The updated S-Class range gets new styling tweaks, engine ranges, and of course high-tech driving assists.
The F1-powered Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar was the undisputed star of this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, but it’s out of reach for most people. We’re not just referring to its astronomical $2 million price tag, either – all 275 models planned for production have already been sold out. Fortunately, Mercedes also brought along its new updated S-Class range which won’t have a production cap, with the recently revealed 2018 S-Class coupe and its Cabriolet counterpart making their public debuts at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
Both the new S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet have received a facelift bringing new styling tweaks, a new engine range, and a long list of advanced driver assists. The most obvious styling change is the addition of an AMG Panamericana grille that first featured on the updated AMG GT, along with OLED tail lamps, and redesigned headlights and front and rear bumpers. The Cabriolet also benefits from a Aircap wind deflector and Airscarf neck warmer, which have been carried over from the previous model. Interior infotainment is operated by two 12.3-inch touchscreen displays integrated into the instrument panel featuring the latest generation of Mercedes’ COMAND Navigation.
The instrument cluster can also now be controlled by the steering wheel using touch controls. Luxurious optional extras include Energizing Comfort Control that tailors the car’s comfort functions, from the fragrancing of the climate control, to ambient lighting, heated seats, and a mood-enhancing seat massage system. Mercedes hasn’t skimped on safety tech either, as both models feature the same range of driver assists as the flagship 2018 S-Class sedan that bring the range closer to fully autonomous driving. That means you get Active Distance Assist Distronic and Active Steering Assist systems as standard, which analyze the road and adjust the speed accordingly for bends and intersections using cameras.
Powering both models is a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that produces 463-horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. While the Coupe is available in rear- and all-wheel drive, the Cabriolet is rear-wheel drive only. 0-62 mph takes 4.5 seconds in both the hardtop and convertible S-Class before topping out at an electronically limited 130 mph. For those seeking some extra grunt, the AMG variants of the Mercedes S63 and S65 pack even more power, hence the need for larger front air cooling ducts. The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 powering the AMG S63 has been cranked up to 603-hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, while the S65 boasts a 6.0-liter V12 with 621-hp and 738 lb-ft of torque.
Power is sent to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic in the AMG S63, while the AMG S65 has a seven-speed transmission and is only available in rear-wheel drive. In terms of performance, the AMG S63 will do 0-62 mph in 3.4 seconds, while the AMG S65 needs four seconds to do the same sprint.