With the four-door Mercedes-Benz S-Class benefiting from a host of upgrades and style updates for the 2018 model year, it wouldn’t be fitting to leave the German luxury sedan’s two-door variants in the dust. But rather than rolling out different S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet specs gradually over the next year or so, Benz is bringing them all to Frankfurt, which means we’re seeing everything from the base-level Coupe and Cabriolet (now designated the S560, just like the sedan) to the hotter AMG S63 and S65 coupe and drop-top at once.
Yep, that’s six updated S-Class two-doors to keep track of, all dropping at the same time.
Fortunately, mechanical specs are very similar between the respective hardtop and rag-top variants. The newly rechristened S560 versions are powered by a 4.0-liter turbo V8; coupes are all-wheel drive, while cabrios are either all- or rear-wheel drive.
The biggest powertrain change here is the S63’s new 4.0-liter turbocharged V8; as with the AMG S63 sedan, the smaller AMG motor replaces the 5.5-liter V8 under the hood of 2017 models. Though torque remains steady at 664 lb-ft, the smaller motor produces 26 more horses for a total of 603.
AMG S65 cars still get the 6.0-liter V12 with its 621 hp and impressive 738 lb-ft of torque; both S65 coupe and cabrio are rear-wheel drive exclusively.
The 0-60 times and top speeds for both coupes and cabrios are 4.5 seconds/130 mph, 3.4 seconds/186 mph and 4.0 seconds/186 mph for the S560, S63 and S65 cars, respectively.
Visually, all of the cars get new front and rear fascias, but this is most noticeable on the AMG variants; S63 and S65 coupes and cabriolets now wear the toothed “Panamericana” grille that we first saw, in its modern incarnation at least, on the AMG GT.
Beyond that, there’s more tech than ever inside these things. Not content to let the new Audi A8 steal all of the semi-autonomous thunder, Mercedes-Benz loaded up its flagship sedan with more driver assist technology than ever before; it’s all here on the two-doors, too. Active lane change assist, which will switch lanes for you if you hit the blinker and the car detects an empty adjacent lane, migrates to the S-Class from the E-Class. Active steering assist, meanwhile, now works at a wider range of speeds and through curves of a tighter radius, and it’s supposedly better-equipped to handle sketchy or non-existent road markings.
Other systems, like blind spot assist, are honed to work at a wider range of speeds and under an increasing range of conditions. Autonomy might not be here yet, but it seems to be doing its best to creep up on us…
While the S-Class sedan is arriving in dealerships at this very moment, all of the two-door cars will show up “mid-2018,” according to Benz. Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date.