2015 is coming and Mercedes-Benz prepared a special car to celebrate. This is the most beautiful car currently offered by this luxury brand: the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 4Matic Coupe.
Keen to reaffirm the connection between its flagship grand-touring two-door and the S-class sedan that sired that car, Mercedes has canned the coupe’s old badge. The CL is now known as the S-class coupe.
For around $120,000, the S550 gets a 449-hp, twin-turbo, 4.7-liter V-8 that hauls the car’s 4607-pound arse to 60 mph in an estimated 4.5 seconds. The sweeter-steering S63 is a claimed 44 pounds lighter—150 pounds lighter than last year’s CL63. It also benefits from 577 hp, with the result that it’ll dip into the threes on the run to 60 mph.
Even allowing for the fact that the coupes are 8.6 inches shorter between the axles than the long-wheelbase S-class sedan, that’s impressive. And while both are too heavy and isolate you too much from the road to be sports-car material, they acquit themselves well in the curves, displaying strong grip and good roll resistance, the gentle slip into understeer disguised by a stability-control system that’s more discreet than a Capitol Hill escort.