by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

SPY: The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé (C 217) in a fresh set of scoops

After Mercedes-Benz launches the brand new S-Class in summer this year, the S-Class Coupé replacing the current CL-Class (C 216) will follow next summer and premiere at the Paris Motor Show 2014. The C 217 will be a daring car for the German constructor: stuffed with intelligent technology and brimming with dynamism and elegance.

The new S-Class Coupé continues the rich heritage of Mercedes-Benz regarding large-sized, luxury 2-door models. For the first time since the W 111/W 112 generation, a Cabriolet version slated to debut in 2015 returns to complete the already expanding S-Class lineup.

The road development phase for the C 217 began in February, some months after the first test prototypes of the cabriolet (internally codenamed A 217) rolled off in Europe in October 2012. As you may see in the gallery, the latest scoops come from Germany and Northern Scandinavia.

If you feel the outgoing CL series is rather silent and boring, then prepare yourself for the revolution the new S-Class Coupé will bring at Mercedes-Benz. First of all, the C 217 brings with it a whole new design language combining traditional styling with a modern, progressive philosophy to complete a uniformly blended character.

Inspiration comes from the latest concept cars showcased in the recent years, like the F 700, F 800 Style and F 125!. The front end is now dominated by the large, single-louvre design grille with the Star placed centrally and the LED headlights that towards the sides.

The wheelbase seems to be wider compared to the C 216 generation, giving the entire car an all new perspective. The beautifully sculpted wings and rakish roofline in true Mercedes-Benz style, together with a clean, upright profile signal the S-Class Coupé as one sensational piece of automotive art.

The muscular rear shoulders add substantial self-assurance and invite everyone to have a look at the redesigned back end. The LED tail lights are now thinner and horizontally positioned, pointing to the centrepart of the boot lid. For that reason, the licence plate spot has been moved to the rear bumper, also marking a premiere for Mercedes-Benz.

To sum up, the 2015 S-Class Coupé will be a total departure from today's CL. Baring the signs of its winning predecessors, yet going in favour of a distinct approach that makes it clearly the most dynamic and sporty luxury 2-door model in the history of Mercedes-Benz in terms of styling.

Inside, the premium touch will be all so present. Apart from some details on the door covers and some repositioning of certain controls, the entire dashboard and technology will come from the upcoming S-Class (W 222). Only the most refined leather will be used for the upholstery on seats and upper part of the dashboard. Pure essence wood and high-sheen metallic trim will further enhance the aesthetics and wellbeing inside the C 217.

The new S-Class Coupé will feature the latest breakthroughs by Mercedes-Benz: MAGIC RIDE CONTROL, MAGIC BODY CONTROL, PRE-SAFE, @yourCOMAND integrated infotainment, Autonomous Driving Pilot, Car-to-X communication, eCall emergency system, Beltbag plus several other assistants premiered on the S-Class (W 222). Moreso, the new Mercedes Rearwheel Architecture (MRA) will enhance ride dynamics and driving pleasure while also retaining the hallmark Mercedes-Benz comfort.

As always, the engine lineup will consist solely of "V" petrol engines. The baseline choice is the S 500 Coupé powered by the 4.7-litre MoV8 BlueDIRECT engine rated at 450-460 hp. A plug-in hybrid version is also possible in the next years; the V6 + electric motor combination should deliver around 415 hp. Next on the list is the S 600 with a new V12 powerplant engineered by Mercedes-AMG and capable of 550-560 hp. The future S 63 AMG Coupé could feature a new 4.0-litre BITURBO 8-cylinder petrol unit cranking out a massive 585 hp and may also be available as S-Model with all-wheel-drive traction thanks to the development of the PERFORMANCE 4MATIC system already in use on the new E 63 AMG 2013 model year. The range-topping S 65 AMG Coupé will remain committed to the rear-drive configuration and will be equipped with an upgraded, efficiency-improved version of the current M279 6.0-litre V12 engine boasting a massive 650 hp.

Related articles:

- SPY: The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé (C 217) - First on-road scoops

- PREVIEW: The future 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe (C 217) artistically rendered

- SPY: The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet (A 217) scooped on the test track

- SPY: First sighting of the future 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet (A 217)

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