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Mercedes S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet revealed


The rear of the coupe continues to get a sporty looking stance. Highlights include a front bumper with a chrome-plated front splitter and large air inlets as well as revised side skirts and chrome-plated twin tailpipes.

Ultra-bright OLED (organic light emitting diode) tail lights are now fitted as standard, and include 66 individual LEDs to provide exceptional brightness. As part of their mid-life updates, the pair of two-door cars get subtle design tweaks, improved interior features, more driver-assist tech and realigned engine range. Available in the United Kingdom with V8 and V12 power-plants, the new four-seater coupe and cabriolet should go on sale at the beginning of next year with prices starting at somewhere over £100,000.

Both get a giant new "Panamericana" grille. Of course there's the latest generation of the company's COMAND infotainment system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also new is a Near Field Communication feature; it transforms a smartphone into a digital vehicle key and features wireless charging via a charging pad in the center console. Up to six distinct programs are available under the Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, Joy, Comfort and Training modes.

Driving assistance systems So-called Active Distance Control Distronic can now adjust its speed automatically ahead of bends, junctions and roundabouts via links with the navigation mapping data. The central display screen shows a unique graphic, while the internal ambient lighting is adjusted along with the internal temperature depending on the lighting selected.

Mercedes-AMG has yet to release United Kingdom prices for the new G63 and G65 Exclusive Editions, though German prices put them at €163,125 and €287,658 respectively.

At the AMG end of the range, the S63 Coupe and Cabriolet have seen their power output upped from 585hp to 612hp, this despite their engines being downsized from 5.5-litres to the "hot-V" 4.0.

The more powerful Mercedes-AMG S 63 4Matic + uses the same 603bhp AMG built 4-litre V8 engine as the E 63 S and S 63 saloons, sharing the same 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system to try and contain the furious 664lb ft of torque. The S65, on the other hand, get a 7-speed TCT auto to better handle the higher torque loads.

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