coupes, I think the exterior looks great, until you get around back, not a fan of the chrome unibrow over the taillights (though better than the dual brows on the Buick Verano). Interior is more appropriate for the S class sedan, seems like a mismatch in a sleek coupe. As for the BMW 6-series comparisons, I think this is aiming a rung above the 6-series. Like maybe if BMW does a new 8-series.


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